What should I do tonight?
It's a cracking weekend to go out in Christchurch with the Lyttelton Festival of Lights starting tonight, a roller derby tomorrow and lots of live gigs.
LYTTELTON FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
The Lyttelton Festival of Lights Street Party is on tonight on London St. The wearable arts parade starts at 6pm with fireworks blasting off at 7.30pm followed by music from Lyttelton favourites The Eastern, Lindon Puffin, Devilish Mary and the Holy Rollers, Runaround Sue and Mundi performing in the old Harbourlight space after 7.30pm.
On Saturday browse the mid-winter Christmas market from 10am to 1pm, head to the quiz at the Lyttelton Club from 7pm or see the Kiwi movie classic Goodbye Pork Pie at 6 London St.
On Sunday Helen Taylor's solo exhibition opens from 3pm to 5pm at the award-winning Roots Restaurant. See lyttelton.net.nz.
There are lots of interesting gigs on in Christchurch this week so you have no excuse to sit at home feeling bored. Check out Sweaterbeats at Dux Live tonight, and Adam McGrath and Aaron Tokona at the Cassells Brewery birthday bash on Saturday.
SOLSTICE NIGHT BIKE RIDE
The Winter Solstice Night Light Bike Ride is on Saturday, starting at 5.30pm at the Mickle gates, Hagley Park North. Celebrate the longest night of the year by cycling the third annual night lights bike ride around North Hagley Park after sunset. Ride takes less than 30 minutes and is a fun and slightly adventurous ride for all ages. Bring your lights.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles tour of New Zealand, the Fabulous Beatle Boys are at the Christchurch Casino on Tuesday from 8pm. Two ticket holders will win a 15 days and nights 'Beatles Experience Tour' to Britain and Germany, hosted by Beatles historian Glenn A Baker, which includes visits to many of the iconic Beatles' landmarks such as Abbey Road, Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields and a trip to Liverpool for International Beatles' Week. Tickets $79.90-$89.90 from 0800 Ticketek.
Grease - A Roller Derby Bout is on Saturday from 6pm at the Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre. Come and see the Pink Ladies take on the Tbirds in an action-packed, full-contact game of roller derby. This is a charity bout in support of non-profit organisation Youthtown. Tickets from Cosmic. Come dressed as your favourite Grease character, prize for the best dressed. Doors open 6pm, first whistle 7pm. No stilettos.
Comedian Gish is at the Mashina Lounge, Christchurch Casino on Sunday from 8pm as part of his Stink Bro Tour. R20, tickets $25 from 0800 BUY TIX (289 849). Door sales $30.
KNIT IN PUBLIC
Dropping your stitches in public is nothing to be afraid of. In Stitches knitting group meets weekly on Tuesday nights at Coffee Culture, Beckenham. The Worldwide Knit in Public Day is on Saturday from 1pm to 4pm at the Air Force Museum in Wigram. Free. Activities, demonstrations and competitions for knitters and crocheters of all ages and abilities.
WIN WIN WIN
We have five double passes to give away to see the movie Transformers: Age of Extinction which opens in cinemas on Thursday. One lucky winner will also win a Transformers toy.
To enter the draw, email email@example.com with "More than meets the eye" in the subject line, and include your contact details in the body of the email, before 5pm on Sunday. Winners will be notified.