Free for the holidays – parking, shipping

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To boost online and downtown Springs holiday sales, national retailers and local authorities are offering a few free perks to shoppers.

Street parking in downtown Colorado Springs will be free this weekend, on Dec. 19 and 20. Parking meters will not be turned on.

And, at last count, 702 national retailers had teamed up to offer free shipping today to online shoppers. Visit to see who’s participating or to read more.