We appreciate your patience during the buildup and staging of the event, and are pleased to provide information on the local traffic and access arrangements that will be in place. We also hope that you will join us at the Christmas Market and enjoy the event.

The Christmas Market takes place in uphill Lincoln and access to this area and its boundaries will be restricted throughout the event. In 2018 there will be two different types of access dependent on whether your property is within the inner or outer area. Please click here to view a map showing the inner and outer area.

Residents within the Inner area

All residents within the inner area, received a letter in October detailing the changes to access. These changes mean that within the inner area of the Christmas Market, there will no longer be any vehicle movements during the following times – Thursday 6th December 11:30am to 10:00pm, Friday 7th December & Saturday 8th December 09:30am to 10:00pm

Sunday 9th December 09:30am to 10:00pm

As per the October letter, vehicular access during these times is prohibited in the best interests of public safety, however will be accessible outside of the above times.

Residents within the inner area will be able to use the park and ride located at the Lincolnshire Showground for free. The park and ride operates during the following times; Thursday 6th December 11.30am – 10pm, Friday 7th and Saturday 8th December 9am – 10pm and Sunday 9th December: 9am – 7:30pm. Residents who would like to make use of the service will need to apply for a park and ride pass online by clicking here. Once you have applied online, a pass will be sent to you through the post.

If you have a residents parking permit you will be able to park for free on a first come first served basis in Sewell Road car park on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December.

If you have a residents parking permit for zone 4A then from 6pm Wednesday 5th December to 8am Monday 10th December you will be able to park in any other Residents Parking Zone with your residents parking permit.

Residents within the inner area will be issued with an outer resident’s access pass which will allow them access to the outer area of the Christmas Market.


Residents within the outer area

Every residential household within the market

area will receive an Outer Resident Access Pass. You will need to complete the details of your vehicle and your qualifying residential address in order to validate this pass. When hung from the rear view mirror of your vehicle, and provided it is safe to do so, this will allow access through some of the outer road closures. Please note the pass is an access pass, not a parking permit. It allows access for you to reach legitimate off street parking areas and driveways, or legitimate on-street parking that is not subject to existing or temporary restrictions, such as double yellow lines or ‘no waiting’ cones.

Dedicated stewards will be positioned at road closures to assist those with passes to the outer area. As per previous years, parking in the outer areas is never guaranteed. To keep market traffic out of the area and prevent streets being used by visitors for parking, we have both the Park and Ride and Walk and Ride services in operation, which all visitors and stall holders will be encouraged to use.

Additional Outer Residents Access Passes

If you need additional passes, for second cars with genuine access requirements, they are available to collect in person from early November via the Visitor Information Centre in Castle Hill (Monday-Saturday 10am–5pm , Sundays 10.30am-4pm) or the main reception at City Hall in Beaumont Fee (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am- 4:30pm). Please bring evidence of your qualifying address.

Outer Business Access Passes

The city council are working to minimise the volume of traffic in the uphill area over the market weekend, so business passes will not be routinely distributed to business premises. Businesses affected by traffic restrictions in the market area are however entitled to apply for a numbered Outer Business Access Pass for genuine servicing needs and can do so by clicking here.

Please note that this will only allow you access to the outer area. All business passes will be issued by the Events Team. Businesses within the inner area are advised to schedule deliveries before the road closure times stated further up on this webpage.

Contact Us

If you have any questions please call 01522 873400 or email LCMResident@lincoln.gov.uk

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