SATURDAYChristmas Lights Spectacular5.30pm to 10pm, Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin. Daily until January 26 (closed December 25).Live entertainment, Santa’s workshop display, rides and more.
Carols at Swansea5pm, Chapman Oval. The Michael Wilks Band, JD’s World of Magic and a visit from Santa Claus himself. There will live music, food and market stalls, rides, carol singing and a fireworks display about9pm. Bring a picnic rug and camping chairs.
Free Community Christmas Dinner6pm to 8pm, St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 12 Laman Street, Newcastle. Roast dinner, plum pudding, carols, bible stories, Christmas gifts for the children.Bookings essential: phone/text 0422 303 545.
The Virtual Pub Toy RunThe group’s inaugural toy run will visit several locations during the day to collect toys for the John Hunter Children’s Hospital. Donations welcome.Collection points: 9.30amJunction Inn; 11am Stag and Hunter; 12.30pmThe Brewery; 2pm Hotel Jesmond; 3.30pmThe George Tavern; 4.45pm The Bradford Hotel; 6pm Royal Federal; 7.30pm Imperial Hotel.
Christmas in Snowland Saturday and Sunday, Maitland Riverside Plaza.
Street Feast4pm to 8pm, Market Street Lawn, Newcastle.
The Briar Ridge Wine GardenSaturday and Sunday,10am to 5pm,Mount View. Wine and cheese picnic packs start from $38 (packs cater for two to four people). Phone 4990 3670.
Glenrock & Dudley Clean Up Day Meet Royal Crown Hotel staff at Dudley beach carpark at 8am. Gloves and bags supplied.
SUNDAY#igotu bullying Event Day11am to 2pm, Maitland Park. Everyone is invited to help children who have been bullied, emotionally belittled and excludedfeel the warmth, support and encouragement they need to heal and face up to the bullies in a healthy and emotionally safe way. Live music and activities.
Carols By The Lake 6pm, Croudace Bay Park, Eleebana.Market and food stalls, a sideshow alley and children’s entertainment.The carols band will be on-stage from 7.30pm.
Christmas Carols in Lambton Park Rides, amusements and food trucks from 5pm, carols from 7pm on the main stage and a fireworks finale at 9pm.
1stSwansea Scouts 90th Birthday Party 11am to 3pm,1st Swansea Scouts Hall,42 The Esplanade,Swansea.All welcome.
Hyundai A-League Newcastle Jets vs Perth Glory at McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow. Gates open 4pm, kick-off 5pm.
Blues Bash and Christmas Banquet Noon to 3pm, Merewether Surf Lifesaving Club. A retro Christmas banquet complemented by wine from Inner City Wine Makers and live music performances. Book at eventbrite苏州上门按摩.au.
Christmas in the CityGet your photo taken with Santa’s Sleigh at Nobby’s Lighthouse, 10am to 1pm.
Traditional Christmas Carols 5pm, St Paul’s Stockton. BBQ on the lawn followed by carols at 6pm in the church.
Family Funday11am onwards, Sydney Junction Hotel. Children’s activities, a jumping castle and face painting, Santa photos plus$10 kids meals. Bookings essentialby phoning 4961 2537.
Lake Macquarie Christmas Market 3pm to 8pm, PCYC Lake Macquarie, Windale.Live music, street food and market stalls.
SAVE THE DATENewcastle Permanent’s Cinema Under The Stars returns in 2019 for its 12th season: January 11,Tomaree Sports Complex, Nelson Bay (Paddington 2); January 12, King Edward Park, Newcastle (The Greatest Showman); January 18, Maitland Park, Maitland (The Greatest Showman); February 16, Speers Point Park, Speers Point (Paddington 2).
MARKETSWarners Bay Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, The Esplanade, Warners Bay.
The Olive Tree Christmas Market Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Civic Park, Newcastle.
Handmade In The Hunter Christmas Party MarketsSaturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, Halls Road, Pokolbin.
Newcastle Flower MarketsSaturday, 8am to 1pm, 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate.
Hunter Wine Country MarketsSaturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.
Newcastle City Farmers MarketsSunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.
Adamstown Lions MarketsSunday, 7am to 1pm, corner of Brunker and Glebe Roads, Adamstown.
Toronto Lions MarketsSunday, 7.30am to 1pm, Toronto Lions Park (next to the Fennell Bay Bridge).
Respect All Markets @ Cooranbong Sunday, 9am to 2pm, Cooranbong.
