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Destiny USA still pulls in customers on Christmas Day

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Destiny USA still pulls in customers on Christmas Day
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There can be a serious lack of options if you feel like going out on Christmas Day. Our Andrew Sorensen takes a look at why people go out on Christmas Day and where they go.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The scene at Destiny USA on Christmas Day is an eerie contrast from the frenzy that's consumed it for a month.

Stores are still decorated for sales that are now over, Christmas carols are still sending subtle messages to get those last few gifts that you've no doubt given up on by now, but the Christmas spirit seems hollow with nothing left to do.

The mall is just about as close to a ghost town as you could get. Everything is shut down, the lights are off, but there are a few people here. The question is, why are they here?

"This is the best time to be at the mall, nobody's here, walk around, waste some time," Chad Sims said.

Sims and Kari Williams are among the stragglers, still wandering. But they say they're not just here to walk, they're here to see a movie.

"Yes, that's the only reason we're here, there's nothing else open," Williams said.

In fact, the only part of the mall with any signs of life is the movie theater. Scores of people lined up to see “Les Miserables,” “The Hobbit” and “Django Unchained.”

"Nothing better to do, really. We did Christmas presents in the morning, just had dinner and it's a good way to spend the evening," said moviegoer Jessica Allen.

Some people do it every year, but the reason anybody comes, seems to be a constant: No options.

"I don't know, something to do, get you out of the house after you've been eating all day," said Lyn Miralles.

"We had nothing else to do so we thought, we'd go to the mall and go see a movie," fellow moviegoer Melissa Bassett said.

It makes you wonder if other things were open, whether people would do that too. But it does seem the perfect way to wind down from the frenzy of the holidays.

So as long as there's no place to go, let the movie roll.

Most Destiny shops plan to re-open Wednesday after the holiday.

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