Free parking at Christmas.
Full list of Councils offering free parking this Christmas to help you to 'spend local' - is yours there?
In a rare move, many councils will be opening their car parks to the public for free over December to help boost local businesses - this is what you need to know
By Emma Munbodh Personal Finance Correspondent
05:12, 9 DEC 2017
In many towns, parking will be free over the next few weeks
Festive shoppers are being encouraged to shop local this Christmas, with the help of complimentary parking across towns and cities.
Across the country, a number of boroughs and councils will be waving costs over the next few weeks in an attempt to help give local businesses an end-of-year boost.
In Cornwall, 11 council owned zones will be free and open to the public from Saturday 9 to Monday 1 January to bring more shoppers and visitors to the local community.
Council leader Adam Paynter said: "Cornwall's towns are great places to visit during the festive season and we're proud to support our local economies by offering free parking in the busy build-up to Christmas.
"Not only does this mean people can take their time shopping, it also means people can spend more time in cafes and restaurants.
"You don't get that experience shopping online."
Even London is involved. In the north of the capital, shoppers in Waltham Forest will benefit from an early Christmas present while they shop for their nearest and dearest, with parking in council car parks free for two hours at weekends and on Thursdays throughout December.
Brent Council is also offering visitors the chance to park for free on the weekends leading up to Christmas in eight car parks.
All of its council car parks will also be free on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, to 'manage demand' and provide an alternative to on-street parking.
Local councillor Eleanor Southwood, said: "Small businesses are the life blood of the local economy, providing jobs and services and adding to the unique diversity of Brent, so we are keen to support our local businesses in whatever way we can.
"I hope that providing free parking across eight sites in the borough at one of the busiest times of the year for businesses will help those who do shop locally to stay loyal, and for those who tend to drive out of the borough to shop, to encourage them to see what local high streets in the borough have to offer."
But will your council be getting involved? A Mirror Money investigation has revealed the councils that are taking part below.
If your local council or borough's not on the list, enter your postcode here and you'll be able to find out whether they're taking part.
Free Christmas parking - is your council on the list? (of course it's not)
It's a campaign to help boost local businesses - but will your council be taking part?
Adur Council - To coincide with the Lancing Christmas Farmers' Market get free parking on December 16th from 9am to 3pm at the North Farm Road, South Street and Southwick car parks.
Amber Valley Council - The period of free parking runs from Monday, December 18 until Boxing Day at council-run car parks.
Bassetlaw Council - Bassetlaw have announced that parking will be free from 2pm each day in all the car parks they operate in Retford and Worksop. The annual freebie, designed to encourage people to do their Christmas shopping locally, will start on December 9 and run until January 2.
Brent Council - Shoppers in Brent will be able to park for free on the weekends leading up to Christmas in eight car parks across Brent. Car parks on Elm Road, Kingsbury Road, Preston Road, Salusbury Road, Lonsdale Avenue, Neasden Town Centre, St John's Road and Wendover Road will be open to motorists to park for free on the weekends of 10 to 11 and 17 to 18 December.
Burbage Parish Council - Free parking in all council car parks every Tuesday afternoon in December in order to thank shoppers for their loyalty and to increase trade for shops and businesses. The free parking offer applies from 1pm on Tuesday 5, 12 and 19 December in all council run short stay and long stay car parks in Hinckley town centre.
Burnley Council - Parking fees are being suspended on all council-run town centre car parks on December 8th, 15th and 22nd. Charter Walk shopping centre’s car parks are also free to park in on late-night shopping days.
Calderdale Council - Shoppers in Calderdale will be able to park for free on Saturdays in selected car parks across the borough in the run up to Christmas. This includes a number of car parks in Halifax as well as in five car parks across the towns of Brighouse, Elland, Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden, on Saturdays before Christmas. See a list of all car parks included here.
Chard Council - All South Somerset council car parks will be free to use on Saturday 9 and Saturday 16 of December. The car parks included are: Bath Street, Essex Close, Boden Street, Marketfield, Combe Street, The Minnows and Crowshute.
Chiltern Council - Free parking will be provided until 23 December at a number of local car parks - view the full list here.
Cornwall Council - From Saturday 9 to Monday 1 January, residents will be able to park free on weekends at 11 council owned car parks in Cornwall. See the full list here.
Cotswold Council - Motorists can park for free after 3pm in these car parks across the district.
Devon Council - To enhance trade in the market towns in the run up to Christmas, and to support local Christmas programmes, 24 hour free car parking will be available in our long-stay car parks as follows.
Dorset Council - From 1 to 31 December people can park for free from 1pm in car parks across Dorset including in Weymouth and Dorchester. See specific dates and car parks here.
