Carol services and nativity plays may be out this year, but across Shetland our churches are bringing joy to their communities this Christmas – all within covid guidelines. Many churches are putting on displays of art and light around their churches.

Dunrossness (with the help of their Primary School) have created roadside artwork that changes from week to week. The windows of Lerwick St Columba’s are lit up with Christmas lights, as is St John’s Church on Unst.

Gulberwick Church has filled their windows with amazing cut-out nativity scenes by local artist Fiona Christie. Visitors can walk around this nighttime art gallery from 3-9pm each day, and children can also pick up a craft activity pack there.

The Primary School at Sandwick has created window displays in Sandwick Church for the community to enjoy, while the church at Cullivoe has erected a Christmas Tree outside.

Bridge End Church on Burra Isle has gone all out to create a Winter Wonderland in their garden. Visitors can enjoy the tree and the Christmas Creels, as the whole garden is illuminated. There’s also a stable, and picnic benches for families to enjoy some time together. The Kirk on Burra has also been running a local gift give-away scheme, to spread acts of kindness around the community.

Scalloway Church have knitted angels for all residents and staff at the Walter and Joan Gray Home. Production has been so good that they have been giving these out around the community as well. The Lerwick congregation have been putting Christmas angels or stars into every foodbank parcel, Ollaberry Church has given sweets to all the Northmavine Primary Schools, and Whalsay Guild has given out a calendar to the island’s older folks.

There’s a lot going on online as well, with videos of children from around Shetland telling the Nativity story in their own way, and livestreamed Watchnight Services from Lerwick and from Aith.

We look forward to more photos of Shetlanders enjoying Christmas this year!

For more details, keep an eye on the Shetland Church of Scotland facebook page at or their blog at