THE Vikings are taking over this Christmas.

As part of the Hexham Viking Invasion this winter, a production entitled A Viking Christmas, will come to the town’s Queen’s Hall.

Funded through Northumberland Cultural Fund, the invasion to celebrate the town’s Viking heritage also saw street performances take place throughout Hexham last month.

A Viking Christmas is a new show with live music, magic, action and laughter, set in the north of England, produced by specifically Queen’s Hall Arts and written by North-East playwright Gary Kitching.

The story follows a brave little girl called Lotte on on a midwinter adventure, travelling through the ice-covered kingdom of perilous, mystical places and mysterious beings, to the land of high castles and dark places, to the home of the Red Caps and the scary All-Father.

Simon Haworth, the marketing manager at Queen’s Hall, said: “It is a magical, mythical tale from the frozen land of the Nordic Kings, evil wizards and the Great Warriors of the Kingdom of Northumbria.

“Weaving tales of the north, newly told, discover a new Viking twist on the Christmas story this December.”

The production will start with a premiere event on Friday, December 13 at 7pm.

Further productions will follow on December 14 (2.30pm and 7pm), December 15 (2.30pm), December 17 (10am and 1pm), December 18 (10am and 1pm), December 20 (7pm), December 21 (2.30pm and 7pm), December 22 (2.30pm and 7pm), December 23 (2.30pm) December 24 (2.30pm), December 26 (4pm), December 27 (2.30pm and 7pm) and December 28 (2.30pm and 7pm).