Derbyshire Dales District Council (DDDC) is hoping to boost trade by introducing free parking again this year.
It will be free to park in any DDDC car park after 2pm throughout December.
Council Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said: “While car parking income is vital in supporting the services we provide for the people of the Dales we want to do everything possible to encourage people to shop locally.
“Free parking from 2pm throughout December comes on top of residents’ parking concessions,” he added.
Free parking extends to midnight each day and motorists are reminded not to leave anything valuable in their vehicles as the lead up to Christmas can also be a choice time for thieves.