With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to start getting in the festive spirit. And what better way to do that than by visiting a local Christmas market? To help you out, we’ve put together a list of 4 must-see markets packed with family-friendly fun and unique Christmas experiences.

#1 Stratford-upon-Avon Victorian Christmas Market

Step back in time with the Stratford-upon-Avon Victorian Christmas Market.

From 8th – 11th December, you can immerse yourself in history with live performances, a traditional funfair and costumed attendees. Plus, there are over 300 stalls selling unique Christmas gifts, street food and festive tipples! 

Located just over 10 minutes from our Beyond Stratford site, you can enjoy all the festivities before safely stowing away your Christmas gifts in your unit ready for the big day. 

But hurry – this themed festive market is only on for 4 days! 

#2 Winter Glow, Malvern

From 25th November until 2nd January, you can get in the spirit with the family-friendly Winter Glow Christmas market. Complete with an ice rink, illumination trail, giant Ferris wheel, Santa’s grotto and a variety of festive stalls, this Christmas fayre is the perfect destination for fun-loving families, couples and friends. 

family ice skating Christmas time

You’ll need to purchase a ticket for the experiences, but entry to the Christmas market, food quarter and parking is free! With offers for families, groups and advance bookings, check out the prices online before your visit to see if you can grab a discount!

Held at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern, Worcestershire, Ross-on-Wye and Hereford self-storage customers can reach this magical festive experience in around 30 minutes. If you’re willing to travel a little further for this Christmas extravaganza, Stratford-upon-Avon storers can reach the site in an hour – well worth it if you ask us! 

#3 Christmas Cracker, Leicester 

A larger-than-life Christmas tree, a giant wheel of light, outdoor film nights and ice skating?! Leicester’s Christmas Cracker festive experience promises to put the joy in Christmas. Located in the heart of Leicester, the Christmas experience is easily accessible via train, car, bus or walking – there’s even a park and ride! 

Christmas shopping market

Beyond Leicester customers can reach this festive site in just under 20 minutes if travelling by car. Ashby-de-la-Zouch storers are looking at about half an hour, but with lots of shops, restaurants and festive activities on offer, it’s worth the trip. 

#4 ​​Christmas at Pembrey 

Carmarthen residents can light up their Christmas spirit with an impressive after-dark Christmas light trail at Pembrey Country Park. Whilst not strictly a Christmas market, we think this show-stopping experience deserves a place on the most wonderful list of the year. 

From 9th – 22nd December, Pembrey Country Park will be illuminated by colourful lights and festive sculptures – and it’s free! If you want to get hearts racing, you can head to the ski slopes or toboggan trail and experience the festive lights from new heights (and speeds!). 

The experience is just under half an hour from our Carmarthen site, so if you’re visiting your unit this December, add this event to your calendar!

Christmas light trail

Christmas markets are a fantastic place to pick up unique Christmas gifts that support small businesses. If you’re visiting early and want to keep your purchases hidden from prying eyes, our smaller 5ft units at Ross-on-Wye and Stratford-upon-Avon should do just the trick to keep your gifts safe and sound!