Organisers of Lincoln Christmas Market say they will listen to traders' views when planning this year's event – but have not yet ruled out a return of the criticised one-way system.
Businesses complained that the one-way pedestrian route up Steep Hill and downhill via Drury Lane, which was introduced at the 2012 market, was bad for trade.
John Latham, director of development at the City of Lincoln Council, attended a Bailgate Guild meeting as part of a review of last year's event and also to listen to traders' views.
"It was clear that traders are passionate about the market and its importance to the local economy," he said.
"Although planning for this year's market is in its early stages, these views, together with feedback from other stakeholders, will form part of our planning for this year's event."
He has stressed that no decision has yet been made over whether or not there will be a one-way system in place this December.
Guild chairman Mark Hollingworth acknowledged that the council had to address the overcrowding at the market in 2011.
"But I think in 2013 we need to strike the middle ground in that the look and feel of the market is more pleasant," he said.