The Lincoln Christmas Market has concluded for another year and after thousands of litres of mulled wine, a total sell-out for some traders and a weekend of fortunate weather organisers are marking it a success.
The annual Christmas Market in historic uphill Lincoln took place between Thursday, December 4 until Sunday, December 7.
Tens of thousands of people visited throughout the four days, shopping for gifts, food and drink from the selection of stalls and supporting local businesses.
The number of people using the park and ride service from the Lincolnshire Showground was up 13% on last year for all four days, with 8,500 vehicles using the service.
Organisers at the City of Lincoln Council said they have received positive feedback on the variety of stalls and several traders sold out this year.
John Latham, Director for Development and Environmental Services, said:
“The FFN, the original German market traders who have been coming to us since 1982, sold more than 2,000 litres of mulled wine and almost 8,000 bratwurst, while more than 10,000 people enjoyed the spectacular views from the Big Wheel during the four days.
“This year’s market has gone exceptionally well. Feedback from visitors, stallholders and local businesses has been superb.
“We listened to feedback from visitors and stallholders following last year’s market and focused this year on increasing the amount of entertainment, which went down very well, and creating more space and extra seating areas around the market.
“The new wooden chalets were also very popular and really helped add to the festive atmosphere. It was great to see an increased presence for Lincoln and Lincolnshire businesses, and strong support for Small Business Saturday.
“We would like to thank everyone who supported the event, including local residents and businesses for their patience and co-operation, and also Lincolnshire Police, the Red Cross, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue and all the other agencies involved in helping City of Lincoln Council put on this amazing event we can all be proud of.
“We now need to start planning next year’s market to build on this year’s success and make sure 2015’s event is the best yet.
“Lincoln will be celebrating a hugely significant year with the completion of the Castle Revealed restoration project, the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the British National Cycling Championships and the International Bomber Command Memorial, and we need to ensure the market is a fitting end to a fantastic year.”
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The Christmas Market may be over for another year, but there are still plenty of festive events to look forward to on the Lincoln calendar. Check out our Top Christmas Events roundup for ideas for all the family.