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Lyttelton, portal to Canterbury’s historic past, a vibrant sustainable community creating a living future


Information for Stallholders

The Lyttelton Winter Festival of Lights will see London Street lined with stalls selling food, drink and goods as families enjoy the street party on the evening of Friday 8th June.

To book a stall space or to find out more contact Sue-Ellen on 03 328 9243 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Volunteer for this Festival

Festivals in Lyttelton are part of the community building aspect of Project Lyttelton's work. The community is involved in every aspect of the festival from planning and preparation to being on the street for the street party and in some cases performing on stage.

The Lyttelton festivals rely on volunteers to run the events. If you have any time to spare and would like to be involved in this exciting community event, please contact

Sue Ellen Sandilands: Phone 328 9243 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Volunteer hours can also be logged through Project Lyttelton's Time Bank, which means you earn credits to 'spend' on all sort of services in the community from gardening to massage!  Click here for more information about Lyttelton's vibrant Time Bank.


Getting to Lyttelton

Avoid the hassle of parking and relax on a Metro Bus. These run frequently from Christchurch. You can take the number 28 or number 535 from Eastgate

Alternatively you can walk, bike, take the ferry from Diamond Harbour, or car share if you have to drive. Consider arriving early and spending the day in Lyttelton - there will be plenty to keep you entertained. 

Bus timetables and information on fares are on the metro info site.

Reducing Waste

The Street Party is a ZERO WASTE event.

Which means? Sustainability is a key focus for the Festival. We supply bins for recycling only.

Background: Waste is an Issue. Each year 228,000 tonnes of material goes to landfill - 650 kg's per person. We can minimise that by reducing the packaging we buy or use, reusing things where possible (the Super Shed is a great example of this) and recycling items which cannot be reused. Organic waste can be composted and Christchurch City Council can assist this. It sells kitchen composting bins from the Lyttelton offices.

Stallholders: Stallholders need to understand what waste they may generate and reduce the amount of waste in the first instance by minimising packaging etc.
 They should try to use suppliers who will provide returnable or recyclable products and packaging.

For more information about reducing waste, click here.

Please respect these 5 rules:

1. PLEASE USE RECYCLABLE PACKAGING OR BETTER YET BIODEGRADABLE AND/OR COMPOSTABLE eg. Potato plates, wooden cutlery etc - see resource listing below for further information on where to source these products from





For biodegradable/recyclable packaging:

Information about another supplier of biodegradable and compostable packaging

To find out more about Zero Waste,

A festival dedicated to educating us about sustainability

Recipes for cleaners, as well as other delights, that won’t harm our environment – great way to save money too!


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Street Party Transport

Our beautiful port town does not offer many parking options. There will be no parking in Lyttelton after 7pm. Please consider one of the alternative transport options;

Park & Ride

Park at one of the following locations and take the bus provided for a gold coin donation. Buses will run to and from these locations between 5.30pm and 10.00pm.
Eastgate Carpark
Chapmans Road
City Bus:
Extra bus services will run on the 28 and 535 lines to and from Lyttelton.

Returning busses:

The 28 route will run at 10pm, 10:15, 10:30, and 11pm

Reusable cups

Only Globelet reusable cups are being used at the street party for ALL drinks and soup. Globelets are New Zealand-made and are recyclable, reusable, BPA-free. You buy your globelet for $2 when you buy your first drink, then the Globelet is yours to use for the night (you can even rinse it at our rinse station!). At the end of the night you can take it home or return it for a refund.

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Glow Paint not Glow Sticks

Glowsticks are lots of fun, but not so great for our environment. The chemical generally used in them is Dibutyl phthalate, which can cause irritation or nausea.

The outer of glowsticks is made of plastic. The combination of Dibutyl phthalate and plastic is a nightmare! We think they would take 1000+ years to breakdown in landfill. If they don't make it to landfill (which they often don't) they're not something we want polluting our waterways.

So we have come up with something that has less of an impact on our environment: Resene have a paint called "Nightlight" ( Follow the safety instructions for this paint and combine it with the idea in this video ( to make glow-in-the-dark bracelets that your children will want to keep and bring out every night! You could also create glow in the dark wands using sticks if short of time. And there must be many other creative ways to play with this stuff!

Happy glowing!