Stall Application FAQ

Which area should I put as my first choice?

This really depends on what products you plan to sell during the event or what sort of stall you would like for example; Do you wish to be in a marque, a chalet or to provide your own structure?

For information the following locations typically consist of some chalets-

  • Cathedral West Front
  • Castle Square
  • Castle Grounds
  • Christmas Bazaar and Chalets in the lawn

We also have some areas where we put up a big marquee housing several stallholders these are-

  • Perfect Presents (Castle Square)
  • Christmas Bazaar
  • Westgate Craft Marquee
  • Big Wheel Marquee

For stallholders planning to sell food to eat at the event, we have a food area within the following locations:

  • Castle Grounds
  • Christmas Pantry

To help you decide on your choice of locations, you can download a full list of the provisional Fees and Charges by clicking here and view the Christmas Market Stall Layout map here.

I’ve applied for a discount, how do I prove my eligibility?

Please send documentation to us via email- christmasmarket@lincoln.gov.uk and remember to include your reference number.

For craft discount this would be images of workshops or membership of recognised craft guild.

For local discounts a copy of your council tax bill should be supplied.

Do I need to fill in the Health and Safety form?

All applicants must fill in the health and safety form regardless of if they sell food or drink. Applications without a completed health and safety form will not be considered.

I would like to send a sample of my products, how do I do this?

If you wish to send us samples, please click on the checkbox; when you send your sample please clearly mark it with the unique reference code you will receive upon completion of application form. Please note that samples will not be returned but shall be given to charity. If you do wish for them to be return please make sure you put in a self-addressed envelope and sufficient postage for the item.

Our address is Lincoln Christmas Market Office, City of Lincoln Council, City Hall, Beaumont Fee, Lincoln, LN1 1DF

How do we choose our stalls?

Competition for a site at Lincoln is very high, that’s why we are careful about the stalls we select. We take into account every application we receive using criteria which is reviewed annually.

For details of the criteria used in the allocation process, you can download details of the Christmas Market 2017 selection process by clicking here.

Will I get my first choice?

We get far more stall application than we have stall positions and therefore we are not able to always offer people their first choice within the market. As a result please put in other options for your second and third choice, ect.

Will you still offer me a stall if you are not able to meet my first choice?

If we feel your stall will fit into another location where we have space then we will still offer you a stall. We will also still offer you stall even if it conforms to none of your choices (second, third, forth, ect).

I’ve been a stallholder before at the Lincoln Christmas Market, am I guaranteed the same position?

Please note that the same position cannot be guaranteed and each year you are subject to normal application process so we will assess your application with all the others we receive. This therefore means you are not guaranteed a place at the Lincoln Christmas Market.

What happens if my application is accepted?

If you’re selected, we will send out an official site offer and details of fee payable for your stall as well as information on how you can pay for your stall. We hope to be able to let all applicants know if they have been successful week ending week ending 11th August 2017.

If you are successful the deadline for acceptance and full stall payment will be 12th September 2017.

For a full list of fees and charges, you can download the Christmas Market 2017 fees and charges sheet by clicking here.

Will I be contacted if I’m unsuccesful?

Yes, once we have sent out all the stallholder offer letters we will notify any unsuccessful applicants. If you are unsuccessful you will be placed on waiting list in case a suitable position becomes available.

If I apply after the deadline, will I be offered a stall?

The deadline for applications is Sunday 16th July. If you apply after this deadline, your application will not be assessed in the first round of applications. However you will be added to our waiting list in case of cancellations.