Heritage bus tours to Christmas lights

A group of Dunedin residents were treated to a trip on a heritage bus to view the Christmas...
A group of Dunedin residents were treated to a trip on a heritage bus to view the Christmas lights in Halfway Bush on Thursday. PHOTO: LINDA ROBERTSON
The Santa parade may have been cancelled, and Santa has had to work under strict social distancing restrictions this year, but the Otago Museum is keeping the Christmas spirit alive.

Using the Heritage Bus company, the museum organised a special tour of the city’s Christmas lights for the disabled community on Thursday.

Charlie Buchan, marketing co-ordinator at the Otago Museum, said the tour had been one of many festive events organised by the museum this year to mitigate Covid-19 cancellations across the city.

"The museum staff were incredibly impressed with the lights, and it’s extra special this year as so much has been cancelled because of Covid-19," he said.

The idea for the Thursday night tour came from to marketing co-ordinator Rachel McJeff, whose partner had previously worked with IDEA services.

Heather Langford, who works as a support worker at PACT, which provides disability services in Dunedin, accompanied several of her clients on to the bus for the tour on Thursday evening.

Despite there being fewer lights this year due to Covid-19, the bus trip had still been "absolutely amazing," she said.

"The heritage society was so good to us. Everyone had a ball."

Bus trips for the public — complete with festive hot chocolates — will also run in in the evening today and tomorrow, starting at 9pm.

 - courtney.white@odt.co.nz

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