Holiday services guide: what's open when

Holiday service guide: Church services

NEWCASTLE

Council offices: Non-essential services  reopen January 2. Art Gallery: Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Libraries: Closed  until January 2.  Beaches: Normal patrols. Pools: Closed Christmas Day. Beresfield Golf Course: Closed Christmas Day. Visitor Information Centre: Closed Christmas Day. Blackbutt Reserve: Wildlife exhibits closed Christmas Day, park open. Fort Scratchley: Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.  Civic Theatre box office: Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Newcastle Museum: Closed Christmas and Boxing Days. Parking stations: King Street closed Christmas, Boxing and New Year’s days. Open from 7pm New Year’s Eve to 7am New Year’s Day.  Garbage: No collections Christmas Day. Red lid bins collected Boxing Day. Green and yellow bins collected kerbside between Boxing Day and December 29. Summerhill Waste Management Centre: Closed Christmas Day. 

LAKE MACQUARIE

Customer service centre:  Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Art Gallery: Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Libraries: Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Closes 5pm New Year’s Eve. Beaches: Normal patrols.   Pools: Closed Christmas Day. Contact swim centres for public holiday hours.  Visitors Information Centre: Closed Christmas Day. Garbage: No collections Christmas Day. Kerbside garbage and recycling collections moved back one day.  Normal collections resume New Year’s Eve. Awaba Waste Management Facility: Closed Christmas Day. Teralba Worm Farm and Landcare Resource Office: Reopen  January 7. 

MAITLAND

Administration building: Reopens January 2. Art Gallery: Closed Mondays, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Libraries: Reopen  January 2. Pools: Close 4pm Christmas Eve, reopen 11am-7pm Boxing Day, closed 5pm New Year’s Eve until 11am New Year’s Day. Visitor Information Centre: Closes 3pm Christmas Eve, reopens 9am-5pm Boxing Day, open 9am-5pm Christmas to New Year, 11am-3pm New Year’s Day. Maitland Gaol: Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, tours  10am-4pm all other days. Garbage: Tuesday collections  move to Wednesday, all other collections move a day later, normal service resumes from New Year’s Eve. Mt Vincent Waste Disposal Depot: Closed Christmas Day only. Works depot: Closes 3.30pm Friday until January 2.

CESSNOCK

Administration: Closed from midday Christmas Eve until January 2. Libraries: Closed from midday Christmas Eve until January 2. Cessnock Community Performing Arts Centre: Reopens  January 7. Pools: All closed Christmas Day, Branxton and Cessnock close 5pm Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, open 7am-6pm all other public holidays, Kurri Kurri Aquatic Centre open 6am-midday Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and 10am-4pm on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Garbage: No collections Christmas Day. All other collections will be the day after usual pick-up, normal service resumes Monday. Cessnock Waste and Re-Use Centre: Closed Christmas Day only. Greta Transfer Station: Closed Christmas Day. Cessnock Airport: All inquiries to Chris Eddy on 0401107557.

PORT STEPHENS

Administration: Reopens  January 2. Libraries: Raymond Terrace and Tomaree libraries reopen  January 2, Tilligerry Community Library reopens  January 14; mobile library reopens  January 14. Pools: Close 2pm Christmas Eve until 6am Boxing Day, normal hours until 2pm New Year’s Eve, reopen 10am-4pm New Year’s Day. Nelson Bay Visitor Information Centre: Closes 5pm Christmas Eve until 9am Boxing Day. Garbage: As normal, transfer stations close 3.30pm Christmas Eve until 7am Boxing Day. 

SHOPPING CENTRES

Charlestown Square: Closed Christmas Day,  selected outlets open Boxing Day, open 8am-5.30pm Christmas Eve and 8am-9pm December 27, closed New Year’s Day. Myer Charlestown: Open 8am-6pm Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Westfield Kotara: Open 8am-5.30pm Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day, open 9am-9pm December 27, closed New Year’s Day. David Jones Kotara: Open 8am-6pm Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Marketown: Coles side closed from 10pm Christmas Eve until 8am Boxing Day and 10pm New Year’s Eve until 8am New Year’s Day, normal hours all other days;  Woolworths side  closes 10pm Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day, closes 10pm December 30 and New Year’s Eve. Stockland Jesmond:  Closed Christmas, Boxing and New Year’s days. Stockland Greenhills: Open  8am-5.30pm on Christmas Eve, closed Christmas  Day, Boxing Day  and New Year’s Day. Stockland Wallsend: Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day,  and New Year’s Day. Stockland Glendale: Open  9am-5.30pm Christmas Eve, closed on Christmas, Boxing Day ,  and New Year’s Day.

CINEMAS

Event Cinemas Glendale: No sessions Christmas Day, open all other days. King Street Cinema: No sessions Christmas Day, open all other days. Reading Charlestown: No sessions Christmas Day, open all other days. Scotty’s Cinema Centre, Raymond Terrace: No sessions Christmas Day, open all other days. Heddon-Greta Drive-In: Closed until Boxing Day. Hunter Valley Cinema, Cessnock: No sessions Christmas Day, open all other days. 

Nelson Bay Cinema Complex: No evening screenings on Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day, open all other days.

 Majestic Cinema Singleton: No sessions Christmas Day, other days as normal.

CHEMISTS

Docs Pharmacy: Open 10am-4pm Christmas Day, 10am-9pm Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, open all other days until 9pm.

 Docs Megasave Chemist: Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day, open 8am-10pm Christmas Eve, 8am-9pm New Year’s Eve and 9am-10pm New Year’s Day, open 8am-midnight all other days. Strachan’s Day Night Pharmacy: Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, open 9am-7pm Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, 9am-9pm all other days.  Darby St Day Night Chemist: Closed Christmas Day, open 8am-8pm all other days. Chemistworks Glendale: Closed Christmas and Boxing days, open 8am-midnight all other days. Tenambit Pharmacy: Open 9am-noon Christmas Day, 9am-1pm Boxing Day and 9am-5pm New Year’s Day.  Myall Pharmacy Hawks Nest: Open  8.30am-noon Christmas Day, 8.30am-6pm all other days after Christmas. Myall Pharmacy Tea Gardens: Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Nelson Bay Pharmacy: Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

MEDICAL

GP Access After Hours medical services: 1300130147.

EMERGENCY SERVICES

Ambulance, fire brigade and police as usual on 000. State Emergency Service: 132500.

TRANSPORT

Buses, trains and ferries run to a Sunday timetable on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Normal services from December 27 until December 29. Newcastle Ferries will operate a shuttle on the Stockton service every 15 minutes on New Year’s Eve.

Last services depart Newcastle at 3am and Stockton at 3.05am. 

For transport information call 131500 or visit www.131500.com.au.

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