Free Christmas Parking 2024

When it comes to the run up to Christmas, more people are hitting the shops, looking for gifts to get their loved ones.

As we approach December, towns and cities start to become more bustling as the festive lights are switched on and the Christmas markets are set up.

This is also the time of year when councils start to implement free parking in the run up to Christmas. We have done some research and found that the following towns and cities across the UK offer free parking as we approach the festive season.

Free Christmas Parking

North West

Chester

You can park for free at Chester Racecourse car park (CH1 2LY) every Saturday and Sunday on the run up to Christmas courtesy of the Chester Race Company and Chester BID.

When: Each weekend from Saturday 25th November until Christmas Eve.

Chorley

From December 1st – 24th the one hour free parking currently offered on town centre car parks (except Flat Iron) will be extended to three hours free parking (with the exception of the Flat Iron car park which will be two hours free parking), with a time of arrival ticket required.

When: 3 hours free parking daily

Preston

For the city’s Christmas Lights Switch On at the Flag Market on Saturday 18th November then the Trinity Square and Penny Street car parks, operated by Preston City Council, are free from 1pm.

Trinity Square, Penny Street, Arthur Street car parks operated by the city council are offering free parking on Mondays after 3pm and Sundays all day. On Thursday 21st, free parking is available from 1pm.

When: Mondays after 3pm, all day Sunday and 21st after 1pm.

Lancaster

From Sunday November 26th until Sunday December 24th, all of Lancaster City Council’s town centre pay and display car parks in Lancaster will be free to use for Sunday shopping.

On Thursday evenings from November 30th until Thursday December 21st, you can also park for free at the council’s town centre pay and display car parks from 5pm until 8am the following morning to enjoy late night shopping.

When: All day Sunday’s from 26th November and after 5pm on Thursday’s from 30th November.

Morecambe

From Sunday November 26th until Sunday December 24th, all of Lancaster City Council’s town centre pay and display car parks in Morecambe will be free to use for Sunday shopping.

On Thursday evenings from November 30th until Thursday December 21st, you can also park for free at the council’s town centre pay and display car parks from 5pm until 8am the following morning to enjoy late night shopping.

When: All day Sunday’s from 26th November and after 5pm on Thursday’s from 30th November.

Kendal

Free Christmas parking is available in Kendal every Sunday on the run up to Christmas at Westmorland Shopping Centre, Blackhall Road, Booths supermarket, Dowkers Lane, Highgate (Bowman), Parish Church, Library Road, Peppercorn Lane, Kendal Museum, Kendal College, Sandes Avenue and South Lakeland House car parks.

When: Sundays until Christmas, starting 3rd December.

North East

We have yet to find any towns or cities across the North East offering free parking over the Christmas period.

Yorkshire

Knaresborough

Knaresborough are offering free park and ride service which will be available all weekend from the GSPK car park on Manse Lane (HG5 8LF) to the Chapel Street next to the Market Square.

When: Saturday December 2nd and Sunday 3rd (all day).

Beverley

Free Christmas parking will be available in Beverley at all council-operated car parks and on-street parking bays.

When: Saturdays and Sundays in December

Pocklington

Free Christmas parking will be available in Pocklington at all council-operated car parks and on-street parking bays.

When: Saturdays and Sundays in December

Driffield

Free Christmas parking will be available in Driffield at all council-operated car parks and on-street parking bays.

When: Saturdays and Sundays in December

Doncaster

This festive season Doncaster Council will once again be offering free parking from 2pm everyday only at Markets Car Park DN1 1LP, St Georges Car Park DN1 1RD, and the Colonnades Car Park DN1 1ER.

When: Friday December 1 2023 until Friday January 5, 2024.

West Midlands

Tamworth

Free Christmas parking will be available in council-run car parks on two Saturdays in December 2023 – December 2nd and December 22nd. The offer does not apply to the NCP car park on the site of the former Gungate Precinct or Ankerside.

When: Saturdays – December 2 and December 22 at council run car parks.

Coventry

Good news for shoppers – free parking starts in Coventry today in the run up to Christmas! Parking on council-run city car parks is free after 3pm today as late-night shopping begins.

When: 6 December, 13 December, 18 December, 19 December, 20 December, 21 December, 22 December.

Worcester

Free parking will be available in town centre car parks on Fridays at Great Malvern and Barnards Green on December 1, 8, 15 and 22.

Free parking will also be offered in Tenbury Wells and Upton upon Severn on Saturdays, December 2, 9, 16 and 23.

When: Fridays (Great Malvern and Barnards Green) and Saturdays (Tenbury Wells and Upton upon Severn) up until Christmas.

