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Late Night Christmas Shopping and Free Parking in Lincoln

Lincoln is the perfect place for truly unique Christmas shopping - whether you need some inspiration or know the perfect gift - with late night shopping, free parking, and festive events.

Lincoln is home to one of the country’s most popular Christmas Markets early in December but has festive markets across the city throughout the festive season.

The Shop Lincoln website makes it easier than ever to find the shop you need in Lincoln. Whether you’re looking for high street fashion or something more quirky, Lincoln’s shopping centres, cobbled streets and famous Bailgate will have the shop for you.

There are also plenty of excuses to take a break from shopping over the festive period with historic tea rooms, quirky cafes and classy restaurants throughout the city. And with a programme of exciting Christmas events, Lincoln is a paradise for the yuletide season.

Late Night Christmas Shopping

Late night Christmas shopping in Lincoln kicks off with the Christmas Lights Switch On on Friday 23rd November, with many shops across the city staying open late til 8pm.

Following that, late night shopping til 8pm will take place on the High Street on:

  • Thursday 29th November;
  • Thursday 6th December;
  • Thursday 13th December;
  • Thursday 20th December;
  • Friday 21st December;
  • Saturday 22nd December.

Shops in Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter will also stay open late til 7pm from Thursday 20th - Saturday 22nd December.

If you plan to visit a particular shop please ring the business to check their opening times as they are subject to change.

Free Christmas Parking

Free parking from 4pm – 9.30pm at City of Lincoln Council car parks is also available for late night Christmas shopping on Thursdays and between Thursday 20th – Saturday 22nd December for those who register via the PayByPhone service. Just download the Pay by Phone App and register in advance.

Here are all the free parking spaces you can take advantage of this Christmas, and how to register you vehicle:

  • NEW Central Car Park Benefit from free parking at the NEW Central Car Park between 4pm and 9.30pm on Late Night Shopping Thursday’s and for late night shopping on Thursday 20th, Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd December. Use the ticket machines as usual when returning to your car, and only pay the standard rate if you park past 9.30pm. Postcode LN5 7BP.
  • City of Lincoln Council Car Parks Register your vehicle using Pay by Phone and park for free at any City of Lincoln Council Car Park between 4pm and 9.30pm on Late Night Shopping Thursdays and on Thursday 20th - Saturday 22nd December. Download the Pay by Phone App and pre-register to make parking even easier each time. Please note that Pay & Display machines will still charge.
  • St. Marks Car Park Free evening parking from daily from Monday 10th September 6pm – 6am each day. Free parking will start from 4:30pm on Friday 23rd for the Christmas Lights Switch On and Thursday 29th November for the Reindeer Parade. There is no need to register your vehicle or display a ticket on your windscreen, just turn up and park for free at St. Marks.

Christmas in Lincoln

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