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O Come, All Ye Faithful: Free Christmas parking returns

Folkestone & Hythe District Council is looking to bring a little bit of festive cheer to traders and residents this year with a gift of free Christmas parking.

Christmas parking

Charges in all of our pay and display car parks and on-street parking bays across the district will be waived on the three Saturdays leading up to the big day - assuming COVID-19 restrictions are lifted in Folkestone & Hythe on 2 December.

That means parking will be free on Saturday 5 December, Saturday 12 December, and Saturday 19 December.

Cllr David Godfrey - Cabinet Member for Housing, Transport and Special Projects - said: "After what has been a challenging year for many, the district's fantastic local businesses need shoppers' support like never before.

"We all value the brilliant variety on offer from our high streets - but there is no better way of helping them to flourish than by shopping local this Christmas.

"Free festive parking is just one of the measures we're taking to improve confidence in our high streets and town centres during this pandemic, and we're hopeful this promotion will be as successful this year as it has in the past."

The promotion may have to be adjusted in line with any future COVID-19 restrictions - please visit or our social media channels for updates.

Residents can also apply for a permit to park in council-run car parks all year round for £60. This allows you to park your vehicle for three hours in long-term car parks and two hours in short-term car parks.

Terms and conditions apply - visit for more information.

Date published: 18 November 2020

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