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Lincoln Christmas Market 2018

  • December 6, 2018 to December 9, 2018
  • All Day

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Stalls, performers, and festive cheer take over Lincoln's Cathedral Quarter for four days of festive entertainment, shopping, and food and drink.

Visitors to the famous Lincoln Christmas Market will be sure to soak up the festive atmosphere across this large market site, with more than 280 stalls nestled in and around Lincoln Castle, Lincoln Cathedral, and many other venues and streets along the way.

There is something for everyone, from unusual gifts to food and drink from near and far, not to mention a whole host of entertainment for all the family to enjoy.

Enjoy the scents of mulled wine and freshly cooked food, the sounds of entertainment, music and merriment and the sights of this market in this stunning, historic city.

Shops across the city will also stay open late for the duration of the Market, and the Artists' Christmas Village offers goods from local artists and crafters too.

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Castle Hill & Lincoln Castle: the starting point for your visit to the Market with authentic German-themed stalls, arts, crafts, gifts, and more.

The Lawn: the Christmas Bazaar, Christmas Pantry, and a huge variety of food and drink - including local produce, roasted nuts, and more.

Westgate & Fairground: get into the festive spirit with more stalls, the Craft Marquee, fairground rides, and The Big Wheel - a great way to see the whole historic area from up high.

Lincoln Cathedral West Front: authentic wooden chalets with the stunning Lincoln Cathedral as a backdrop.

For a full list of stall holders, please visit the Lincoln Christmas Market website.

There is no parking in the vicinity of the Christmas Market so all visitors arriving by car should use the dedicated Christmas Market Park and Ride service which operates from the Lincolnshire Showground (LN1 2ZF) on the A15 just north of Lincoln.

The park and ride site will be well sign posted on all approach roads and for those using satellite navigation, the postcode is LN1 2ZF. There is also a dedicated service for people with disabilities, using specially adapted vehicles which also runs from the Showground.

  • Thursday: 11:30am - 10pm;
  • Friday - Saturday: 9am - 10pm;
  • Sunday: 9am - 7:30pm.

Pre booked tickets are just £12 and are open dated, so can be used on any one day of the Market. Charges on the day per car are - Thursday £13, Friday £14, Saturday £15, and Sunday £14.

Pre-book Park & Ride tickets now on the Bradsons website.

Lincoln Castle

Lincoln Castle's Medieval Wall Walk will be open throughout the market (10am - 4pm) offering fantastic views over the market and the city.

The Victorian Prison and Magna Carta Vault will also be open from 10am - 4pm. Although Magna Carta (1215) and the Charter of the Forest (1217) will be off display for conservation, a first edition of Charles Dickens' classic Christmas tale A Christmas Carol will be open display in the vault.

The Castle Day Ticket can be bought on the Lincoln Castle Digitickets website: Adult: £13.50; Concession: £11; Child (ages 5 - 16): £7.20; Under 5s: free; Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children): £34.20; Carers accompanying visitors with disabilities: free.

Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln Mystery Plays will be performing a short nativity vignette titled The Shepherd's Play in the nave of Lincoln Cathedral (free of charge) throughout the market.

There will also be free to attend carol services by candlelight.

Thursday 6th December (Lincoln Christmas Market)

  • Christmas Market Opening Evensong, 5:30pm, free;
  • Christmas Market Opening Ceremony, 6:30pm, free;
  • The Shepherd's Play presented by Lincoln Mystery Plays, 7:15pm and 7:45pm, free.

Friday 7th December (Lincoln Christmas Market)

  • Prayer Service, 3pm, free;
  • 50th Anniversary Christingle Service, 5:30pm, free;
  • The Shepherd's Play presented by Lincoln Mystery Plays, 7:15pm and 7:45pm, free.

Saturday 8th December (Lincoln Christmas Market)

  • Lincolnshire Hospital Band Performance, 2:15pm, free;
  • Prayer Service, 3pm, free;
  • Carols by Candlelight, 5:30pm, free;
  • The Shepherd's Play presented by Lincoln Mystery Plays, 7:15pm and 8:15pm, free.

Bus Services

Services 7 & 8 will be available to take you between Stand G at Lincoln Bus Station and the Christmas Market:

  • Thursday 6th - Saturday 8th: every 10 minutes from 9:40am - 6:10pm, every 15 minutes from 6:30pm - 9:45pm;
  • Sunday 9th: every 15 minutes from 9:30am - 5:45pm.


There is a large taxi rank outside Lincoln Central Station which can transport you to the Christmas Market. Other taxi companies in the city centre include:

  • Handsome Cabs, 27 Corporation Street, Lincoln, LN2 1HL
    01522 545352
  • Direct Cars, 35 Silver Street, Lincoln, LN2 1EW
    01522 567567

There are extra train services to and from Lincoln for the duration of the Christmas Market, providing more seats than ever before.

Extra seats on Lincoln services will be available over the four days and extra staff will be on hand at Lincoln and other nearby stations making it easy to get to Lincoln for the festive event. Direct services to Lincoln will connect with:

  • North: Sheffield,  Doncaster, Gainsborough;
  • East: Cleethorpes, Grimsby;
  • South: London King's Cross, Peterborough, Sleaford;
  • West: Derby, Nottingham, Newark.

Confirmed extra services include:

  • Thursday
    • Additional return train direct to Leeds (Doncaster, Wakefield Westgate) departing Lincoln at 21:14;
  • Friday
    • Additional return train direct to Leeds (Doncaster, Wakefield Westgate) departing Lincoln at 21:14;
  • Saturday
    • Additional return train direct to Leeds (Newark, Doncaster, Wakefield Westgate) departing Lincoln at 21:14;
  • Sunday
    • Additional return train direct to Leeds (Newark, Doncaster, Wakefield Westgate) departing Lincoln at 21:56.

Book tickets now from East Midlands Trains, Northern Rail, or London North East Railway.

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Thursday 6th - Sunday 9th December 2018

  • Thursday 6th: 12pm - 9:30pm
  • Friday 7th - Saturday 8th: 10am - 9:30pm
  • Sunday 9th: 10am - 7pm

Free admission to the Christmas Market. Costs for rides may vary.

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