What better place to give yourself a pre-Christmas boost than in the grounds of a royal palace in Stockholm?
On the island of Lovön in Lake Mälaren, you’ll find the UNESCO-listed palace of Drottningholm, an architectural jewel dating back to the late 16th century, and in use as an official residence of the Swedish royal family since 1981.
If you’re in luck, the palace grounds could be covered with a sprinkling of snow when the annual Christmas market takes place – traditionally on the second weekend of advent.
Here, you can browse a number of stalls selling crafts and tasty treats, such as blacksmiths, candlemakers, textile producers, straw weavers and artisan food producers.
It is a great opportunity to fill your bags with local cheeses and fresh bread, fish and meat. All this while warming your hands warm on a big mug of mulled wine and chatting with the producers themselves.
You can reach Drottningholm by metro and bus from central Stockholm, and the palace will of course be open for visits and guided tours.