The Lincoln Christmas Market enters its final day today, with thousands of visitors expected to flock to the city.
The market begins at 10am and we'll bring you live pictures, videos and reports from the 31st Christmas Market.
- Fourth and final day of Lincoln Christmas Market.
- Steep Hill businesses say busier than last year.
- Visitor numbers higher than expected on Saturday.
- Winds had caused closure of Lincoln Castle for part of Thursday.
Steve Welsby, spokesperson for the City of Lincoln council, said that numbers using the park and ride system during the Christmas Market were up eight per cent on last year.
Ann Doebereiner, of A Piece of History, which sells traditional archery supplies said the market had been a great success.
"We have been coming here for six or seven years," she said.
"It is hard work but great fun. It is a brilliant market.
"Every year we seem to say we won't be coming back because of the work but as soon as the forms arrive we sign up again.
"We will be coming back."
David Steele, of Hawks of Steele falconry displays, was impressed with his first experience of the Christmas Market.
"It has been absolutely brilliant," he said.
"This is the first time we have done the market in Lincoln and we will definitely be coming back.
"We have had great support from the public, the kids love the animals."
John Latham, director of development and environment services at the City of Lincoln Council, said Saturday was very busy.
"I think Thursday and Friday were down a little, maybe because of the weather," he said.
"Today is looking very busy.
"The park and ride numbers are high and we have about 130 coaches operating."
Stephen Harper, of Winbridge Craft, said this year's market was as good as ever.
"We have been coming for the last five years," he said.
"Everything has gone well so far. It was really good last year and is just as good this year.
"Everything was here on time to set up which is more than can be said for other markets.
"The weather hasn't caused us too many problems. It was cancelled a few years back so we are just glad to be trading."
Business on Steep Hill say trade is busier than last year's Christmas Market. Matt Felgate, owner of Bunty's Tearoom said: "We have coped well, even with yesterday's powercut. We lit candles and the waitresses and customers sang Christmas carols. There has been a really great atmosphere and it has been a lot busier than last year."
Mark Willcox – Monk – from the Lincoln Minster Round Table. Their stall sells local mince pies, mulled wine & cider and ale.
“It’s fairly slow at the minute actually; it’s about on a par with last year. I think this is the calm before the storm. I’m confident that we’ve got the right products and the right place so we are looking forward to giving a good show.
We’ve got great locally produced mulled wine, cider, and minced pies, and merry monk ale which is brewed on the premises down in the dungeon. So it’s all local produce. Poachers brewery do the ale, Curtis makes our mince pies to our special Monk recipe.
“Yesterday we nearly lost our stall in the wind, we spent the whole afternoon just keeping it pinned down, one of us was hanging from the ceiling at one point.”
Teri Schino from Woodworms stall – Makes handmade signs for children’s door and measuring sticks for children with animals on.
“I’ve been coming to the market for six years. It’s a good place to come, but I do feel that the rents are extremely high, and the organisation of the event could do with a bit of tweaking.
"The communication between the council and stall holders should be a bit better. I think the quality of the stalls generally needs lifting as there is a lot of tat, I think there should be more homemade products and less cheap stuff shipped in from China.
"The council should offer a better package for genuine craftsmen, and I’m very disappointed that the organ's not here this year. It helped create a real fun festive atmosphere in the past.”
Jan de Koning – Big wheel owner
“The wheel can stay open in winds up to 45 mph, but obviously yesterday wind speeds were faster. Trade's been brisk this morning and surprisingly last night it was also all right.”
Feucht Frohliche Neustadter – Sell waffles, bratwursts and mulled wine
“We’re from Lincoln’s twin town Feucht Frohliche Neustadter in Germany. We’ve been coming for 32 years, which is 31 Christmas markets because of the one cancelled a few years ago. It’s quiet now, but we hope for more people in the evening.”
Roger Shepley from Woolyknit.com
Lindsey Aldridge – from Rotherham, - comes to the market every year with six colleagues from the same ward of Rotherham General Hospital
"We come every year, luckily we didn't come yesterday because of the bad weather but today, it is lovely and very festive as usual. I’ve come on the bus with six friends, we come every year and we all work together on the same ward at Rotherham General Hospital. We’ve all worn our Christmas jumpers for it.”
Stephen Kennedy, ride operator with Jan De Koning Fun Fair, said: The Big Wheel isn't operational at the moment because we cannot run it when winds are over 45 miles per hour."
Mr Kennedy added: "We did have it running earlier this morning for a test run and safety check - everything was fine, but we cannot operate it in such strong winds."
Darren Merritt, from Lincoln, who was helping out at the Medieval Market
Richard Baxter, owner of Goodies of Lincoln, said: “Lincoln is a special place and at Christmas time it is even more special.
“I am chairman of the Bottom of the Hill group and we are all hoping that we can make some money this year from the market to get us through January.
“Getting rid of the one way system in Steep Hill and the Strait will help us.
“I have a log cabin inside the castle but it has been postponed due to the weather.
“A couple of years ago it was the snow and now it is the wind, it’s one of those things.”
Emma Platton was at the market with her busienss, Sweet Cabin .
She spoke to Echo reporter Paul Whitelam.
Sheena Douglass was visiting the Lincoln Christmas Market.
There was plenty of fun to be had on the opening day of Lincoln Christmas Market
Greg Bresland, from Roly’s Fudge Pantry, said: “It is going really well but our stall did blow away this morning, so that was a minor disaster but it is resurrected now.
“Our aim is to sell everything we have made, we have been cooking fudge now for over a month for the market."
The wind blew over items at the Topferei Thomas Thunig ornament stall
Joff Gainey, who runs the Bookstop Café said: “We could do without the wind but looking forward to lots of visitors who learn to love Lincoln and come back.”
Market visitors may have to battle the predicted high winds.
To find out more about the market, read our Christmas Market guide
And for other updates, the traditional Christmas Market elf - Jingle - will be updating its Twitter account