Saturday, December 09, 2006

Lincoln Christmas Market

Had a day trip to Lincoln yesterday (Friday) to visit the town and famous Christmas market. The blurb said there were 300 stalls, mince pies, mulled wine and lots of Christmas cheer. Lovely weather - not a rain cloud in site, but somehow taking this photo of the cathedral with a Christmas decoration looked strange in blazing sunshine! We're all trying really hard to get that Christmassy feeling but with temperatures still in double figures it's quite hard. Yesterday's festivies did help - lots of seasonal songs being played and carols being sung in the Cathedral (which was absolutely delightful).

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The market was sprawling and exciting. K loved a stall with lots of bonsai trees and the huge gong which we were able to try out! B loved all the fair ground rides which we went on after dark. We had lunch (pie and mushy peas £2) in a warm tent where people were selling warm mulled wine, mince pies, coffee with shots of baileys and marshmallows/fruit on skewers dipped in melted chocolate from one of those chocolate fountains that are all the rage this year. Scrummy, yummy! Throughout the cobbled old town there were numerous trinket shops and other small craft fairs. We shopped 'til we dropped but only managed to tick two presents off my ever-growing list! There was also an outdoor ice skating rink which we'd planned to visit, but we arrived a little too late, they were closing for maintenance! Disappointed kiddies, but we hit the fun fair rides instead!

We also saw:-

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The children took their visiting Flat Travellers too, here's one "watching" the forge!
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B took this photo - a tropical garden hidden at the back of a craft shop!
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The town came to life after dark with pretty lights and snowflake patterns
on buildings and people dressed up as Jack Frost walking around on stilts.

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