The decision has been made to replace the annual Christmas Market with year-round events and activities under proposals by the city council.
Lincoln brought the first traditional German Christmas market to the UK as part of its friendship and twinning with the town of Neustadt in Germany.
From its beginning in 1982 with just 11 stalls in Castle Square, the market grew to take over most of the cultural quarter of the city, with well over 200 stalls and 2022 saw a footfall of over 300,000 visitors.
This growth has boosted spending within local businesses during the festive season, however it has also caused plenty of complaints about overcrowding, park-and-ride delays and disruption to those living and working in the city.
The City of Lincoln Council says it hopes to evolve the event into a longer cultural programme as a result of feedback from residents and visitors.
Lincoln BIG commented: “Lincoln Christmas Market has continuously brought in a significant number of visitors to the city, locally and afar which gives a huge boost not just to the stall holders, but also to our retail, accommodation, and hospitality sectors.
Many of our city-centre businesses saw increased profits over the Christmas market weekend but some also chose to close over the weekend.
It is clear large events bring footfall into the city, helping increase spending within local stores and businesses. However, as the city continues to host these experiences for both locals and visitors alike, on a more regular basis throughout the year, we anticipate this will help increase local spending and footfall more often.
The Christmas Market played a crucial role in boosting our members in the retail and hospitality sector after such a tough time, but going forward, we look forward to working with our members and the City Council to see how Christmas in Lincoln will be developed as well as the wider events calendar, throughout the whole Christmas period and beyond.
Recently we have seen other cities cancel their Christmas Markets, including Leeds, Glasgow and Southampton due to lack of funds and safety of visitors, so Lincoln isn’t alone.”