Free parking over Christmas

Free parking will begin on Saturday 30 November 2019 and will be available every weekend until 5 January 2020. This will only be available in council car parks. On street parking is not included. Find out more

Free parking for Christmas light switch-on events

council car parking at Christmas lights events
Residents and shoppers celebrating one of the borough's Christmas light switch-on events in Romford last year
Published: Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Residents and shoppers are being given free parking for the Christmas light switch-on events taking place across the borough over the next few weeks.

Parking fees in Council car parks will be suspended from half an hour before the start of the event until the charges start again the following day at 8am, so that everyone can enjoy the festivities as the countdown to Christmas continues.

Havering’s seasonal festivities kicks off with the Romford lights switch-on event, on Thursday 14 November, with other events taking place in Hornchurch, Upminster, Elm Park, Harold Hill and Collier Row town centres over the following six weeks concluding in Rainham on Saturday 7 December.

This free parking is in addition to free weekend parking in Council car parks from Sunday 30 November until Sunday 5 January. It will only be available in Council carparks. On street parking is not included.

Councillor Damian White, Leader of Havering Council, said:

“We know Christmas is a special time for families. It is also an important time for our local businesses.

“We have recently announced that there will be free parking every weekend in Council car parks leading up to Christmas.

“After hearing from businesses we are now going a step further and announcing free parking to help residents enjoy the switch-on events of all our Christmas lights. This will not only mean people get to enjoy these special occasions but can also support our local shops.”

The festive light switch-on events are taking place at the following locations and times:

Romford
Thursday 14 November, 4.30pm-6.30pm
Market Place

Hornchurch
Hornchurch Christmas Cracker, Saturday 16 November, 11am-5pm

Upminster
Thursday 21 November, 3.30pm-6pm

Elm Park
Thursday 28 November, 4pm-6pm
Elm Parade

Harold Hill
Monday 2 December, 4pm-7.30pm

Collier Row
Friday 6 December, 4pm-7.30pm

Rainham
Saturday 7 December, 10am-5pm