City of Lincoln Council is working hard to make final preparations ahead of the oldest traditional Christmas market in the UK, Lincoln Christmas Market.
Taking place for the 38th time from 2-5 December, the four-day event will see over 150 stalls in the uphill area of the city, ranging from gifts and crafts, to local produce, food and drink. With an unrivalled setting in Lincoln’s historic centre, the market offers something for everyone.
Visitors will be able to enjoy a wide range of delicious food from the local area and abroad, find that perfect present among the unique gifts and homemade crafts and enjoy all the sights and smells of a traditional Christmas market.
From its humble beginnings as a traditional German Christmas market in 1982 with just 11 stalls, the market now welcomes visitors from across the world to get into the festive spirit.
Following the cancellation of all Christmas Markets in 2020 due to the UK’s Coronavirus pandemic, visitors will be happy to know the market’s staple favourites will be returning once again, including mulled wine and roasted chestnuts stalls, and fun for all the family in the form of a fun fair and big wheel offering spectacular views of Lincoln.
Visitors are strongly advised to wear a face covering when in crowded areas and indoors at the market.
Hand sanitisation stations will be present at various locations throughout the market, however it is also advised to bring your own hand sanitiser.
Visitors are also advised to take a lateral flow test prior to attending the market to ensure they are not carrying the Covid-19 virus.
For those who are unable to attend the Lincoln Christmas Market this year, an online market will be available for visitors to browse the trader’s businesses virtually at Lincoln-christmasmarket.co.uk.
Simon Colburn, Assistant Director for Health and Environmental Services at City of Lincoln Council and Event Commander for the Christmas Market said: “We are delighted to see the Christmas market return to the city.
“We are confident this year will be a great event and will bring not only bring Christmas cheer to the city but will also bring financial benefits to many businesses in the Uphill area and across the city.
“This year we are happy to announce there will be around 150 stalls at the market, meaning traders can be more spread out to allow for space as visitors browse.
“This event has been in planning for well over a year now, and we continue to work with partners including Lincolnshire Police, Public Health and Emergency Planning to ensure a safe event.
“We look forward to welcoming both residents and visitors.”
Cllr Neil Murray, Portfolio Holder for Inclusive Economic Growth at City of Lincoln Council added: “I very much welcome the return of Lincoln Christmas Market, which was dearly missed last year.
“The market is one of the biggest in the country and attracts visitors from far and wide, really putting Lincoln on the map.
“I’d also encourage our visitors to support Small Business Saturday on December 4.
“Lincoln is fortunate to boast a huge number of high quality, independent shops and small businesses, which welcome customers all year round.”
Visitors arriving by car can take advantage of a specially commissioned park and ride service, which will be based at Lincolnshire Showground (LN2 2NA).
Park and Ride can be pre-booked, with the price capped at £12 for those booking in advance.
To find out more about Lincoln Christmas Market and to pre-book the Park and Ride service, visit Lincoln-christmasmarket.co.uk.