Lincoln Christmas Market

Friday, 11 December 2015

In between working long shifts, getting ready for our huge Boxing Day sale and university deadlines, I don't get very much time to get festive. I actually just get Christmas Day off and that's my lot. Ah, retail life. But the hardest part of my one-day Christmas is that I get very little time to be with my family.

That's why a family day at the Lincoln Christmas Market is so important. Every year, we all get wrapped up and brave the cold on the hunt for Christmas presents and yummy food!

Lincoln Christmas Market opens on the first weekend of December, from the Thursday-Sunday, one of the biggest and most popular Christmas Markets in the country. We usually go in the evenings, I just love the atmosphere of the market at night, but work rotas this year meant we ended up making the trip on Sunday afternoon. But I loved it just as much in the day!

After a quick coffee and cake stop, we ventured in to the market. Starting in the grounds of the castle, which is just such a pretty setting. The little wooden stalls were adorned with fairy lights and a lot of the staff had dressed in Victorian costumes, which was just adorable!

The market then led us out of the castle and into the Bailgate area of the city and the cathedral, which is all cobbled streets and old-fashioned shops. Although there didn't seem to be as many stalls as previous years, I thought that what was on offer was of a better quality, and I actually managed to tick off a lot of my Christmas list! There was still a little bit of everything though, from jewellery, to speciality cheeses and wines to handmade soaps to decorations.

Little sister & I
After exploring all of the stores and spending a little bit too much money, a Bailey's hot chocolate to warm up was an absolute must!

Year on year, the Lincoln Christmas Market makes me feel so lucky to have grown up in the area. It's one of the highlights of my Christmas and I definitely feel more festive having been! If you ever get the chance to visit, seize it, you won't regret it!

Where's your favourite Christmas Market?

Sian Kathrine xo