Half of the hassle of visiting downtown SLC during the holiday season is finding a parking spot closer than a 10-minute walk from where you want to go. In an effort to reduce that extra stress and encourage visitors, downtown leaders have been working hard to implement better parking practices: new pay meters, helpful apps and free holiday trolleys with stops at popular downtown locations.  

Here are three quick tips about downtown travel and parking for the holiday season: 

1. Use your Smartphone. 

Download the Parking Finder App, a nifty tool that searches the nearest garage, parking lot and metered parking options based on your location. The app also provides live bus tracking, nearest transit stops and information on bike routes, trails and parks.

2. Use the TRAX Free Fare Zone and the Jingle Bus. 

The TRAX Free Fare Zone includes stops by Library Square, City Creek Center, Main Street and EnergySolutions Arena, allowing you to park once and still easily access all major shopping and concert areas. TRAX runs year round, and the Jingle Bus will run now through Dec. 28 only from 5–10 p.m. seven days a week. Click here for the Jingle Bus route.

3. Shop on Saturday for two free hours

Parking restrictions apply all year with no freebies during the month of December (like previous years). There is still free two hour parking on Saturdays and no restrictions on Sundays. The new, bright blue, solar-powered meters make paying for parking quicker, easier and more accurate with the ability to pay for smaller increments of time. Using the parking meter is as simple as entering your space number, putting the money in, and grabbing your receipt.

No need to display the receipt on your dash, and if you'd rather skip the money all together, use the new QuickPay app. For more detailed instructions on the QuickPay app, using the parking meters or any additional parking information, click here.  

Happy Parking!