COVID-19 changing holiday shopping, with Black Friday deals shifting online

Shopping is going to look very different this holiday season, because of COVID-19.

Traditionally it's the kick-start to the holiday shopping season, but this year, Black Friday is expected to look very different:

RELATED: 8 things you can do instead of shopping on Black Friday
EMBED More News Videos

If you're planning to skip the stores this year, here are fun traditions you can start instead.



With COVID-19 cases surging, and stay-at-home advisories in effect, the CDC recommends shopping online for Black Friday deals and using curbside pickup.

Retailers are offering discounts earlier this year, so encourage consumers to shop early and forget making a trip to a store.

According to early data, online sales this month are already up 32% compared with last year. Online sales on Black Friday are expected to increase by 40 percent.

Black Friday 2020: From Walmart to Best Buy, here are the deals for holiday shopping
EMBED More News Videos

"To shop now or not to shop now, that is the question." Press play to learn more tips on navigating holiday shopping during a pandemic.



Big retailers like Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Macy's, and Kohl's even announced they will be closed on Thanksgiving.

Consumers are also encouraged to shop local as much as possible.
Copyright © 2021 WLS-TV. All Rights Reserved.