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Lincoln Christmas Market
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Peter B
Chesterfield, UK13 contributions
Having been to the markets in Germany and latterly Prague we were disappointed with what was on offer. The main problem for us was that we did not feel at all safe. The organisers herded everyone together before letting anyone through at precisely 12 noon through a castle gateway shoulder to shoulder. Face masks should have been compulsory as a large number of people just went without. Managed to get a sausage in a roll for the princely sum of £7.50!

The organisers need to into Europe to see how it’s done!
Written December 3, 2021
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AMY B
Derby, UK649 contributions
Friends
We visit every year (bar snow or cancellations) we always enjoy (and to some degree endure) this tradition!

Not as many stalls as usual and the park and ride was a bit of a fiasco given it closed and people weren’t informed.

Nevertheless we had a good day and will almost certainly return next year too! It’s the best way to start our festivities.

Range of stalls for food, jewellery, drinks, scarves etc
Written December 5, 2021
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Gemma M
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Family
Where is best place to park oth than park and ride? As we are staying opp side of town of that?? Many thanks
Written November 29, 2016
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darrenelain
Blaxton, UK516 contributions
Been coming here for nearly 30 years and only missed two, it has been getting worse over the past six years and you can't blame Covid for that.
This used to be one of the best Christmas Markets but not no more, disappointed and a waste of time.
Definitely no atmosphere, boring music playing I just hope it was a bit more lively in the evening.
Must have been 100 stalls missing, none of the regular stalls holders their part from a couple.
It really needs new management to pick this Christmas Market Up, or they will find fewer and fewer people going when there are better ones around.
Written December 5, 2021
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Steve B
Stoke-on-Trent, UK95 contributions
Even allowing for the restrictions caused by the current situation, this year was a disappointment.

This used to be one of the best Christmas events in the UK.

This year was really flat, characterless and bland.

Row after row of fast food stalls, all selling the usual stuff available at any big public event with, in this case, pricing ranging from hysterically optimistic to grand larceny.

Totally lacking in atmosphere, not helped by the frankly risible number of stalls selling anything other than junk food.

An hour would have been enough but the traditional coach trip people were stuck for hours. Wonder how they killed time.

Mercifully, the event was less crowded than usual. At least the pubs had a little more room.

This event needs a serious rethink if it is to have a future.

It’s been shrinking and becoming less interesting for years.

A terrible loss. A few years ago it was a fixture in the calendar, not to be missed. Next year. I wonder ...
Written December 5, 2021
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Martin W
King's Lynn, UK13 contributions
This was our first visit to Lincoln Christmas Market and I have to say we were disappointed! We used Park and Ride (£15) and found the market after the 10-minute trip. The atmosphere was good, but there were not as many stalls as we were expecting. We spoke with the tourist information who said there were 59 stalls, and there are usually around 110! I am pretty sure out of the 59 stalls 50 of them were food stalls!
The number 4 seemed to be the number! £4 for Hot chocolate, £4 for Chelsea buns, etc. It was very expensive and very dissapointing.
Even more so when we returned to the car park where it took us 2 hours to get out of the car park. The whole experience was not as we were expecting. We won't be visiting this market again. Not work the two hour trip from home.
Written December 5, 2021
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Richard J
London, UK1,499 contributions
Have been before and this year's was a big improvement, despite all the obvious current problems. Having survived the slog up the aptly named ' steep hill ' we found a nice mix of stalls with plenty to see. Numerous food stalls selling locally produced goodies. Piped carols added to the festive atmosphere. The market was spread across the area from the front of the Cathedral, through the castle grounds and beyond. Crowded but well organised and marshalled.
Written December 2, 2021
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Dave558899 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧
Kent, UK1,112 contributions
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1 star review unusual for me
The Christmas market is huge then i looked closer
The tanoy / Pa system is/ was way to loud with in alot of cases not alot of relevant information being broadcasted in something locations it was difficult to hear yourself think

Lots and lots of trade stands a
few of them were doubled up ie selling the same products.... Bu
t boy was there a lot of foods trade i fully understand supply and demand but they overshadowed the art and bit shall we say ... It was as if lots of trade had pulled out so they put another hot chocolate and baileys stall there
Although it was very well policed with uniform and plain clothes
The stewards ... Lots and lots around some very welcoming with a smile but some not so no spirit actually quite rude and came across like little hitlers
Yes it was cold yes it is December and yes you stand all day
But if you dont want to be there go home
On the plus side some of the items for sale was very crafty very nice and the stand holders was in good spirits and very welcoming
I really do hope everybody has a good show
Written December 8, 2019
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2-pie-eaters
lincoln uk39 contributions
Family
I was a little surprised by some of the negative comments on the Christmas Market. I appreciate its not for everyone, and individual comments are just that. Like wise I am writing my pennies worth and hope readers may find this useful.

