Just for the weekend?
You don't have to go to the trouble of travelling to France, Germany or Belgium for a Christmas shopping experience with a little traditional charm to it.
Since 1986, the remarkably preserved mediaeval town of Dunster in Somerset, has held candlelight evenings to raise money for St Margaret's Hospice.
Dunster by Candlelight takes place every year on the first Friday and Saturday in December – which this year is December 6 and 7.
The village then turns its back on the present and lights its streets with candles, pictured.
To mark the beginning of the 2013 festival on Friday, December 6, there is the Lantern Lighting Procession from 5.30pm, which starts on the Steep and continues through the village until all the lanterns in the streets have been lit. The procession of children and their families is accompanied by colourful stiltwalkers in fantastic costumes who put up the lanterns.
During both evenings there are a variety of street entertainers including carol singers, Morris dancers, hand bell ringers, a large fairground organ and choirs in the parish church.
In Devon, the last Friday in November is when the shops and charities in the market town of Tavistock, West Devon, host a Dickensian Evening.
On that night, shops open late and traders dress in Victorian clothes, while winter delicacies such as roast chestnuts and mulled wine are available.
The traffic stops and crowds throng the street to bring in the run-up to Christmas.
This year's Dickensian Evening will be held on November 29. Late-night shopping, including the popular Pannier Market, will be on Fridays December 13 and 20.