With Christmas, and the end of term here at university, fast approaching, now would be a good time to think about what festive events will be held in the runup to the day, both on campus and off.
Lincoln Christmas Market
Perhaps the most popular upcoming event is the Lincoln Christmas market, which will be taking place from Thursday, December 1st, to Sunday, December 4th, in the Cathedral Quarter. Here you can visit one of the many independent stalls set up around the castle, with stores stretching along The Lawn, onto the castle grounds and into the castle courtyard. The wares of these stalls can range from homemade decorations and knick-knacks to sweet treats and artisan foods. If you find yourself daunted by the number of stalls, there is always the Ferris wheel for you to ride which gives a beautiful view at the top.
This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the Christmas market, and as such, there will be a special opening ceremony held at midday on Thursday, December 1st, with festivities beginning around six o’clock in the evening.
Lincoln Illumination Wall Walk
Also taking place over the same weekend as the Christmas Market is the Illuminated Castle Wall Walk. Visitors will be able to experience the castle wall walk in a new way: late in the evening with the wall liberally lit. The wall walk offers a brilliant atmosphere you won’t experience throughout the preceding months and will be sure to put you in a festive mood.
The wall walks will take place between 17:00-21:00 from Thursday to Saturday and from 17:00-18:30 on Sunday evening.
Cinderella at the New Theatre Royal
If all the legwork of the previous suggestions does not sound appealing to you, perhaps a night at the theatre sounds a little more inviting. From Tuesday, December 6th to Sunday, January 8th, the long-awaited pantomime of Cinderella will be showing at the New Theatre Royal. The performance stars British icons like Jake Quickenden (6th-24th December), Strictly Come Dancing’s Ian Wright (26th December-8th January) and pop star Kerry Katona – the biggest cast for the pantomime to date.
The performance times vary with most days having performances at 11 o’clock, 3 o’clock and 7 o’clock. Tickets for adults start at £26.
Many students will be eagerly awaiting the Christmas-themed Quack, the university’s largest student club night that takes place every Wednesday night at the Engine Shed. While a date has not been cemented for Christmas Quack, it is safe to assume that it will occur close to the end of term – most likely in the final week.
Students can expect modern chart hits, classic songs and much-loved Christmas music as well as unique, personalized ducks that will be thrown into the crowd, giving you an opportunity to catch one and take one home for yourself.
I hope these ideas have given you a taste of what to expect in Lincoln in the build-up to Christmas and have given you some ideas on what you can do in your spare time.