It’s time to shake off the shackles for the rest of the year and enjoy a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle. If you’re looking for something a little different from the typical mad rush of the High Street, The Lincolnite has picked out the top 10 things to do over the Christmas period.
The Moroccan craft and food market continues at St Marks Square. Over 30 traders are selling their wares, including authentic wood, jewellery, leather goods, slippers, pottery and candles, which are sure to make a great prezzie.
When: Until December 22
Where: St Mark’s Square
Take the kids along to Hartsholme Country Park this Tuesday, where they can create their own decorations and cards in time for Christmas.
When: 1pm-3pm, Tuesday December 20
Where: Hartsholme Country Park
Cornhill Craft Market
The Cornhill Craft Market offers a range of high-quality hand-made jewellery, accessories and other items – perfect if you need a unique gift for someone special.
When: 9am-4pm, December 19-24
Carols at Lincoln Cathedral
Enjoy some traditional Christmas carols within the majestic Lincoln Cathedral this Christmas Eve. Surely there is no finer venue in which to get into the festive spirit in the run up to the big day itself.
When: 4pm, Saturday December 24
Where: Lincoln Cathedral
The Snow Queen
A magic mirror is broken. A little boy turns mean and disappears. A young girl embarks on a quest to rescue her friend from the clutches of the beautiful but wicked Snow Queen. Hans Christian Andersen’s wonderful wintery story comes to life in the form of sound, song, laughter and dance. A perfect Christmas treat for children of all ages.
When: Until 24 December. Times vary.
Where: Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
Cost: Prices vary
Misha B at Home
X-factor semi-finalist Misha B makes her Lincoln debut on Boxing Day at Home Lincoln nightclub. The performer will be playing all her show favourites live at the venue. A limited number of advance Q-jump tickets are available.
When: 8pm, Monday December 26
Where: Home Lincoln
Cost: From £6
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The wonderful well-loved tale comes to Lincoln this year in the form of a pantomime at Lincoln Drill Hall. All your favourite characters are here, including Nurse Knickerbocker, the very silly Muddles and Snow White… and the seven dwarfs, of course! The production is packed full of great songs, fabulous dancing and a higher volume of cheering than you might expect from a traditional panto.
When: Until January 2
Where: Lincoln Drill Hall
Cost: Adults £14, Concessions £10
Christmas activities at Bransby
If you’re looking for a day trip, Head along to Bransby Home of Rest for Horses this Christmas for the ‘Tinsel and Baubles’ Quiz every day. There’s a goody bag prize with every entry! There will also be Christmas craft days on Tuesday December 20 and Thursday December 22 from 10.30am – 1.30pm, which include a craft session and a guided tour. There’s always plenty of horses, ponies and donkeys to look at and pet too.
When: Until January 3
Where: Bransby Home of Rest for Horses
Cannon and Ball star as the Ugly Sisters in this performance of the famous tale, this year’s Christmas Pantomime at Lincoln Theatre Royal. Joining the pair are Michelle Hardwick as Cinderella and Nicola Weeks as Prince Charming. With stunning sets, beautiful costumes and many surprises, the show will take you to a magical fairtytale world.
When: Until January 15. Times may vary.
Where: Lincoln Theatre Royal
Cost: Prices vary
Live music at Kind
Stop in at Kind Bar, a treasure of Lincoln’s independent nightlife, for a night of acoustic folk and punk music. Performing acts include New Jersey folk artist PJ Bond, indie folk/punk quartet Bad Ideas and punk/reggae/folk mix-up group Jake & The Jellyfish. Settle in with a glass of their warm spiced cider to really get in the Christmas spirit.
When: 7.30pm, Monday December 19
Where: Kind Bar