SOUTHERN Vectis has started its traditional Christmas lights tour, taking in the Isle of Wight's most festively decorated houses.

Running nightly until Monday, December 23, at 6.30pm from either Ryde or Newport bus station, the annual tour offers spectacular views of the Isle of Wight at night and visits some of the Island’s best displays.

“We deck out our bus with tinsel and lights, and play Christmas tunes — all with Santa behind the wheel,” said Southern Vectis general manager Richard Tyldsley.

“Our Christmas lights tour is the perfect festive night out for families, friends, couples, adults and children alike — a truly unique way to enjoy the Island at Christmas.”

The three-hour tour also stops at Rectory Mansion in Brading, for hot drinks and mince pies.

Southern Vectis has once again donated £250 to Terry and Sue Ramplin, who always light up their home at Long Lane, Newport. The money will be spent on new lights and bulbs, while proceeds from the display will go to the Wight Brainy Bunch and John's Club.