CHRISTMAS chaos reigned in Huddersfield's shops today as shoppers were out in droves seeking last-minute goods and gifts.
Parking was at a premium all over town, especially in the supermarkets - as it has been for the past 72 hours.
Sainsbury's Shore Head store car park was extremely busy yesterday.
Inside, the situation was no better, with queues at least four people deep at every checkout.
Trolleys were piled high and tills were ringing with the sound of massive Christmas profits.
Despite the best efforts of staff to be cheery and festive, there was no hiding the fact that shoppers were frazzled.
Kath Jones, of Deighton, had popped in for some essentials.
She said: "It's madness. People just go crazy- the shop is only closed on Christmas Day.
"People are going along with trolleys piled high. I only came in for a few things as I did my Christmas shopping a while ago."
Richard Smith, from Fartown, was doing his Christmas shopping at the last minute.
He said: "I haven't had chance to come before now. I don't need too much stuff, but I feel sorry for people who have just popped in for something quick. It's chaos."
Christine Rudd, of Dewsbury, said she had been gift shopping in Huddersfield town centre.
She said it was an easier task than braving the supermarkets for festive food.
She said: "I've just popped over to Huddersfield and came in here for a snack. It was the wrong time really!"
Sainsbury's was not the only outlet with packed aisles.
Asda on Bradford Road was also busy, despite 24-hour opening.
The store has been open constantly since Monday and will be tonight until midnight.
The store will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
A spokesman said: "We have been really busy, obviously at some times more than others. We have had all our checkouts open - we have 28 - and still there are queues.
"But people are waiting. They expect it to be busy."
Tesco on Viaduct Street will close on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
Every other day it will be open 24 hours, except on Saturdays and Sundays when opening hours are shortened.
Staff described the Christmas trade as "buoyant".
Morrisons at Waterloo was not operating 24-hour opening.
Staff said the store was very busy, even until closing time at 10pm yesterday.
The store is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and News Year's Day.