It may be only June, but preparations have already begun for the 2015 Lincoln Christmas Market.
Applications for stalls at the four-day-event, which will run from Thursday, December 3 to Sunday, December 6, opened on June 1.
Nearly 100 applications for stalls have already been received for the 33rd market, which the council expects to attract more than 250,000 visitors.
The market has received high levels of satisfaction from customers in surveys conducted by the University of Lincoln, with 91% saying they were either very satisfied or satisfied with the event.
Visitors, who travelled from as far as the south-east, Wales and Cornwall, spent an average of £53, bringing in more than £13 million to the city.
However, this did not prevent the market from making a £65,000 loss last year.
Claire Thompson, Principal Events and Culture Officer at City of Lincoln Council, said: “Lincoln Christmas Market has an unrivalled setting in the city’s cathedral quarter, boasting just over 200 quality stalls selling crafts, food and unique gifts.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming stallholders – and visitors – old and new who can help us continue to make Christmas in Lincoln really magical.
“We’re also excited to be developing the entertainment on offer by building on the programme of festive entertainment, and improving the layout of the market by moving the food court to the outdoor section at The Lawn, so it’s all in one place.”
The first round of applications closes on July 13, with offers due to be sent out from August 3.
The deadline for accepting offers will be September 11.
Applications for a stall, or to be a busker at the market, can be made online.