HOLIDAYS are finally coming to Wigan.
Coca-Cola announced yesterday that its Christmas Truck would be stopping in Wigan for the first time.
For many, the arrival of the iconic truck on our TV screens marks the beginning of the festive season and this year the town will get the chance to see it in the flesh.
In a statement announcing this year’s tour, Coca-Cola said: “The nationwide tour kicks off on November 20, and will be delivering festive cheer up and down the country.
“At each stop, family and friends will have the chance to take pictures with the truck as it lights up, and experience a snowy winter wonderland setting while enjoying a choice of Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero or Coke Life.
“Last year, we made 46 stops between late November and Christmas, and 50,000 official photos were taken with the truck. Not to mention, the website received nearly two million hits.”
The truck will arrive in Wigan on December 6 and be at Asda on Soho Street between 11am and 7pm.
The announcement was welcomed by Wiganers who tweeted their delight.
Chris Williams, @wiganw92, commented: “@CocaCola, thank you for bringing the truck tour to Wigan #holidaysarecoming.”
Michael Ashton,@wickedchef, added: “The famous Coca-Cola Truck is coming to Wigan.”
Becca Alderman, @becca_alderman, tweeted: “@ChristmasTruck can’t wait to see you! Finally coming to Wigan! See you on 6th Dec @CocaCola_GB #holidaysarecoming.
The 46 locations for the tour were announced after the public “unlocked” them on Twitter by getting @CocaCola_GB’s tweet to reach 500 retweets.
And to celebrate 20 years of the advert Coca-Cola has also announced a competition to win a visit from the Christmas truck.
The statement continued: “We’re going one step further this season, and bringing Christmas to the doorstep of one of our lucky fans.
“To mark 20 years of the much-loved ‘Holidays Are Coming’ advert, you can enter our competition to win a visit from the Christmas truck, and a hamper of festive treats worth £5,000.”
Wigan is the one of only six stops in the North West along with Manchester, Liverpool, Chester, Morecambe and Penrith.