Kotara Genuine Farmers Market Sunday, 8am to noon, Kotara South Public School.
Christmas Market Day Sunday, 8am to 2pm, Maitland Showgrounds.
ARTSThe Lock UpArgo Pacifico, byJen Denzin andOliver Harlan, until January 27.
Finite Gallery, Caves BeachMini collectable art, until December 23.
Cooks Hill GalleriesThe Golden Mile, by Rod Bathgate, until December 17.
Brough House MaitlandWaiting For Rain, by Karen Carrejo, Sue Cone, Sinead Darby, Helen Fenner, Sharron Reid, Billie Mosman, Alexandra Renni, ends Sunday.
Muswellbrook Regional Arts Gallery The Art of Creation; Watters To Watters “End of an Era”.
Cessnock Regional Art GalleryCessnock Includes You –Diversity, until December 30.
The Fireshed Gallery, Wollombi Cultural Centre Raymond L. Smith, until December 23.
Maitland Regional Art GalleryTextures of Desire, by Rosemary Valadon; Finding Country; American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life & Times,until February 17. Tim Maguire: A Survey of Prints and Video 2003-2018, until January 27. Staging Love, by Jumaadi, until March 24.
Newcastle Art GalleryThe Erskine Pledge: a gift to Newcastle, until January 28.Olsen Ormandy: A Creative Force, until February 17. Also, Art Cart on Saturday and Sunday, 10.30am to 12.30pm: Free art-making activity for children of all ages.
Lake Macquarie City Art GalleryOBSESSED: Compelled to Make,by the n Design Centre.Headquarters, by The Creator Incubator, HQ, Pinkerton, Red Shed and the Soap Factory.Newcastle School: Making It!, until February 3. Also, Art Craft on Sunday, 10.30am to noon.
Art Systems Wickham2018 Christmas Exhibition, until December 23.
Timeless TextilesEchoes – Organic Forms in Felt, by Pam Hovel, until December 22.
The Junction FairMitch Revs, until December 18.
Lovett GalleryHome Dignity Justice, until January 25.
Wallsend LibraryNikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition, until January 28.
THEATRECavalcade of DanceShowcasing 260 performers aged from threeto adult, the dance studentswill present popular numbers across all genres from cheerleading to classical ballet.Celebrating the 45th year of productions by the Susan Shiner Dance Academy. Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Saturday 1.30pm (final show).
Chicago: A Musical VaudevilleThe illustrious icon of Broadway and the age of jazz isrevived by Hunter Drama. Two ambitious songstresses employ their talent and whateverelse they can to get where and what they want. Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Saturday 2pm and 7.30pm, Sunday 2pm (final shows).
Let’s DanceAn annual showcase of Hunter dance students from the Attitude Dance Centre,East Maitland. Routines will be performed across all the genres of dance and musicaltheatre. Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Sunday 3pm (final show).
Hunter Drama presents Chicago: A Musical Vaudeville A sharp-edged satire featuring a dazzling score.Hunter Drama, Level 1/ 64-74 Brunker Road, Broadmeadow. Saturday at 2pm and 7.30pm, Sunday at 5.30pm.
HVT Celebrates 20 years –relive the best! HVT Studio of Performing Arts. Griffith Duncan Theatre, Newcastle. Sunday at 11am.
MUSIC5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Alessandro.Sunday,Marissa +1.
Anna Bay TavernSaturday, The Bad and The Ugly.Sunday, Lachlan Edwards.
Argenton Hotel Saturday, The DuoTones.Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth Duo.
Hotel CessnockSaturday, Spank N The Monkey.
Avon Valley InnSaturday, Full Throttle.
Bar PetiteSaturday, Gerda +1. Sunday, Dew Cats.
Battlesticks BarSaturday, Madelyn.Sunday, DeanKyrwood.
Bay Hotel Bonnells BaySaturday, Viagro.
Beach Hotel Saturday, Club Esky. Sunday, D.Love.
Bellbird HotelSaturday, Ashley Knight.
Belmont 16s Saturday, Anthology,The Andy Show. Sunday, Backbeat.
Belmont HotelSaturday, The New Cool Duo.
Belmore HotelSaturday, Sundays Record.
Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Gen-R-8. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.
Boatrowers HotelSunday, Coal Train Country.
The BradfordSaturday, Outlaw Avenue.Sunday, Jacinta.
Cambridge HotelSaturday, The Screaming Jets, Palace Of The King, The Poor. Sunday,Yeah Gee Boyz, Arbi Squad,2oolit, J Flow,Young Dough.
Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Mardmax.
Catho PubSaturday, Jacinta,The 3.Sunday, Steve Edmonds Band.
Cessnock Leagues ClubSaturday, The After Party Trio.
Charlestown Bowling ClubSaturday, Loose Bazooka.
Club LemonTree Saturday, Solid Gold Party.
Colliery InnSaturday, Zane Penn.Sunday, Brien McVernon.
Commercial Hotel MorpethSaturday, Whiskey Business Duo.
Criterion Hotel WestonSaturday, Black Jack –The AC/DC Experience.
Crown & Anchor HotelSaturday, Jason Bone. Saturday, DJ Justeez.
Customs House Sunday, Zane Penn.
Cypress Lakes Saturday, Joel Oakhill.
D’Albora MarinaSunday, Karen O’Shea.
Denman HotelSaturday, Craig Thommo.
Duke Of WellingtonSaturday, City Beats.
East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, Finnian Johnson.
East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, 24 Hours.Sunday,Anthony Lee.
Eatons HotelSaturday, Joy Duo.
Edgeworth Bowling ClubSunday, Tailgate Drive.
Edgeworth TavernSaturday, Village Idiots.
Exchange Hotel Saturday, Evergreen. Sunday, The Years.
Finnegans Saturday, Kidd Kaos & Natalie Sax.
Gallipoli Legion ClubSunday, Mustang.
Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Jamie Martens Duo.
George Tavern Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth Duo.
Grain StoreSunday, J.J King.
Grand Junction Hotel Saturday, Baghead. Sunday, Andy Phelan.
Gunyah HotelSaturday, Mojo Bandits.Sunday, Paperboy.
Hamilton Station HotelSaturday,Bastardizer,Aeturnus Dominion,Blackout To Oblivion,Loose Unit. Sunday,Brock Henry,Simon Stewart,Natalie Henry. Monday,Jeff Rosenstock (US),Lincoln le Fevre & the Insiders,Hanny J,Run Squirrel,Andrew Richmond.
Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, The Faves.
Honeysuckle HotelSaturday, Soundabout. Sunday, The Andy Show.
Imperial Hotel SingletonSaturday, Ash Mountain.
Jewells Tavern Saturday,Hornet.
Kent HotelSaturday, Pocket Aces. Sunday, Grant Walmlsey & Friends. Tuesday, TNL.
King Street Hotel Saturday, JDG.
Kurri Bowling ClubSaturday, Boney Rivers.
Lambton Park HotelSaturday,Grant Walmsley & Friends.Sunday, Jason Bone.
Lass O’GowrieSaturday,Red City,Lady Petrol,Poison in the Vein. Sunday,BelleBadi, Bin Juice, Bloody Hell, Cadillac, Dr Dingo & The Space Cadets, Fox Control, Hazel Dazel, Holiday Basement, Input, Mahala Williams, Newdark, NTL Landmarks, Thomas Macokatic, Yev Kassem.
Lizotte’sSaturday,The Black Sorrows, Whistle Dixie. Sunday,Aspiring Voices – TVS Junior Showcase.
Lochinvar HotelSaturday, Ryan Daley.
Lucky Hotel Saturday, Brown Bear & Hooves. Sunday, Sunday Republic.
Mary Ellen Hotel Saturday, V Dubs.
Maryland TavernSaturday, Jackson Broadway.
Mattara HotelSaturday, Paparazzi.
Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Jon Matthews.Sunday, Matt McLaren.
Mavericks On DarbySaturday, Deuce.
Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Saturday, Leroy & The Rats.
Mezz Bar at Wallsend DiggersSaturday,DV8.Sunday,Matty G.
Morisset Country ClubSunday, Craig Thommo.
Murray’s Brewery Saturday, Amy Fredes. Sunday, Tom Blake.
Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Anthony Lee.
Neath HotelSaturday, The Tantrums.
Nelson Bay Bowling Club Saturday,Club Remix.
Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Big Night Out. Sunday, Daniel Arvidson.
Nelson Bay Golf ClubSaturday, Hayden Johns.
Newcastle Cruising Yacht ClubSunday,Hornet.
Newcastle Hotel Saturday, Sirius Hood.
Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Codi Kaye, Alex Johnson.
Pelican RSL ClubSunday, Justin Banks.
Pippis At The Point Saturday, Matty G.Sunday,Joel Procter.
Prince of Wales HotelSaturday, MattBowles.
Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Felix Quinn Band. Sunday, Love That Hat, Wharf Life.
