LAYTON -- The trick-or-treaters had barely left the Layton Hills Mall when mall employees began decorating for Christmas.
"As soon as we closed the doors on Monday night and opened the doors Tuesday morning, we started setting up the Christmas decorations," said Galen Spencer, mall general manager.
The Layton Hills Mall (pictured) is not alone. Newgate Mall general manager Brent Parkin also has been busy this week as crews there prepare for "the most wonderful time of the year."
"Christmas decorations, especially for a mall, take a long time to put up, so it takes us up to a week to get them up," Parkin said.
So while most Top of Utah residents are weeks away from buying the Thanksgiving Day turkey, visitors at the mall are seeing trees, lights and candy canes. Both mall managers say the first week in November is the perfect time to set up for Christmas.
Since beginning their holiday setup, Spencer and Parkin say they have received only positive feedback.
"We've had customers this week say how excited they are for the Christmas decorations," Parkin said.
Besides, as they point out, warehouse stores throughout the area are already selling Christmas trees and yard decorations.
"Some stores around town start setting up in September," Spencer said. "I think most of the public is very positive about when we set up. We have to have it set up for Santa's arrival and for Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving)."
Santa is expected to make a quiet entry into the Layton Hills Mall on Nov. 12. When he arrives, he'll notice a new look to his home.
A company in Park City refurbished the mall's Christmas set, providing Santa a new toy shop and house, which includes a fireplace, Santa's chair, and a new paint job. Seven years have passed since the last time the set was painted.
Santa's entrance into the Newgate Mall, also on Nov. 12, will be a noisier affair. At 8:30 a.m., Saint Nick will make his holiday debut on the Mini-Express Train and travel on his train to the new Peppermint Depot, which is new to the mall this year.
Along with replacing the old Christmas set, which had been around for five years, the new, old-fashioned home for the train will help celebrate the mall's 30th anniversary.
"When it was originally built 30 years ago, the mall was built to resemble a train depot," Parkin said.
"A lot of that was taken out during the remodel 15 years ago. This new set is wonderful because trains and railroads are really timeless. Kids are fascinated with trains."