Lincoln Christmas Market sets new record

The 2011 Lincoln Christmas Market raked in thousands of visitors to the city this year, beating previous attendance records.

Organisers at City of Lincoln Council estimate over 200,000 people attended the four-day market this year.

The Christmas Market was in so much demand over the weekend, a temporary limit was placed on the number of people allowed in Castle Square and the Castle Grounds.

Between December 1 and 4, the busiest dates were Thursday, known as locals’ night, and Saturday.

Almost 590 coaches brought visitors to the market, while the Park & Ride service also set a new record, accommodating 11,500 cars.

After heavy snowfall cancelling last year’s market for the first time since it began, the City of Lincoln Council worked hard to make it a memorable one.

As well as various street entertainment, people were able to browse over 250 stalls, ranging from traditional crafts and jewellery to children’s toys, stocking fillers and delicious international treats.

Families could also relax and make various Christmassy crafts in Westgate School’s hall, and for those wanting the remember their trip, the council also sold souvenirs starting at £2.50.

Chris Dunbar, Communications Manager at the City of Lincoln Council, said: “We’re delighted with the turnout at this year’s Christmas Market and we thank the public of Lincoln for supporting our premier event.

“Thursday and Saturday were particularly busy and we know that both stall holders and local businesses did really well right across the city.

“This has been a real boost to the local economy and we are already looking forward to next year’s market with great anticipation and with ambitions to improve the experience even further.”

The 2012 Lincoln Christmas Market will be held between December 6-9.