Islip Town officials are suspending the parking meter program in downtown Bay Shore for the holiday season.

From Thursday, Nov. 28, to Wednesday, Jan. 1, visitors to Bay Shore will be allowed to park freely in an effort to promote holiday shopping in the downtown.

“I encourage everyone to shop your local small business this Saturday, November 30th, and to continue to ‘shop small’ throughout the holiday season and New Year,” said Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter.

The suspended parking meter initiative will apply to all meters in the downtown area of Bay Shore, including the back lots, says Islip Town officials

The first big event that will benefit from the free parking initiative is Bay Shore Beautification’s Winterfest on Saturday, Nov. 30.