The annual Lincoln Christmas Market opened its doors on Thursday, December 6th.

The market, which has entered its 29th year, features over 250 stalls and attractions for people of all ages in the medieval Lincoln Castle square and the surrounding area.

With over 250,000 visitors expected to attend from all over the world, a one-way system is in place to prevent congestion, though this hasn’t pleased everyone. Roy Ellis, who owns Timepiece Repairs on Steep Hill, said that business has been “quieter than he expected” because of the system

He added: “From this bit of the hill, it doesn’t look as if it’s very good because people from the coaches will find it rather difficult to get to the shop.”

Barbara Farrow, owner of Stamford Cupcake Company, is running a stall at the Lincoln Christmas Market for the first time. “It’s been going really well so far.”

She continued: “Over the weekend, we’re hoping to sell mega loads of cupcakes and have a very good Christmas of it.”

Chris Marshall of C H Marshall Paintings returned to the Lincoln Christmas Market after an “exceptional show” in 2011. “It’s a busy time of year for us so we just hope the weather stays good. I’m looking forward to seeing loads of people and hope they’re having a really good time.”

A Park and Ride service is in operation for those attending the Lincoln Christmas Market by car. Further details are available on the Lincoln Christmas Market website.

The Lincoln Christmas Market is open from 10am to 9.30pm on Friday, December 7th and Saturday, December 8th and open from 10am to 7pm on Sunday, December 9th.