CHRISTMAS shoppers will be able to hit the stores after work as late-night shopping gets under way from tomorrow.
The Brunswick Centre will be open until 9pm every Thursday in the run-up to Christmas, with Debenhams staying open until 10pm.
Scarborough Council is also providing free car parking in its off-street car parks from 3pm on December 8 and 15, all day on Sunday December 11 and 18, and from 3pm all week from Monday 19 to Saturday December 24.
The car parks where people can park for free during these times are Castle Road, Falconers Road, Friarsway, King Street, North Street, North Terrace, St Nicholas Parade, St Thomas Street, Victoria Road, Westwood and William Street.
The council’s investment manager Nick Taylor said: “We’re trying to do the level best we can and encourage people to come into town for their late night and Sunday shopping.
“We’re keen for the town centre shops to do as much business as possible in the run-up to Christmas.
“We’re also trying to encourage people to stay in Scarborough instead of going somewhere else.”
Mr Taylor added that there will be a festive atmosphere in town, with the Salvation Army band doing a number of performances over the Christmas period.
Boyes manager Chris Golder said the store in Queen Street will be opening until 8pm on the last three Thursday’s before Christmas – December 8, 15 and 22.
He said: “We tend to do this each year, though Sunday shopping has proved very popular in recent years.
“We want to also give people the chance to come in later on a Thursday if they’re busy during the day.”
Mr Golder added that the festive grotto and window display at Boyes have proved popular as ever.
He said: “We do our best to create a festive atmosphere and we’ve had some fantastic comments.
“Everyone has been enjoying the grotto.” Santa arrived at Scarborough harbour on November 19.