Early Christmas present for seaside shoppers

Christmas shoppers in Blackpool have been handed an early present with the announcement that parking in the town centre will be free on Saturday and Sunday, December 23 and 24.

The free offer is on top of the discounted parking offer which was announced by the council and the Town Centre BID (Business Improvement District) earlier this month.

The revised Christmas parking offer now comprises: A £1 parking offer on West Street, East Topping Street, Central and Talbot multi-storey car parks at the following times and dates:

3pm onwards on Saturday, December 2 to coincide with the BID’s Christmas lights switch on event at the junction of Victoria Street and Bank Hey Street.

5pm onwards on Blackpool town centre late shopping nights – December 7, 14 and 21.

All day on Sundays – December 3, 10 and 17.

Cllr Mark Smith, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for business and economic development, said: “By offering free parking on our town centre car parks on the last weekend before Christmas we hope that people will take the opportunity to pick up any last-minute presents and enjoy the festive atmosphere in the town centre.”

A Town Centre BID spokesperson added: “Blackpool town centre has so much to offer to Christmas shoppers in terms of the mix of independent and brand retailers, illuminated streets and the ever-improving range of cafes and restaurants. We hope the discounted and free parking offers will encourage people to do their Christmas shopping here in Blackpool.”

This year sees a number of Christmas productions in the town centre including the Cinderella pantomime at the Grand Theatre, Peter Pan The Musical at the Opera House and Mooky Doolittle at The Blackpool Tower Circus.