Dudley Council - Parking charges will be suspended in all Dudley Council controlled car parks on December 16 and 23. Kingswinford and Sedgley will also have an additional free parking day on December 9.
Durham Council - Free after 3pm throughout December in a bid to support local businesses in the run up to Christmas.
Forest Heath & St Edmundsbury Council - Forest Heath District Council is making parking in its town centre car parks free after 1pm on the four Thursdays running up to the holiday. The free offer runs every Thursday from 30 November to 21 December in all ParkMark Newmarket car parks.
Flyde Council - Fylde Council will be offering free parking on the 3 weekends leading up to Christmas this year to help make your Christmas shopping experience that little bit easier. On 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th and 23rd and 24th December, all Council owned Pay and Display car parks will be free for you to use all day.
Gloucester City Council - Free parking will be available after 3pm on Thursday evenings throughout December in the Longsmith Street multi-storey, the Eastgate Centre and Kings Walk car parks.
Great Torrington Council - Free on Saturday 9th, 16th and 23rd December 2017 and free all day Friday 22nd December.
Halesworth Council - Shoppers and visitors to the area will be able to enjoy free parking all day in the Thoroughfare car park on Christmas Eve.
Hartlepool Council - Park for free in Hartlepool town centre on four Saturdays in the run-up to Christmas, until 23 December.
Huntingdonshire Council - Free parking during December in council-run car parks. From 1 to 22 December, parking will be free after 3pm, Monday to Friday. This offer is valid in St Neots (including Waitrose), St Ives (including Waitrose) and Huntingdon.
Kettering Council - Free town centre parking on Saturday 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd December and after 3pm on Thursday 7th, 14th and 21st December 2017. Find out more here.
Leeds City Council - Free parking in Otley will be available at the Beech Hill, Courthouse Street and North Parade car parks on 27 November (from 3pm) and on 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 December.
Leicester Council - Free evening parking in two of the main city centre car parks to encourage Christmas shoppers into the city. Parking at Newarke Street and the Haymarket car parks will be free after 6pm, Mondays to Fridays, from Monday, November 14, to Friday, December 30.
Maidstone Council - Free parking in one of the county town’s car parks this December to help make their expedition that little bit easier. The offer only applies to the new Sandling Road car park where you can park for free on every Thursday in December after 3pm, and on every Sunday in December after midday.
Merton Council - Merton Council will be keeping up the tradition of providing free parking to shoppers this Christmas in a bid to encourage people to spend their money at local business. There will be free parking at all council-managed car parks throughout Merton for four weekends leading up to Christmas, which includes Christmas Eve.
Monmouthshire Council - Free weekend parking in Abergavenny, Chepstow and Monmouth in the approach to Christmas. Free Saturday parking will be provided on the 9th, 16th and 23rd December.
Perth Council - Last year the council offered free parking after 2pm on Thursdays and Fridays in the weeks before Christmas. This year, the policy will be in force from December 2-30 in council-run car parks.
Poole Council - Residents and visitors shopping in Poole can enjoy free parking in all town centre car parks, every Sunday between 10am and 6pm until Sunday 18 December 2016 and on Thursday nights between 6pm and 9pm until Thursday 22 December. People shopping in Broadstone, Ashley Road, Penn Hill, Ashley Cross and Canford Cliffs can also benefit from free parking in district car parks from noon until 6pm on the three Saturdays before Christmas - 3, 10 and 17 December.
Preston Council - Preston City Council - Get free parking from 5pm to 12am in Preston's Market Hall Car Park on these dates.
Purbeck Council - Closer to Christmas, Purbeck District Council and Wareham Town Council will be waiving charges in their car parks on Wednesday 21st, Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd December. Free parking will also be available in West Street, Corfe Castle car park on Saturdays 10th, 17th and 24th December.
Rochford Council - On December 9, 16 and 23, drivers will be able to park for free all day in the council’s car parks.
Rugby Council - Park for free at the town centre's John Barford car park during the run-up to Christmas. The free parking offer and runs every weekend until Christmas Eve.
Salford Council - Shoppers can get a boost with free parking in the lead up to Christmas. This is across eight pay and display car parks in Eccles, Monton, Pendleton and Swinton on three Saturdays (9, 16 and 23) in December.
Selby Council - Free parking until midnight on Saturdays throughout December (until the 30th) at all of its pay and display car parks. The offer comes on top of residents’ parking concessions that allow local people to park free every day of the year up to 11am and after 4pm.
Shepway Council - Park for free in all pay and display car parks and on-street bays for the three Saturdays before Christmas: 9 December, 16 December, 23 December.
