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longlanechristmaslights2014_006400People across the Isle of Wight can once again enjoy Southern Vectis’ Christmas Lights Tour, which takes passengers on open top bus to see the Island’s very best illuminations.

The annual unique tour allows Islanders to see all the best Christmas lights, including Long Lane (pictured).

Southern Vectis General Manager, Matt Kitchin, said:

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“We believe we’re the only Christmas lights tour by bus in the UK – and we’re now in our 14th year.

“This year, we’re offering a very special stop on Wednesday 17th December. The bus will go to Osborne House for a Victorian Christmas Tour – which includes a 45 minute  walk around the house, a hot drink and mince pie.

“Lots of people return year after year – and they say it’s the traditional start of Christmas celebrations for them. Our drivers love the fact that people look forward to taking the trip. It’s a wonderful way to start the season.”

The Christmas Lights Tour operates from Newport Bus Station on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday – and from Ryde Bus Station on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, up until and including Wednesday 24th December.

The tour lasts for around two and a half hours and will stop at Shanklin to serve complimentary mince pies and a hot drink. The stop also gives passengers the opportunity to browse the Christmas shop in the Old Village.

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Matt continued:

“On Sunday 14th December, we’re delighted to welcome Rick Jackson – Wave 105 DJ and bus enthusiast – who be our tour driver. All proceeds for that evening will be donated to Cash for Kids.”

Tickets cost £12 per adult and £6 per child (under 19). A family ticket (2 + 2) is £30. The Osborne House night costs £18 Adult and £10 per child.

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