Council promises ‘early Christmas present’ with free parking for lights switch-on

The Boston Borough Council building.
The Boston Borough Council building.

Boston Borough Council is offering what it calls an ‘early Christmas present’ with free parking in all its car parks on the evening of the town’s lights switch-on event.

The gift will begin at 4pm, on Thursday, November 26, with entertainment for the night starting in the Market Place at 5pm.

Coun Paul Skinner, Boston Borough Council’s portfolio holder for the town centre, said: “It is always great to see the town centre come alive at this time each year. There is a cost to the council to provide this, but it launches Christmas in Boston and we want to do all we can to make the period successful for residents, visitors, shoppers and shops.

“Free parking in all the borough council’s car parks will ensure that all who want to come can, park for free and not worry about getting a ticket if their time overruns. I want people to overrun and stay and enjoy for much longer than they intended.”

The council operates 21 car parks offering 1,330 parking spaces within the town centre. The free car parking offer is only available in car parks controlled by the borough council, not the private car parks.

There will be a lantern-lit procession through the streets of Boston from 5.30pm ending in the Market Place at 6.30pm when the town’s Christmas lights will come on automatically.

The procession will include a giant three-part model of the Mayflower – the ship which took the Pilgrim Fathers to America.

It will launch Mayflower 400 – a series of international events leading to 2020 and the marking of the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower landing.

Coun Skinner said: “We are pleased to be working with Transported to make this year’s Christmas event even better. The arrival of the Mayflower in Boston will be spectacular.”

The stage entertainment will continue until 8pm and a festive market will open for business at noon.

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