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Fire Festival Events

Shetland's annual fire festivals, also known as Up Helly Aas, take place between January and March. If you're thinking of attending the festivities, here are some useful dates for your diary…

Up Helly Aa celebration dates

Please note that due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic some 2021 Fire Festival events have already been cancelled, including Lerwick Up Helly Aa. Other events have yet to be confirmed.

EventDateLight up
Scalloway Fire FestivalJanuary 2022 (date TBC)
Lerwick Up Helly AaJanuary 2022 (date TBC)7.30pm
Lerwick Junior Up Helly AaJanuary 2022 (date TBC)
Nesting and Girlsta Up Helly AaFebruary 2022 (date TBC)7.30pm
Uyeasound Up Helly AaFebruary 2022 (date TBC)
Northmavine Up Helly AaDate TBC8pm
Norwick Up Helly AaFebruary 2022 (date TBC)7.30pm
Cullivoe Up Helly AaFebruary 2022 (date TBC)7pm
Bressay Up Helly AaFebruary 2022 (date TBC)8pm
Walls Junior Up Helly AaDate TBC7.30pm
South Mainland Up Helly Aa12th March 2021
Delting Up Helly AaMarch 2022 (date TBC)

There are often lots of live music sessions, Sunday teas and other events held around Shetland's fire festivals. You can find out what's on during your visit at What's On Shetland, The Shetland Times or at VisitScotland's Lerwick iCentre.

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