Applications for almost 90% of stall places at this year’s Lincoln Christmas Market have been received, with a fortnight left for stallholders to apply.
More than 160 stallholders have applied since the start of the month for a place at this year’s event, which will run from Thursday, December 4 until Sunday, December 7.
The first round of applications closes on July 28, with offers due to be sent out from August 18.
The deadline for accepting offers will be September 15 and all stalls will be allocated for the four day duration of the market.
Preparations are already underway for the 32nd market, which is expected to attract more than 200,000 visitors to the city.
Several changes are taking place this year, including a new layout. The Perfect Presents Marquee will relocate to Castle Hill, while the food court will move to St Paul in the Bail.
There will also be more entertainment in all areas of the market and festive buskers are still encouraged to apply by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following a successful trial last year, there will be more chalets available for hire within Castle Square and the Castle Grounds.
In an effort to support local businesses, discounts are available to traders from Lincoln and Lincolnshire.
There are also discounts for charity stalls, as well as to traders selling handmade crafts and goods.
Fees and charges can be found on the Lincoln Christmas Market website, along with details of how to apply and discounts for charity stalls and local traders.
Sammy Pengelly, Events and Culture Officer at the City of Lincoln Council, said: “We’ve already received more than 160 applications, including a good mix of new and previous stall holders and a great variety of stall types.
“It’s been fantastic to get such a positive response, and there’s still plenty of time for people to apply. We’re really excited about this year’s Christmas market, especially with the added entertainment and extra chalets that will help to create a really festive atmosphere.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming all stallholders who can help us to make Christmas in Lincoln really magical.”