A SPECIAL Christmas grotto with a difference will see intergalactic characters land in Colchester this weekend.

The evil Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader, and other famed Star Wars characters, will be appearing at the Galactic Grotto in Culver Square on Saturday.

Despite not usually being keen on generosity, the infamous villain will use the force to grant children's Christmas wishes, between 10am and 4pm.

Time slots and entry tickets to visit the grotto are available from ACE Comics in Colchester, which organises Invasion Colchester each September.

Tickets cost £10, which includes a special Christmas gift, and can be purchased in-store or by calling 01206 561912.

All proceeds will be donated to charity.