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If Thanksgiving is now solemnly known as Gray Thursday, does that make tomorrow White Wednesday? In any case, it's T minus two days until Black Friday officially begins, and while we hope you're not about to pitch a tent outside Walmart or brave massive lines where a pepper spray situation could be involved, we will be here to hold your hand and talk you through this difficult time.

As our sister site notes, Nordstrom will be closed on Thanksgiving, while other traditionally mall-attached department store chains (Macy's, JCPenney) plan on getting the party started faster than you can say "food coma." From free parking at the Beverly Center (it's gonna be insane!) to doorbusting deals at South Coast Plaza, we've rounded up the necessary 411 to help you get your shopping sitch sorted at LA's most popular malls. Good luck!

1. Beverly Center (189 The Grove Drive; 888-315-8883):
Watch out: The upscale mall offering free self-parking all day Friday, so arrive early to score a prime spot. They'll be open from 8am to 10pm; deals include 25% off all purchases at White House Black Market and 40% off storewide at Armani Exchange. Check out the rest of the Bev Center retailers' deals here.

2. The Grove (189 The Grove Drive; 323-900-8080):
The Gap is opening is doors at 5am with 50% off everything in-store, while Topshop's opening at 7am and offering a host of deals for dudes (30% off select lines and sale items, $50 off 2-piece suits and more). The rest of The Grove will be open from 8am to 10pm.

3. Westfield Century City (10250 Santa Monica Blvd; 310-277-3898):
On Thanksgiving, a handful of eateries (Breadbar, Which Wich, Seasons 52 Gelson's, to name a few) will be serving mallgoers and moviegoers at AMC, which is open from 9am to 11pm. Kicking off Gray Thursday shopping festivities at 8pm is men's suit shop Jos. A. Bank, while Black Friday midnight openings include Victoria's Secret, bebe, Gap, Gap Kids and the Microsoft store.

4. Glendale Galleria (100 W Broadway Avenue, 818-246-6737):
The totally renovated shopping center is getting a head start when Macy's, JCPenney and Target open their doors at 8pm on Thanksgiving. The mall will be open from midnight to 10pm on Black Friday and Bloomingdale's opens at 7am; click here for the Galleria's calendar of holiday hours.

5. Americana at Brand (889 Americana Way; 818-637-8982):
Across the street at the Americana, a handful of shops are kicking off festivities early on Thanksgiving (Gilly Hicks opens at 8pm, H&M opens at 11pm). Midnight store openings include standard shopping stalwarts like Urban Outfitters (where all sale items are 50% off), Sephora, Forever 21 and American Eagle, while Nordstrom is opening at 8am on Friday.

6. Westfield Topanga (6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd; 818-594-8732):
Macy's, Target, Sears and The Gap are opening their doors at 8pm on Thanksgiving, while the rest of Westfield is open from midnight to 10pm on Friday.

7. South Coast Plaza (3333 Bristol St, 714-435-2000):
No need to cut your family time short if you're hitting up SCP, which is open from 8am to 10pm on Friday. As far as the deals go, luxe label Chloé's offering a whopping 40% off all fall/winter ready-to-wear apparel plus 30% off accessories, London-based boutique Ted Baker is giving 30% off all in-store inventory, lingerie label La Perla is offering 40% off spring/summer merch, and shoppers can expect 30% off Faconnable's pre-fall/fall collections, to name a few of the standout sales.

· Updated! Festive & Free Holiday Sights at LA Shopping Centers [Racked]

South Coast Plaza

3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 Visit Website

The Grove

189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036 323-900-8080 Visit Website