Lincoln's Christmas Market
Buying those never ending list of presents for loved can become rather daunting and getting into the Christmas spirit can be a real struggle. Lincoln's Christmas Market is the perfect remedy for all your Christmas needs. This famous Christmas market has been running for over 30 years and attracts over 150,000 visitors every year, so choosing the right time of the 4 day event can become quite important. The busiest time will obviously be at the weekend and the drive in can be quite stressful. The most atmospheric time will be in the evenings and the quietest on the Thursday and Friday. So it may be worth booking a day or two off work to make the most of the market and Christmas spirit.
With over 250 stalls, your present buying needs should be covered no problem and there's a food marquee and plenty of festive snack stalls around to keep your energy levels up. Lincoln's Christmas Market still has a strong German connection with unique yearly stands and delicious treats. There are also an abundance of other stalls supplying great gift ideas give plenty of options.
The beginning of the market weaves is way from the square into the castle, a beautiful place that you would normally have to pay to see and is a great venue for such an occasion. From here it takes the crowds to the lawns on the other side where there are marquees full of all sorts of arts and crafts and a fun fair for the children. From here, make sure you go round the back of the cathedral to reach Bishop's Palace and the real stars of the show. Here you will be transported to a festive medieval time and discover fascinating handmade wares. Finally you will be bought to the front of the cathedral, a stunning setting, especially when lit up at night.
The university and local art community also run stalls at various locations. The locations can vary but tend to be slightly further towards the high street, so make sure to keep an eye out for these gems. The high street itself is also worth a visit , with their shops staying open late and pubs and bars providing great food and festive drinks to add to the Christmas spirit. Make sure to book a table for the evening if you are planning to eat at a restaurant or pub however as these can quickly fill up.
The event is the biggest on the Lincoln calendar , so of course accommodation can quickly fill up. Plan ahead and book your accommodation in Lincoln. Hunt around as the usual chain hotels and inns in Lincoln can actually become more expensive than other hotels and B&Bs in the surrounding area.