Christmas in Tirana starts in Skanderbeg Square, where a huge Christmas tree takes pride of place. Then just follow the lights along boulevard Dëshmorët e Kombit and you will find yourself in the middle of Mother Theresa Square, the second largest in Tirana.
And although Christmas is not the most celebrated holiday of the year – the country’s population is predominantly Muslim – the Rruga Murat Toptani Christmas Market is a must.
It is held along a busy street, where authentic and seasonal food and drink and unique Albanian arts and crafts are all sold. There is a wide choice of food and drinks: mulled wine, hot chocolate, shrimps and baklava. There is also a great ice skating rink.