The holidays are coming up pretty quickly. What better way to get your shopping done than to support local small businesses? Thanks to the City of Providence and Providence Mayor Brett Smiley, free two-hour parking returns to parts of the city. While parking meter violations will not be issued, parking time limits will be enforced. Below is a list of areas where you can take advantage of the free holiday parking, as well as links to the neighborhoods with shopping and dining information.

Free 2-Hour Holiday Parking
Now through Jan. 1, 2024

Federal Hill lit up Christmas Tree

Federal Hill

  • Atwells Avenue – Bradford Street to Knight Street
  • Spruce Street – Dean Street to Acorn Street
  • Dean Street – Atwells Avenue to West Exchange Street
  • Acorn Street – Spruce Street to Atwells Avenue
  • Bradford Street – Atwells Avenue to Jones Street
  • Bond Street – Atwells Avenue to Spruce Street

Broad Street seafood market basket displays in Providence, RI

Broad Street

  •  Broad Street – Public Street to Montgomery Street

Mannequins and clothing in a Downtown Providence store


  • Downtown Providence – Bounded by Fountain Street, Memorial Boulevard,
    Weybosset Street, Empire Street and Friendship Street (from Dyer Street to Dorrance Street)

Rhody Craft sign in the window of a shop

Hope Street

  • Hope Street – Rochambeau Avenue to Blackstone Boulevard

Table seating and table placements in a Riverwalk Providence restaurant


  • North Main Street – Thomas Street to Park Row

Two hot weiners from Olneyville New York System on a plate with onions on top

Silver Lake & Olneyville

  • Olneyville Square – Route 10 to Sydney Street and Delaine Street to Atwood Street to Magnolia Street

Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art Shopping

College Hill & Benefit Street

  • South Main Street – James Street to Packet Street

Domain Design jewelry display

Jewelry/Innovation District

  • Point Street – From Eddy Street to East Franklin Street

Thayer Street women's clothing display

Thayer Street

  • Thayer Street – Bowen Street to Waterman Street

Wayland Square skin care supplies in bins

Wayland Square

  • East Angell Street/Angell Street to Gano Street
  • Wayland Avenue from Angell Street to Pitman Street

Modern pottery display at Fox Point shop

Fox Point/Wickenden Street

  • Wickenden Street at Benefit Street to Ives Street at Preston Street