The Lincoln Christmas Market was declared officially open for 35th year under the spires of Lincoln Cathedral.
Crowds gathered before the twinkling tree at the front of the building for a special opening ceremony attended by the Dean of the cathedral Christine Wilson, the Mayor of Lincoln Councillor Chris Burke and a selection of honoured guests on Thursday, December 7.
A choir treated the audience to a section of carols and the organisers of the market looked ahead to the busiest weekend on the city events calendar.
The annual market is expected to draw in around 250,000 people up until closing day on Sunday, December 10.
There was lots to take in on the first day of the market. Watch the highlights here: