City of Wolverhampton has a festive free parking offer for visitors and shoppers to take advantage of.
It starts from the night of the Christmas lights switch-on, on Wednesday, November 22, when there is also the chance to grab some fabulous Christmas gifts and goodies at the festive market taking place on Dudley Street from 10am to 8pm.
And you can meet Father Christmas in his Winter Wonderland, in the Mander Centre lower mall, between 4pm and 8pm – everyone who meets him will get a present.
The city council is providing free and reduced car parking on the School Street car park and Market car park (accessed from Peel Street) in the run up to Christmas.
Free parking is available on the above car parks from 2pm on the following Wednesdays (November 22, 29 and December 6, 13 and 20); on Friday, December 15 and Saturday 16; and from 2pm, from Monday, December 18 to Friday 22.
Visitors can also park on the School Street and Market car parks for £2 all day on the following Sundays (December 3, 10, 17 and 24).
In addition to the council offer, the Mander Centre car park will be offering free parking from 4pm on November 22, and also when late night shopping begins at the centre.
The Mander Centre has free parking available from 4pm on the following Wednesdays – December 6, 13 and 20; from Thursday, December 21 to Saturday 23; and on Monday, December 26 (9am-6pm) and Sunday, January 1 (10am-4pm).
In addition to this, NCP is providing free parking at the Wulfrun Centre car park on the four Sundays in December leading up to Christmas Day (3, 10, 17 and 24).
City of Wolverhampton Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor John Reynolds, said: “The council and city partners are providing plenty of free parking for shoppers at Christmas time.
“I would urge people from far and wide to come and take advantage of the free parking and enjoy what the city has to offer during the festive period.
“The Mander Centre’s ongoing £35 million refurbishment is already making a difference to the city centre and this is the perfect opportunity to come and sample its new flagship Debenhams store, alongside the other outlets in the city.”
The huge city centre lights switch-on and firework display in Queen Square on November 22 starts at 5pm, with a mini-funfair, real reindeer located in Lichfield Street and traditional Christmas music from the Wulfruna vintage steam organ.
Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Elias Mattu, stars from this year’s Grand Theatre pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, children’s picture book character, The Gruffalo, and British Citizen Youth Award winner, Louis Johnson, will join Father Christmas to switch on the lights at 6.30pm, which will be followed by a spectacular firework display.
For more information on parking and late night shopping, visit www.enjoywolverhampton.com.