The City of Lincoln Council has started taking early applications for stalls at this year’s traditional Christmas market.
Only half of the usual number of stalls are available this year. The rest of 131 businesses are re-bookings following last year’s cancellation, rather than a refund.
To encourage local produce, the council is offering discounts of up to 30% to high-quality, original, charity and local traders at the event.
A selective process will then take place, as the the Lincoln Christmas Market team received last year 469 applications for the 275 stall places.
Rob Bradley, Tourism Services Manager at the City of Lincoln Council, said: “We’re usually faced with more applications than stall places, which puts us in the very strong position of being able to carefully select the stalls we want to see at the market.
“This year, we already have 131 stalls secured, so we’re much further ahead in the process than we would usually be.
“This gives us more opportunity to choose stalls that will create the best possible visitor experience of the market.
“Applications will be open for around a month and we’re looking forward to hearing from local businesses with great products,” Bradley added.
Businesses that secure a stall at the market will be informed in June.
Mark Hollingworth, Chair of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, said: “It’s great to see that incentives are being offered to local traders.”