The parking lot at the mall was so full we stopped to take a look. I haven't seen it that busy in years. There are only a handful of holiday kiosks, and it didn't seem very crowded inside, but more people were moving around, so that's good. Also there was a dance class of a couple dozen people, which is a promising sign. They had the holiday village of figurines up, too, which is always fun to see. :D Also, there's a food booth again, which there wasn't for a while. This ones sells fair food -- corn dogs, funnel cakes, shakeups, that sort of thing. I've only seen one store like that before, in another mall, and I think they're nifty. We plan to go back another day for some clothes shopping and lunch.
We ate supper at Denny's. They have a great holiday platter, and we shared an apple crisp for dessert.
Then we drove through the local display of holiday lights, Mattoon Lightworks. Everything is LED now. There are a bunch of new figures this year. The cement truck was particularly amusing. :D I'm happy to see more local businesses represented. I dropped $5 in their donation bin.
We went grocery shopping too. We'll need to go back out later in the week to get some fresh ingredients for a planned meal with friends.