The 31st Lincoln Christmas Market took off on Thursday, December 5, with traditional and contemporary stalls offering festive shopping, food, drinks and entertainment.
Here at The Lincolnite we have been on a mission to discover the top stalls among more than 250 at this year’s event, which takes place until December 8. Let us know your favourite stalls in the comments.
John Bangay Lincolnshire Artwork
This stall is one of the original 11 at the first Lincoln Christmas Market 31 years ago. John Bangay sells a collection of Lincolnshire prints, tea towels, coasters and cards.
“I have been coming to the Lincoln Christmas Market as long as it has been going, I was one of the original 11.
“A lot of things have changed in these 31 years. The first year I remember we had a huge storm that blew the White Hart’s Christmas grotto right the way across Castle Square. The weather this year has certainly brought back those vivid memories.
“When the market first started people were very dubious about it and thought it wouldn’t take off. Then on the third year it was so busy it was dangerous!”
Ye Olde Hog Roast
Form Ye Olde Hog Roast, in the Castle Square food court, visitors can enjoy hot carvery rolls or toasted baguettes, hot drinks and sides.
Visitors to the craft tent will find homemade, reusable candles at the Stoneglow stall, as well as other unique gifts.
David, from Essex company Syoneglow said: “We have been at the Lincoln Christmas Market for about 10 years. It’s a very busy time of the year and people come back because they know where we are so they come back looking for us.
“We very much enjoy the Lincoln Christmas Market, although it is very hard work. It’s the hardest one of the year, but the best by far.”
Traditionally Cheese can be found in The Lawn section on the Christmas Market Map selling all your favourite cheese varieties.
Condessa Welsh Liqueurs
Condessa is a family company based in rural Anglesey. Their stall can be found in The Lawn section of the Lincoln Christmas Market.
Susan’s Farmhouse Fudge
This stall can be found in the Castle Square food court selling a colourful array of homemade fudge, sweets and mulled wine.
Andrew from Susan’s Farmhouse Fudge said: “We have been doing the Lincoln Christmas Market for 15 years selling homemade fudge, chocolates and mulled wine.
“We look forward to the event and year on year we see the same friendly stall holders as well as some great new ones.”
Goodies of Lincoln
The Goodies stall can be found in Lincoln Castle grounds showcasing a scrumptious collection of sweet treats from candy canes to chocolate snowmen. Perhaps you are familiar with the Goodies of Lincoln sweet shop on The Strait?
Rose Cottage Speciality Pork Pies
Yorkshire-based Rose Cottage is featuring at this year’s Christmas Market from Lincoln Castle. The popular stall is selling homemade pork pies, pork scratchings and other pastry treats.
Moonlighting products are handmade in Shropshire. The Lincoln Christmas Market stall features handmade lamps made using recycled material and bottles. Each light is unique and the stall is certainly a highlight of the craft tent.
Fiddley Diddley Pottery
The Fiddley Diddley Pottery stall, in The Lawn section of the Lincoln Christmas Market, sells handmade ornaments with one thing in common: miniature size. The pottery features individual Christmas-themed pieces as well as animals and scenes.
See our quick video tour of the Lincoln Christmas Market:
In addition to more than 250 stalls at the 2013 Lincoln Christmas Market visitors can also enjoy shopping as independent stores in the Cathedral Quater and High Street area as well as the great entertainment and events throughout the weekend.
Claire Thompson, Principle Events and Culture Officer said: “Visitors can look forward to the entertainment stage which is being set up in front of the White Hart Hotel. We’ve got different carol singing going on their, different entertainment.
“For me the highlight so far has to be all the glorious smells of the mulled wine, the citrus wreaths and the roasting chestnuts.”
The festivities in the Cathedral Quarter area of the city will continue until 7:30pm on Sunday December 8. For information, maps and guides you can visit our Lincoln Christmas Market Superguide.