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Holiday mall hours around Baltimore

Centre at Glen Burnie

Nov. 27: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Nov. 28: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Nov. 29: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Nov. 30: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

More hours coming soon.

Eastpoint Mall

Nov. 27: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Nov. 28: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Nov. 29: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Nov. 30: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

More hours coming soon.


Nov. 27: CLOSED
Nov. 28: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Nov. 29: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Nov. 30: Noon-6 p.m.

Dec. 1-6: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dec. 7: Noon-6 p.m.

Dec. 8-13: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dec. 14: noon-6 p.m.

Dec. 15-20: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dec. 21: Noon-6 p.m.

Dec. 22-23: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dec. 24: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Dec. 25: CLOSED

Dec. 26-27: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dec. 28: Noon-6 p.m.

Dec. 29-31: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Jan. 1: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Jan. 2-3: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

The Mall in Columbia

Nov. 27: CLOSED

Nov. 28: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Nov. 29: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Nov. 30: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Dec. 1-5: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dec. 6: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

Dec. 7: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Dec. 8-12: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Dec. 13: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Dec. 14: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Dec. 15-17: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

Dec. 18-20:...

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