Where to park for free in Preston to do your Christmas shopping in 2017

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Christmas shoppers are being reminded to take advantage of free parking in Preston.

People off to bag a bargain can park for free at a number of facilities over the festive period at certain times.

Business leaders and the city council hope it will encourage people to shop locally.

The car parks are: Market Hall car park: tonight - Saturday December 9, 5pm until midnight; Sunday December 10, 5pm - midnight; Thursday December 14 - Saturday December 16, 5pm until midnight; Sunday December 17, 5pm to midnight, Thursday December 21 - Saturday December 23, 5pm until midnight.

You can also get a space at UCLan at the following times: Monday to Friday until December 22, Victoria 2 and Leighton Street, 6pm to 9pm; Saturdays it will be free until 7pm and Sundays 6pm. From December 24 to January 2, it will be free until 7pm (excluding Christmas Day).

Elsewhere, try Arthur Street car park off Bow Lane: parking is free each weekend, Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 10pm, Decenber 26 and 27, 8am to 10pm; January 1 and 2, 8am to 10pm.

And Fishergate shopping centre is offering free parking after 5.30pm on late night shopping evenings.

These include December 11-16 and Monday December 18-23 December.

St George’s Shopping Centre off Friargate is offering free parking from 5pm from December, 11-16 and December 18-23.

Mark Whittle, Preston Business Improvement District manager, said free parking was a ‘thank you’ to visitors for their support.