Organisers are revving up advance preparations with one month to go until the Lincoln Christmas Market.
After last year’s cancellation due to bad weather, the 2011 market will take place in uphill Lincoln between Thursday, December 1 and Sunday, December 4.
A whopping 265 stalls will be at this year’s market, some of which rolled over their bookings from last year, as well as several new additions.
Around 30% of the stalls will host Lincolnshire traders, following special incentives to join the market, as well as businesses from across the region and abroad.
The City of Lincoln Council, the organisers of the market, announced a new partner for the event, Ruddocks of Lincoln.
The company will provide materials and assistance for children’s crafts sessions that will be held at Westgate School during the market.
Open from 1pm to 5.30pm on each day of the market, children will get the chance to make wreaths, crackers, Christmas cards and lanterns.
Henry Ruddock said he hopes the craft activities for children will help to make the Christmas market a family event.
“We have already run several successful craft days at our High Street store and the enthusiasm of the children is wonderful.
“We hope the craft area will truly offer children the chance to participate in the magic of the Lincoln Christmas Market,” Ruddock added.
Something for everyone
The fairground on Westgate and the children’s Winter Wonderland at the Lawn will be back by popular demand at this year’s market.
Thursday night — traditionally “locals’ day” — will see the official opening of the market by Mayor of Lincoln at the cathedral west front at 6.15pm.
Street theatre for visitors of all ages will take place in St Paul in the Bail during the market too.
Performances from Chapterhouse Theatre Company and the Lincoln Mystery Plays will include traditional stories like A Christmas Carol and The 12 Days of Christmas.
Council Events Officer Holly Parker said: “We are thrilled to be bringing the Lincoln Christmas Market back, bigger and better for another year, and with just one month to go, locals, businesses and visitors can start to get really excited!”