MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Holiday shoppers are getting some good news when it comes to worrying about parking meters in a number of South Florida communities.

In Coral Gables, the city has announced that drivers will get a one-hour extension on expired parking meters beginning Friday, December 6 through December 26th.

If you forget to plug the meter, parking attendants will place a Holiday Courtesy Notice on your windshield, giving you an extra hour of free parking from the time your meter expired.

These courtesy notices apply only to the Downtown Coral Gables district from Andalusia Avenue to Giralda Avenue and from Douglas Road to LeJeune Road.

In Miami, the Parking Authority (MPA) has announced that the city’s “Holiday Courtesy Citation” program will begin Monday, December 16 through Sunday, December 29, 2013.

The program applies to all on-street parking spaces managed by MPA. Customers whose meters have expired will be issued a special Holiday Courtesy Citation explaining that they have been granted up to one free hour of parking beyond the expiration time, thus avoiding a parking ticket.

The Holiday Courtesy Citation program is in effect 24 hours a day, every day during the specified dates.

Customers must have purchased parking at a single-space meter, a Pay & Display master meter, or via Pay by Phone in order to be eligible for the courtesy time extension.