Lincoln Christmas Market refresh for 31st anniversary

The 31st Lincoln Christmas Market will return on December 5-8, but as part of its 31st anniversary, organisers are adding a few new twists.

The market will still host over 250 stalls, stocking all kinds of gifts and treats in time for Christmas, and plenty of entertainment and food, all against the backdrop of Lincoln Cathedral.

There will be an official launch of the market at the Cathedral as part of a traditional carol concert, opened by city’s civic Mayor Patrick Vaughan.

However, the City of Lincoln Council this year are also adding a team of uniformed volunteers to help visitors around the market.

Called Market Makers, they will offer some interesting insight about the city and market, answer questions and help anyone who needs it.

Additionally, the Christmas Market website will also get an overhaul to make it more interactive.

Extra features include useful information for residents living in the area, as well as information about stalls and the different sections of the market.

Jingle the Elf will be back on social media to also help anyone with questions, and offer plenty of market tips. The market also has a Facebook page to keep users updated.

However, aside from his usual antics, Jingle will also be hosting a number of games, such as offering clues to answers you will be able to find around the market.

As previously reported, the one way system of last year will be scrapped unless it gets very busy, and now the only permanent one-way area will be in Lincoln Castle.

John Latham, Director of Development and Environment Services at the council, said: “The Christmas Market is one of the greatest events in the city’s calendar and attracts people from around the globe.

“This year we are celebrating the market’s 31st year and have introduced some new elements to make it the biggest and best event to date.

“We have taken on board feedback from stallholders, businesses and visitors from last year and hope the changes will bring about a new, improved event for all involved.”