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Top things to do in Lincoln this Christmas

Visitors and residents in Lincoln this festive season can enjoy a range of events from family pantomimes to parades and carol services.

We are filling our diaries with all sorts of celebrations. If you know of a special event in the city or the surrounding areas, you can let us know via news@thelincolnite.co.uk.


Lincoln Christmas Ice Rink

Photo: Emily Norton
Photo: Emily Norton

Where: City Square, Lincoln
When: Available until December 31
Tickets: £5.50 – £7.50

This real ice rink on Lincoln City Square is certain to get you in the Christmas spirit. Look out for special fun day and activities for all the family. See our full event listing here.


Panto: Robin Hood & the Babes in the Wood

Where: Lincoln Theatre Royal
When: Available until January 12
Tickets: £15.50 – £20.50

Cannon & Ball are back in their favourite city and starring in a woodland tale packed full of romance, action, adventure, heroes and villains aplenty as well as a large dollop of audience participation. See our full event listing here.


Panto: Cinderella

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Where: Lincoln Drill Hall
When: Available until January 4
Tickets: £15

This year’s pantomime at the Lincoln Drill Hall is a well-loved performance of Cinderella, staged by Jamie Marcus Productions Ltd. See our full event listing here.


Father Christmas visits The Collection

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite
Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Where: The Collection Museum, Danes Terrace
When: December 21 and 22
Tickets: £3.50, charity donation

Santa will be sending happy Christmas wishes from the Stokes cafe at The Collection Museum, to help raise money for the Philippines Typhoon Appeal. See our full event listing here.


Snowman Trail

Where: Lincoln Castle
When: Throughout December
Tickets: £2 adults, £1 children

Visitors to Lincoln Castle this month are invited to go on a very special Christmas Snowman Trail. Entry to Lincoln Castle will be discounted and guests will be offered a free return visit. See more details and Christmas Castle closures here.


Healthcare Services Present: Cathedral Carol Service

Carol service at Lincoln Cathedral.
Carol service at Lincoln Cathedral.

Where: Lincoln Cathedral
When: December 18, 7:30pm
Tickets: Free

Everyone is invited to the Lincolnshire healthcare service carol concert at Lincoln Cathedral. The event is free, the offering will be donated to Parkinson’s UK. See our full event listing here.


Carol Concert of Peace and Light

Where: University of Lincoln, Main Admin Building
When: December 19
Tickets: Free – Donations welcome

The University of Lincoln and three of the city’s Rotary Clubs are joining forces to put on a festive concert at the Brayford Campus. The multi-faith carol concert of peace and light will bring music, prayer and readings from different communities in Lincoln. See our full event listing here.

Lincoln Lantern Parade & Nativity

Lincoln Lantern Parade
Lincoln Lantern Parade

Where: Cornhill to Castle Square
When: December 19
Tickets: Free

On December 19, the children of Westgate Academy take part in an annual lantern parade through Lincoln, which ends with a traditional nativity play. See our full event listing here.


Lincoln Craft Market

Where: Cornhill
When: December 21

Local artisans create a unique place to buy handcrafted gifts, ornaments, jewellery and more. A great opportunity to purchase some unique Christmas gifts. See our full event listing here.


Winter Wonderland

Where: Yarborough Leisure Centre
When: December 21
Tickets: From free (events priced individually)

The Yarborough Leisure Centre Winter Wonderland has lots of free activities for all the family to enjoy including fancy-dress competitions, a bouncy bauble castle and a Santa’s grotto. See our full event listing here.


Christmas Eve Carols and Communion Service

Where: St Benedict’s Square, High Street
When: December 24, 3pm
Tickets: Free

Visitors to the High Street, in Lincoln, are invited to join in with Christmas Carols and communion at St Benedict’s Square in Christmas Eve. Get in on the action by following #HighStChristmas. In association with Luminouslincoln.co.uk.


 St Swithin’s Carol Services

Where: St Swithin’s Church and All Saints Monks Road
When: December 22 – 25
Tickets: Free, donations welcome

St Swithin’s Church is wishing people a happy Christmas and inviting all the family to take part in a programme of annual carol services in the city centre.

See our full listing with details here.