With schools scheduled to close for the holiday, children are usually out in their thousands along with parents. For many the occasion is an opportunity to grab an early gift or purchase items on discount. And for others it's an event they look forward to every year along with family and friends. Navigating the busy streets will also be a huge challenge for pedestrians and motorists, who urged to use alternate routes. Meanwhile the police say several crime fighting measures will be deployed to ensure the safety and security of all during the ceremony and throughout the festive period.