Thousands of free car parking spaces will be available in Bolton from Thursday (November 1).
Parking will be free on weekdays after 3pm and all Saturday and Sunday until January 27, at four multi-storey car parks.
Charges will be scrapped at Bow Street, Deane Road, Topp Way and the Octagon.
Bolton Council has drawn up the plan to attract shoppers and boost high street trade in the run up to Christmas and New Year.
A programme of events has been lined up for the town centre to complement the free parking offer and bring in the visitors.
A huge Christmas lights switch-on party with the Hairy Bikers will take place on November 24. From December 1 a 200 square metre ice rink; real reindeer; a Santa’s grotto, and a festive market will be in town.
Dates and times of events are varied and information will be uploaded to www.boltontowncentre.co.uk as it is confirmed.
Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “We’re getting into the festive spirit early in Bolton. Christmas is not far away and our parking offer will bring some festive cheer to shoppers and businesses.
“Like every town and city up and down the country Bolton has been hit hard by the economic downturn but we know that the town centre is still a key retail destination for both our residents and surrounding areas.
“We want to attract visitors into town to help our businesses and that’s why we’re offering free parking and providing a full festive events programme.”
If the parking scheme is successful the council will consider bringing in free parking when major events are held in the town centre.
The council’s cabinet approved the scheme on Monday (October 15) and it will be implemented by the council’s partners NCP, who operate Deane Road, Topp Way and the Octagon, and APCOA, who manage Bow Street.