Lincoln Christmas Market — Day 1

Despite blustering winds, locals gathered around uphill Lincoln to enjoy the first day of the 2013 Lincoln Christmas Market.

The first day of the 31st market on December 5, known as locals’ day, launched at 12pm, with the official opening happening in the evening at Lincoln Cathedral.

However, due to high winds, this caused a delay in the opening of Lincoln Castle, which was unable to open for safety reasons until 5pm.

Claire Thompson, Principal Events and Culture Officer, said at the time: “This morning we were fully anticipating the gusts of wind. The weather has unfortunately lead to the Castle not being open today yet.”

Residents still managed to enjoy the stalls on offer around the castle though, with plenty stopping off at the various craft tents and food stalls.

There are plenty of roasts and carvery style sandwiches to tuck into, in addition to traditional Frankfurter hotdogs, washed down with mulled wine or cider.

Meanwhile, shoppers can treat themselves or loved ones to various jewellery and accessories, cosmetics, leather items, homeware, traditional toys and more.

Children can play on a number of fairground rides, or warm up in Westgate Academy or the Assembly Rooms cafes with a hot drink and homemade snacks.

The festivities will continue until 7.30pm on Sunday, December 8.

See our quick video tour of the Lincoln Christmas Market:

Also see: Our gallery from day two of the market

Don’t miss: Top 10 stalls at Lincoln Christmas Market

For everything about the market: Lincoln Christmas Market superguide