We have been to the market almost every year since it opened and its on the must to do list every year. this year will not be any different.

Here are a few tips.
Best time to visit. Thursday evening. Its quiet and as a great Christmas feeling as the market is not too busy to walk around. Park up around 5pm. This gives you 4-5 hours. Car parks are cheaper in the evening time. Disabled should park at the top of town or use the park & ride as Steep Hill is as it implies.. Steep.

Parking. We use the car park near the waterside shopping complex. Park up about 5pm and its an enjoyable walk through the town, up Steep Hill to the Castle Square.

In Castle square, turn left into the one way walking system. Immediately on your left is one of the food halls. A quick chance to get Olives, pasties, and a hot drink.
From here go through the Castle Gates and this is the first area of stalls. Usual displays include crafts, German mulled wine and some live displays on stage.
The mood within the Castle Walls can be electric.
Through the Castle and down the drawbridge. Over the road just to the left is The Lawn. Surrounded by smaller stalls. It does sometimes get busy, but the earlier the better. More crafts, and once through the main building you enter a huge food tent. French, German, Spanish & British foods to name a few. Plenty of choice from cheeses, meats, pies and other such delights.
Outside your pointed right and to more hot foods and crafts. Ostrich burgers, honey roasted almonds etc. There are a few funfair stalls from here, but easy to avoid.
Once at the road, turn left and follow the road to the junction. As you turn right, there are two or three sections of more crafts to visit as you make your way back towards the Castle Square. In between all of these sections there are more stalls. No empty spaces, so loads to see. So far your 2-3 hours in.

Reaching Castle Square, turn left under the arch and in front of you in all its glory is Lincoln Cathedral. Fantastic to see at night and there are usually roasted chestnuts available.
Walk towards the right-hand side of the Cathedral and in the wall so 300 feet around the corner is an entrance into The Old College. Down the steps and your back into mediaeval times. Straw over the floor, everyone dressed up and tents all around. Its like being in Robin Hood times. More crafts here and a quieter atmosphere.

Leaving the college, you can either turn left and back to the square and head down Steep Hill, or turn right and in about 150 feet, you can take the old steps, taking you away from the crowds and follow Lindum Hill back downhill.
By now you should have sore feet.

Well above is a taster as to what there is. plenty to see, buy and eat, and I have not mentioned it all. I am not condoning any previous reviews whatsoever, but this is just a snippet for any new visitor who may like to try it.

I hope this has been useful. If you do come along. I hope you enjoy your stay in Lincoln City.
PS. I don't work for the Market, any local shops either. I am just like you, "A Visitor".
Written August 20, 2014
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Eleanor S
Lincoln, UK4 contributions
I live in Lincoln and think it is a great town to visit, with lots of lovely unique shops, cafes and plenty of pretty scenery. I personally feel it is a mistake to visit during the Christmas market, however.

It is sold as full of character and local produce/ artisans / craftsmen but the reality is that people pitch up in Lincoln from all over the place, selling generic tat ( flashing Santa hat stall, anyone?) and then leave again. There is very little local flavour or spirit to the event.

Overcrowding and poor organisation of the stalls mean that if you visit in the evening you need to expect to be bellowed at by rude, overtired stewards. Additionally, once you are on the one-way circuit, you can't turn back or leave it. The slow, circular trudge is reminiscent of a scene from Midnight Express.

Food is overpriced and does not reflect the quality local produce available, and it is hard to browse the numerous boutiques and gift shops on the Bail as everyone is continually shunted along the treadmill.

I've been to far better Christmas markets, where they don't have the feeling of being a sell-out, so would recommend reading up on other options.

By all means come to Lincoln - it's a great place to stay for a weekend, but don't be fooled into being ripped off at market time.
Written September 27, 2014
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