GREAT NECK PLAZA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The Village of Great Neck Plaza on Long Island has instituted free parking in its outdoor lots and garages for most Saturdays in December and Christmas Eve.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, free four-hour parking is available on this Saturday, Dec. 1, as well as Dec. 8 and 22, and Monday, Dec. 24.

The purpose is convenience for holiday shoppers, but Great Neck Plaza Mayor Jean Celender said those who take advantage don’t even need to go to the mall.

“What’s wonderful about our downtown is that we have a great variety,” Celender said. “We have over 260 stores – everything from jewelry stores to clothing stores, to fine dining restaurants; eateries.”

Anyone who spends at least $15 will be entered into a Shop to Save Holiday Sweepstakes.

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