Lincoln Christmas Market

Lincoln Christmas Market

Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th December 2021
Castle Hill, Lincoln LN2 1PZ

Strike Action

Be aware a significantly reduced timetable will be in place across the East Midlands Railway network on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th December. EMR urges customers to make alternative travel arrangements to visit Lincoln Christmas Market.

Although the RMT have now suspended their strike action, the extremely short notice provided means EMR will still be operating a reduced timetable.

The strike was timed to coincide with Lincoln Christmas Market as well as a number of major football matches.

As such, EMR Regional, EMR Intercity and EMR Connect services will all be significantly reduced.

We have done everything we can to prioritise services to and from Lincoln. However, it is clear this level of service will not be sufficient to provide adequate capacity for the thousands of customers expected to travel to Lincoln over the weekend and therefore we're urging visitors to use alternative methods and not travel with East Midlands Railway. This is particularly acute for services between Nottingham and Lincoln.

Please click here to check the final services of the day for Friday and Saturday


A near-normal service will be in place with some limited strengthening, including the use of some Intercity style trains.

Rail Replacement Coaches will run in place of the handful of services which will not run.

Friday 3rd December Timetable

Saturday 4th December Timetable

We will not run trains on this route on Friday 3rd or Saturday 4th December. Replacement Coaches will run in place of trains.

Friday 3rd December Timetable

Saturday 4th December Timetable

You will also be able to use your ticket on Northern services between Lincoln and Doncaster (via Sheffield) and LNER services between Peterborough and Lincoln and between Retford and Doncaster.

There will be a handful of alterations throughout the day. Replacement Coaches will run in place of cancelled services.

Friday 3rd December Timetable

Saturday 4th December Timetable

How to get there

Lincoln Railway Station is a short 15-20 minute walk from the Christmas Market site on Castle Hill. Directions can be found here.

We are providing a significant amount of additional seating capacity on most routes to and from Lincoln throughout the event.

Queuing system

A queuing system will be in place at Lincoln station due to the high number of passengers expected to travel across the weekend. We recommend arriving at the station 30 minutes before your train is due to depart. You will be asked to wait at the station front until your train is ready for boarding, and a member of the station team will guide you to your platform.

Travel with Confidence

Since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, the safety of our customers and our colleagues has been our biggest priority. Now that legal social distancing restrictions have been lifted it's only natural to feel uneasy, especially when travelling close to others. Rest assured we’re continuing to do everything we can to make your journey as safe as possible and help you to travel with confidence.

You can play your part by following these simple rules and advice:

1) Please don’t travel if you have any Coronavirus symptoms or are generally feeling unwell.

2) Plan your journey if possible. You can check for quieter trains by using our Seat Finder Tool.

3) In crowded spaces, wear a face covering out of respect to others.

For more information about what we are doing to help you travel with confidence see our COVID-19 page here.


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