Standing in line in the cold and dark in order to get a good price on a flat screen TV seems like extremely strange behavior, but shopping on Black Friday can be a fun, festive experience. It's also a great way to get a lot of your Christmas shopping done in just a few hours. I actually love Black Friday, and a lot of Salt Lake shoppers seem to agree with me.

Most malls and discount stores will be opening before dawn Friday, and in some cases shopping starts Thursday night. Major malls in the Salt Lake area will make a party out of Black Friday, with giveaways and entertainment.

Here's a list of Black Friday events in the Salt Lake area, so you can strategically plan your bargain-hunting. Happy Shopping!

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