Free Christmas parking

PUBLISHED: 2 December 2020

Date issued: 2 December 2020

Colchester Borough Council is offering shoppers an early Christmas present with free parking in the town during Late Night Shopping again this year.

In a change to previous Christmas parking offers, motorists wishing to take advantage of this parking offer, will need to register their free parking stay using MiPermit, a contactless parking system.  

For motorists who register their parking stay in a council-owned town centre car park after 3pm on Wednesdays 9, 16 and 23 December, parking charges will be waived. Many of Colchester's huge selection of boutique and big-name stores are opening until late on these nights.

Councillor Mike Lilley, Colchester Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Communities, Wellbeing and Public Safety, said: “2020 has been an incredibly challenging year for everyone and we’re really pleased to be able to offer free parking for late night shopping again this Christmas, to support shoppers and businesses.

“This year, motorists will be able to take advantage of this fantastic free parking offer by registering their stay with MiPermit. MiPermit is quick and easy to use and usage in our car parks has grown significantly over the past year and is now the most popular car parking payment method in Colchester. It’s also where customers can access our best parking deals all year.

“We hope this offer will encourage people to support local businesses and enjoy the festive atmosphere in town.”

To find out more about parking in the town, including locations of car parks and year-round deals, visit

For more information about Christmas in Colchester, visit the Christmas in Colchester website.

Page last reviewed: 2 December 2020


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