Raymond Terrace Bowling ClubSunday, ROX.
Royal Federal HotelBranxton Saturday, Jade Holland Band.
Royal Hotel SingletonSunday,The Bad and The Ugly.
Royal Motor Yacht Club TorontoSunday, Christina Crofts Band.
Seabreeze HotelSunday,Ashley Knight.
Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Kristo & King.
Shoal Bay Country Club Saturday, British India, Guy Richards.Sunday, Scott Day-Vee.
Shortland HotelSaturday, Brien McVernon.
Soldiers Point Bowling ClubSaturday, Jumpin Jukebox Trio.
Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, The Big Iich.
Stockton Bowling Club Sunday, Easy Daze.
Stockton RSLClubSaturday, 2 Left Feet.
Swansea HotelSaturday, KR Duo.
Swansea RSLClubSaturday, Cover 2 Cover.
Swansea-Belmont Surf Life Saving ClubSunday, Reggie Sinclair.
Swansea Workers ClubSaturday, Brendan Watson.Sunday, Bonny Rai.
Sydney Junction Hotel Saturday, Paperboy.
Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Layth Gunn.
Toronto DiggersSaturday, John Noble.
Toronto HotelSunday, Boney Rivers.
Toronto WorkersSaturday, The Flattrakkers.
Town Hall HotelSaturday, Robbie T.
Victoria Hotel HintonSaturday, Chris Saxby.Sunday, Bernie.
Wangi HotelSunday, Darren Rolling Keys.
Warners At The Bay Saturday, The Remedy.
Weston WorkersSaturday, Voodoo Rhythm Shakers.
Wests CardiffSaturday, The Years.
Wests New Lambton Saturday, 2GoodReasons.
Wests NEXSaturday, Iguana.
Wickham Park HotelSaturday,Mick Jones.Sunday, Greg Bryce,Ezra Lee & James Thomas.
Windsor Castle HotelSaturday, Lauren Arms.
MOVIESAndre Rieu: Sydney Town Hall Concert Saturday and Sunday, Event Cinemas Kotara and Glendale; Hoyts Green Hills.
A Star Is Born(M)A musician helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into aspiral.
Bohemian Rhapsody(M)Acelebration of Queen, their music andtheir lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes to become one of the world’s bestentertainers.
Boy Erased(MA)Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a gay conversion therapy program – or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith. (Lake Cinema)
Bumblebee(M)On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.
Can You Ever Forgive Me?(MA)The true story of best-selling celebrity biographer Lee Israel, who made her living in the 1970s and ’80s profiling the likes of Katherine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen.
Colette(M)The story of a marriage, Colette shows the lengths one woman must go to escape her husband’s control and claim her voice as an artist.
Creed II(M)Adonis Creed tries to seek revenge when he fights the man who killed his father.
Dr Seuss’The Lorax(G)A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.
Elliot the Littlest Reindeer(G)When Blitzen announces his retirement on December 21st, a miniature horse has 3 days to fulfill his lifelong dream of earning a spot on Santa’s team at the North Pole try-outs.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald(M) Making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapescustody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda.
Hostiles(MA)In 1892, a legendary Army Captain reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory.
Journey’s End(M)Set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, variously await their fate. (Lake Cinema)
Mortal Engines(M)Many years after the “Sixty Minute War,”cities survive a now desolate Earth by moving around on giant wheels attacking and devouring smaller towns to replenish their resources.
Once Upon A Deadpool(MA)A Deadpool fairy tale that gives zero F’s.
Overload(R)On the eve of D-Day, American paratroopers are dropped behind enemy lines to carry out a mission. But as they approach their target, they begin to realise there is more going on in this Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation.
Peppermint(MA)Peppermint is a revenge story centering on a young mother who finds herself with nothing to lose, and is now going to take from her enemies the very life they stole from her.
Ralph Breaks The Internet(PG) Wreck-it Ralph and Vanellope, now friends, discover a wi-fi router in their arcade, leading them into a new adventure.
Robin Hood(M)A war-hardened Crusader and his Moorish commander mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown.
Second Act(M)A big box store worker reinvents her life and her life-story and shows Madison Avenue what street smarts can do.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse(PG)Spider-Man crosses parallel dimensions and teams up with the Spider-Men of those dimensions to stop a threat to all reality.
The Grinch(G)A grumpy Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms(PG)A young girl is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice.
Widows(MA15+) Set in Chicago, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities, take fate into their own hands.Continue Reading →