East Midlands

Newark

Newark will offer free parking across their council run car parks in the run up to Christmas. These car parks are located at Appletongate, London Road, The Wharf, Riverside, Riverside Arena and Castle House. The offer does not apply to resident and contract car parks.

When: Free parking will start on Monday 26th November, just in time for Newark’s Christmas Lights Switch On, and will run every Sunday up to and including Sunday 18 December.

Lincoln

Free Christmas parking is available at Lincoln Central car park between 4pm and 9.30pm on Thursdays leading up to Christmas. Car park users must enter and leave the car park within these times to qualify for the free parking offer.

When: Thursdays up until Christmas, starting 23rd November.

Kettering

North Northants Council are offering free parking in Kettering on Saturdays on the run up to Christmas. This offer is only available at council run car parks across the NNC area.

When: Saturdays – December 2nd, December 9th, December 16th and December 23rd.

East of England

Norfolk

Car parks in Norfolk’s towns, including Wells, Sheringham and Fakenham will be free every Saturday for 2 hours as well as after 4pm daily.

When: Every Saturday and after 4pm daily.

Boston

Free parking is available on the first four Saturdays in December (2, 9, 16 and 23) across the authority’s 15 car parks including Bargate Green, Custom House Quay, Cattle Market, Botolph Street, Doughty Quay, West End, St George’s Road and Artillery Row.

When: Saturdays in December.

Stamford

People can park in Rutland County Council car parks for free in Uppingham from 3pm on Thursday, December 7, and in Oakham from 3pm on Monday, December 11.

When: Uppingham from 3pm on Thursday, December 7th and in Oakham from 3pm on Monday December 11th.

South West

Bournemouth

Free parking is available at Castlepoint shopping centre between 29th November and 4th January. The four-hour maximum stay limit will be reinstated on January 4th, 2024.

When: 29th November and 4th January

Truro

For one day in December, Truro is offering free parking for those looking to visit the town for Christmas shopping. The following car parks include: Carrick House, Edward Street, Garras Wharf, Moorfield, Moresk, Old Bridge Street, Pydar Street, & Viaduct. Truro Park and Ride site will also offer free parking.

When: Saturday 2nd December.

Dorchester

Free Christmas parking will be available in Lyme Regis at council run car parks, including Acland Road, Durngate Street, Fairfield, Old Market, Top O Town, Trinity Street (south) and Wollaston Field.

When: Saturday 18th November, 25th November, 2nd December, 14th December.

Lyme Regis

Free Christmas parking will be available in Lyme Regis at council run car parks, including Lower Sea Lane in Charmouth, Charmouth Road, Broad Street, Cobb Gate and Holmbush.

When: Saturday 25th November, 2nd December, 15th December.

Weymouth

Free Christmas parking will be available in Weymouth at council run car parks, including

Weymouth Pavilion, Pavilion Forecourt, Governors Lane, Cosens Quay, Harbourside, Melcombe Regis, Park Street and Swannery. 

When: Saturday 25th November and Saturday 2nd December.

South East

Dover

Free Christmas parking will be available in council run car parks in Dover, Deal and Sandwich from 3pm between Mondays and Fridays throughout December.

When: Monday to Friday after 3pm throughout December.

Hastings

Hastings Borough Council said it is waiving parking charges so shoppers will be able to park for free in council-owned car parks from Monday, December 18 until Saturday, December 23, between 4pm and 9pm each evening.

When: Monday 18th – Saturday 23rd December 4pm – 9pm.

Ashford

This December shoppers can once again enjoy free parking in all council-owned car parks in Ashford and Tenterden. Free parking will be available in both town centres to encourage residents and visitors to do their Christmas shopping locally and support our local businesses.

When: 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th December

Epping Forest

Epping Forest District Council has just under 20 public car parks around their district, including in Buckhurst Hill, Epping, Loughton, Ongar and Waltham Abbey. There will also be free weekend parking in the new Cottis Yard multi-storey car park in Epping run by Qualis Group Ltd.

When: Weekends in December

Lewes

Lewes District Council (LDC) is offering day-time free parking to pre-Christmas shoppers on December 2, 9, 16 and 23 in a bid to attract visitors.

Free parking only applies to these LDC car parks and not street parking: Brook Street, Cliffe High Street, East Street, Friars Walk (not December 2 or 16 due to Farmers Market), Little East Street, The Maltings, Market Lane, Mountfield Road, Phoenix Causeway, Pinwell Road, South Street (North), Spring Gardens and West Street.

When: Saturdays from December 2nd.

Inverness

Highland Council has announced that motorists will be able to take advantage of free parking for up to four hours at the city’s Rose Street multi-storey car park on Saturdays during the festive season.

When: Saturdays in December 2nd, 9th and 16th

This article will be kept up to date as new free Christmas parking schemes are announced.