A SWEDISH choir will help bring a taste of Scandinavia to Tynedale this weekend.

Hexham Abbey is hosting a celebration to mark Sankta Lucia, a Swedish festival that celebrates the triumph of light over the winter darkness.

In the ceremony, a maiden wearing a crown of candles on her head, leads a candlelit procession of choirs singing traditional Scandinavian songs.

In a darkened Abbey, the “Luciatåg” – procession of light – will wind its way among the audience, with the only light coming from Lucia and her singers.

There will be a reception after the “Luciatåg” with glögg, which is a type of spiced wine, and traditional cinnamon buns known as kanelbulle.

The singers this year will come from Hexham Abbey Girls’ Choir and the Nordic Voices Choir.

It is the third time the Abbey has celebrated the Swedish festival, which celebrates Saint Lucia, a 3rd century martyr. According to legend, Saint Lucia brought food to Christians hiding from Roman persecution, using a candlelit wreath to light her way.

The first year the festival came to Hexham, around 500 people attended the event. It will take place on Thursday, December 12 at 7pm.