In New Jersey, American Dream, the nation’s newest and largest mall, promised gifts valued as much as $800 for the first 500 shoppers, along with a dance party, candy cane chute and ice skating with Santa and his elves. The Irvine Spectrum Center in Southern California offered free valet parking, ice skating and carousel rides. And in Northern Virginia, Tysons Corner Center, which has been preparing for months for a Black Friday surge, kicked off its festivities at 6 a.m. Shoppers arrived in droves, apparently eager to make up for lost time. Many said covid-related fears had kept them home last year.