21 December 2015

Shoppers and party-goers are being encouraged to enjoy the festive season to the full in Sheffield.

There is always plenty on offer in the city centre with shops, bars, restaurants and, in the run up to Christmas, there’s the popular Sleigh Bar and the chance to meet Father Christmas.

The Christmas Market is open daily up to Christmas Eve between 10am and 6pm. Independent traders offer a variety of gifts, jewellery, crafts and fresh produce, with refreshment stalls selling hot food and drinks.

The Moor is fast becoming an even busier part of the city centre as more businesses move in – providing the perfect place for Christmas shopping. The Moor Market also offers a wonderful selection of fresh produce and gifts for everyone.

The Moor Market opens Mondays to Saturdays between 8.30am and 5.30pm and will be open for last-minute shoppers on Christmas Eve from 8am until 4pm.

Parking in Council pay and display spaces is free on bank and public holidays. The public Bank Holiday for Boxing Day is 28 December this year. This means that parking in Sheffield City Council parking spaces will be free on Christmas Day and Monday 28 December, but on Saturday 26 December the charge will be the same as a normal Saturday.

There’s also a £1 flat rate for parking in Council car parks on Sundays and evenings, but for those wanting to enjoy a festive drink in the city’s many bars and restaurants, there will be a £1 flat fare on buses during Boxing Day.

Take advantage of free parking at Park and Ride sites in Sheffield on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Just pay for the cost of travel on tram. This offer is applicable at the Halfway, Malin Bridge, Middlewood and Nunnery Square Sheffield Park and Ride sites.

Councillor Terry Fox, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport said: “We want everyone to enjoy their visit to the city centre over the festive season and not to spoil it by taking unnecessary risks.

“We don’t want to encourage drink driving over the holiday period and would encourage all those motorists out celebrating to avoid alcohol or to use public transport instead. The buses are offering a £1 flat rate and free park and ride parking in some sites on Boxing Day to encourage more people to use their services.

“There’s even more reason to come into the city centre this Christmas. It’s important to support local businesses where we can and I hope this free parking will bring a little extra Christmas cheer to shoppers in Sheffield.”

Locations of Sheffield City Council parking spaces can be found at www.sheffield.gov.uk/parking