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Boston’s Holiday Gifts: Free Meter Parking On Saturdays, Toys For Tickets

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Boston Parking Meters are free on Small Business Saturday.

Boston Parking Meters are free on Small Business Saturday.

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BOSTON (CBS) – The city of Boston kicked off a couple of drivers’ favorite holiday season traditions in Boston this week with Free Holiday Parking and the Toys for Tickets program.

Just in time for Small Business Saturday, the city is offering two hours of metered parking for the next six consecutive Saturdays through December 29.

“This year, we’re doing everything we can to promote all our neighborhood business districts have to offer during the holiday season,” Mayor Menino said in a statement. “Rather than leaving family and friends for midnight lines and mall traffic, we’re encouraging shoppers to explore all the unique gifts and holiday experiences available right in their own neighborhoods.”

While the meters are free on these Saturdays, parking enforcement officers will ticket you if you’re parked in the same spot for more than two hours.

The good news over the next few days is that if you do get a non-public safety parking ticket on Boston’s streets between November 29 and December 1, you can resolve it by donating a toy instead.

For information regarding toy drop-off locations, times and dates, visit the city of Boston’s website.

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