6. Up Helly Aa Fire Festival
When: January; annually
All of the yuletide cheer and jolly every year isn't for everyone. Put an end to the yuletide season in style at the Up Helly Aa Fire Festival in Scotland. The festival is a full day of events for the Jarl Squad, known to you as Vikings. It starts with a morning procession and some culturally significant events scattered in the middle, then ends with about a thousand men dressed as Vikings firing torches and throwing the flaming sticks in a boat. Blaze of glory.