Shropshire Council - Visitors to Shrewsbury can enjoy free parking on Wednesday nights in the run-up to Christmas in the following council-owned long-stay car parks from 4pm.
South Ribble Council - Charges will be suspended from December 12 until, and including, Christmas Eve at all council-owned car parks across the borough from 10am each day.
South Tyneside Council - Council-owned car parks in South Shields town centre will be free after 3pm for the whole month of December.
Staffordshire Moorlands Council - Free off-street parking in its car parks in Biddulph, Cheadle and Leek to encourage people to buy their festive gifts and goodies locally. In Biddulph drivers can park for free on, 9 and 16 December; in Cheadle parking is free on 9, 16 and 23 December; and in Leek the dates are 9, 16 and 23 December.
Stafford Council - Parking charges have been waived for Stafford Borough Council car parks from 1pm on Saturday 16 December and from the same time the following week on 23 December. The free parking period applies to all car borough council run parks in Stafford and Stone town centres except the Riverside and Waterfront car parks in Stafford.
Sunderland County Council - Parking in all council car parks will be free after 3pm, Monday to Friday between 11 - 15 December and 18- 22 December 2017, plus all day on Saturday 16 and Saturday 23 December.
Swansea Council - Free parking at its St David's Multi-Storey Car Park every Thursday from now until January 11. The 'free after 3' offer is available to motorists who enter the car park after 3pm and are looking to take advantage of the Christmas late night shopping.
Tamworth Council - Parking will be free in all of Tamworth Borough Council’s car parks on two Saturdays leading up to Christmas – December 9 and 23. Ankerside is also offering free parking in its car park on those two Saturdays.
Taunton Deane Council - Taunton is offering free parking in seven town centre car parks on Friday and Saturday afternoons before Christmas. There will be free parking from midday on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 December at the Canon Street, Castle Street, Enfield, High Street, Orchard, Tangier and Wood Street car parks.
Wakefield Council - Free parking will be on offer in December around the district to encourage more people to do their Christmas shopping locally. The offer from Wakefield Council is for parking areas in Wakefield, Pontefract and Castleford, in December on Thursdays from 3pm, until Christmas.
Waltham Forest Council - There are ten Waltham Forest Council car parks across the borough that will be taking part in free parking. They are: Brandon Road, E17; Bedford Road, E17; Stanley Road, E10; High Street E17; Mission Grove, E17; Hall Lane, E4; Richmond Road, E4; Linford Road, E17; Church Lane, E11 and Town Hall Car Park, E17. You can get info on car park opening times and locations on the council website here.
Warwick Council - Until Christmas Eve shoppers will be able to park for free at the Warwick District Council offices on Milverton Hill between 9.30am and 5.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays. In addition for late night shoppers there will be free parking in the Covent Garden multi-storey car park from 5pm every Thursday evening from 23 November until Christmas.
West Lancashire Council - From Friday 1 December to Saturday 23 December, drivers who buy a pay and display ticket will receive an additional two hours free parking in council car parks in Ormskirk.
Wigan Council - Free parking after 3pm until Monday 8th January in council car parks in Wigan and Leigh town centres until Thursday 21st December and free parking for the whole of Boxing Day, Tuesday 26th December.
Wokingham Borough Council - The period of free parking will run from November 2017 to the February 1 2018, from 3pm to 8am.
Wolverhampton Council - Free car parking on the School Street car park and Market car park in the run up to Christmas from 2pm on the following Wednesdays (6, 13 and 20 December); on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 December; and from 2pm, from Monday 18 to Friday 22 December.
Wychavon City Council - Get free parking in the Broadway car park after 2pm on Saturday 9 December.
Wyre Forest Council - Park for free at all Wyre Forest District Council car parks after 4pm in the run up to the festive period. The ‘Free Christmas parking after 4pm’ offer will run until Sunday 31 December 2017.
York Council - The Piccadilly multi-storey car park in York will be free every Thursday and Friday afternoon and evening in the run up to Christmas until 9pm.
In Collier Row the council uses stealth tactics to rob you, they tell you the car park is free, then fine you £130 for not paying.
We haven't inherited the earth from our parents, we have borrowed it from our children.
It's all under the remit of "maximising revenue". (for the council coffers)
There's no plan to "maximise revenue" for local businesses.
Come on Connie can you see this lot passing up a cash cow like Christmas parking charges?
Problem is they only have three parks in the area Gresham road only open Saturdays Como street the furthest away from the shopping centre and the town hall which I'm not sure is open public parking.
But then look at Hornchurch ts and they are on a winner.
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