7 Most Splendid Christmas Markets In Lincoln, England

christmas markets in lincoln

Lincoln might not be a world-famous tourist destination, however, it is a unique English cathedral city with remarkable beauty and lovely iconic landmarks. During the Christmas period, the city celebrates the festive atmosphere with a number of exciting events, including cathedral concerts, a mini-marathon, traditional Christmas markets, a fabulous light show, and lots more. It goes without saying that the backdrop of all these festivities is, among others, a stunning cathedral of Gothic architecture, along with an 11th century Norman fortress. The city also features charming cobblestone streets with beautiful vintage shops, galleries, great parks, and historic houses as well. Read on to learn about the most splendid Christmas markets in Lincoln, England, and visit the place for a truly amazing Christmas experience!

1. Lincoln Christmas Market

Known as one of the largest Christmas markets in Europe and the very first one that took place in the UK, Lincoln Christmas Market is not a common market at all. Operating for only a four-day period, it attracts about 250,000 visitors and is held about three weeks before Christmas. The visitors will have to cross the impressive Lincoln Castle to reach the nearly 280 stalls that are spread around the historic and cultural center of the city. In the traditional event, you will have the chance to attend live concerts, choose an unusual gift, enjoy some good food and drinks, and of course, soak up the whole festive atmosphere.

Lincoln Christmas Market

Address: Bailgate and Steep Hill, Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN1 3AA

Dates: December 2 - 5, 2021

Hours: December 2: 12pm - 9:30pm; December 3 - 4: 10am - 9:30pm; December 5: 10am - 7pm

Website: Lincoln Christmas Market

2. Lincoln Christmas Maker's Market

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Open All Hours The Lincoln Makers’ Markets are sadly still closed due to the virus, but many of the artists and...

Posted by Lincoln Makers' Market on Thursday, April 16, 2020

This is another Christmas market that also takes place for a short period of time in December, but this one is based on the work of local artists. The market that is situated in St. Martin’s Square is ideal for those who wish to avoid the most crowded markets and also to support the local area. So, here, visitors may find a wide range of products, from woodwork to paintings, and from glass art to different fabrics, showcasing a variety for every pocket and every taste. Support the local artisans with their unique and affordable art and craft.

Lincoln Christmas Maker's Market

Address: St Martin’s Square Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN2 1HY

Dates: December 2 - 5, 2021

Hours: December 2 - 4: 9am - 7pm; December 5: 9am - 5pm

Websites: Lincoln Christmas Maker’s Market, Facebook

3. Lantern Parade

If you happen to be vacationing around Lincoln in mid-December, make sure you attend the Lantern Parade that takes place in the evening time. The parade starts with hundreds of families (and not only) from the Cornhill and ends up in Castle Hill, while participants carry paper lanterns. The most fascinating thing about the parade is the herd of camels that actually lead the way up to Castle Hill. The evening will finish with a nativity service from St. Mary Magdalene`s Church. Due to this event, nearby shops will keep their doors open till late for Christmas shopping.

Lantern Parade

Address: Lincoln Cornhill, Lincoln

4. Lincoln Castle Christmas Emporium

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Enjoy the true spirit of Christmas within the medieval walls of the majestic Lincoln Castle. The Christmas Emporium will entertain visitors of all ages with its unique art, craft, and culinary delights. The main attraction of this event is the spectacular, Victorian-inspired Light Show that will absolutely amaze families and friends with its soundtrack and illuminations. While here, you also have the chance to access the Medieval wall walk from where you can enjoy incredible evening views of the city. And last but not least, Santa will be around to receive your wishes and complete the Christmas scene.

Lincoln Castle Christmas Emporium

Address: Castle Hill Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN1 3AA

5. Christmas at Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral
Source: Photo by Flickr user Emma Tinson used under CC BY 2.0

A number of delightful concerts and services take place within the imposing Lincoln Cathedral during this festive season. The cathedral itself is a stunning architectural bliss which is certainly worth a visit, but if you happen to be into the Christianity concept, then the one-month program will delight you even more. Among the concerts are Christmas carols, carol services, Evensong, A Ceremony of Carols that also includes an evening candle-lit tour, Christingle service, and other services. There is usually free attendance, except for a few concerts that do have an entry fee.

Christmas at Lincoln Cathedral

Address: Minster Yard, Lincoln, LN2 1PX

Dates: November 18 - December 18, 2021

Website: Christmas at Lincoln Cathedral

6. Santa Fun Run & Walk

Posted by Lincoln Santa Fun Run & Walk on Monday, 14 December 2015

Every year during the festive season, there is a fun outdoor event that occurs a single day only. Over 2,000 people will dress in Santa suits and will participate in this fun run (or walk) event whose upper goal is to raise money for some high-impact charities of Lincoln. The biggest festive fundraiser in Lincoln will start and finish at Castle Hill, while runners of all ages will go through the historic Bailgate area to end up getting their medals, after a 3.5 km (2.2 mi) two-lap course. Children below the age of eight may also participate with a parent or guardian.

Santa Fun Run & Walk

Location: Around the historic Bailgate area

Date: December 12, 2021

Hours: 11am onwards

Website: Santa Fun Run & Walk

7. Advent Wreath Festival

Advent Wreath Festival is held in St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, right in the heart of Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter. Numerous wreaths decorated by local businesses will be exhibited in the church and visitors will have the chance to enjoy them during their visit. The doors will be open also during the Lincoln Christmas Market. Admission is free, although donations for local charities are highly appreciated.

Advent Wreath Festival

Venue: St. Mary Magdalene Church

Website: Advent Wreath Festival

Choose Lincoln for your Christmas adventure

Lincoln Christmas Market
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Jpacarter used under CC BY 3.0

There are not so many places out there where you can get wonderful city vistas while strolling through amazing markets, but Lincoln, thankfully, does have that. It is worth your visit more than you can imagine, so don’t hesitate to make it your next Xmas holiday destination!

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