FREE parking will be available in the run up to Christmas to give people the chance to attend festive events.

The offer will be available at several Weymouth town centre car parks on three fun-filled dates.

The first date coincides with the annual Christmas lights switch on which makes a welcome return for 2021 - promising festive, family-fun for all. Two further dates have also been set when parking will be free of charge in many Dorset Council-operated car parks.

The free parking dates and festive events are: 

Mayor of Weymouth, cllr Colin Huckle, said: “To help businesses in Weymouth enjoy a more fruitful festive season this year, we successfully applied to Dorset Council to have car park fees waived on three key dates in the run up to Christmas.

“So, why not join me around the Christmas tree in New Bond Street on Saturday November 27 at 4pm for the big switch on? Come and support Small Business Saturday on Saturday December 4, and if you need to do any last-minute Christmas shopping before the holidays, then visit Weymouth town centre on Thursday December 16.”

The free parking offer is only available at the following Dorset Council car parks on the three dates listed: The Pavilion and forecourt, Council Offices, North Quay, Governors Lane, Cosens Quay, Harbourside, Melcombe Regis, Park Street, Royal Yard and Swannery.

Harbourside and Governors Lane car parks have a maximum stay of three hours, and an overnight closure operates from midnight to 9am at Cosens Quay car park. Free parking does not apply to on-street parking.

For more details about free parking, the Christmas lights switch on and more, visit or see the town council's Facebook and Twitter pages.