Carolfest 2016 3pm to 4pm, Adamstown Uniting Church. An afternoon of music and carol singing. A jumping castle for the kids will be set up from 2.30pm.
2016 Movies In The Parc 6.30pm to 9.30pm, Heritage Parc, 99 Racecourse Road, Rutherford. Outdoor screening of the movie Inside Out next to Pelican Playground. Entry is free and if you RSVP prior to the event, you’ll receive free popcorn and a snow cone on the night.
Charity Christmas Tree Carnival 11am to 2pm, 150 Beaumont Street, Hamilton. The Hamilton Wesley Uniting Church will come alive again this year with 16 magnificent themed Christmas trees. Vote for your favourite.
Your donation will make a real difference this Christmas to the charities that these trees represent.
Heart Foundation Fundraiser 10am to 2pm, 19 Glenwood Drive, Thornton. Local businesses raising awareness about heart health. A fun day for the family with a gladiator ring, face painting, car wash and a raffle. In memory of Dale Green.
Christmas at Gallipoli Legion Club 1pm to 5pm, 3-5 Beaumount Street, Hamilton. Christmas lunch for members and guests.
Carols at Swansea 5pm onwards, Chapman Oval, Channel Street, Swansea. Featuring children’s show The Jitterbugs, market and food stalls, rides, fireworks, a visit from Santa and more.
Carols In Gregson Park 6.3pm onwards, Lindsay Street, Hamilton. Entertainment from The Pretty Amazing Jono. Wet weather venue: Hamilton Public School hall.
Lemon Jam 4pm to 8pm, Henderson Park, Lemon Tree Passage. A free, all-ages monthly music event with children’s activities, raffles and more.
Christmas Carols in Lambton Park 5pm to 9pm. Market stalls and activities – everything from jumping castles and rides to balloon animals – plus food trucks. The carols kick off at about 7pm, the fireworks about 9pm.
Carols By The Beach 7pm to 9pm, Empire Park, Merewether. Carols to sing along to, fun activities for children, a fireworks display and a visit from Santa Claus.
SAVE THE DATE
Newcastle Permanent's Cinema Under The Stars returns to King Edward Park on January 7 with a screening of Zootopia when the sun goes down. The entertainment kicks off at 5.30pm with circus workshops by Circus in Education, live musicians on stage and Blackbutt Reserve’s Critter Encounter. It’s Maitland’s turn on January 13, when Kung Fu Panda 3 is screened at Maitland Park.
The Olive Tree Market Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Civic Park, Newcastle.
Hunt & Gather Market Saturday, 9am to 2pm, Pacific Park, Newcastle.
Hunter Wine Country Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, Lovedale.
Maitland Markets Sunday, 8am to 2pm, Maitland Showground, Anzac Street, Maitland.
Clocktower Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, James Street Plaza, Hamilton.
The Sunday Muster Artisan Market Sunday, 9am to 2pm, Mortels Sheepskin Factory Thornton.
Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.
St Brigid’s Markets Sunday, 4pm to 8pm, Station Street, Branxton.
Toronto Markets Sunday, 7.30am to 1pm, at Lions Park near the Fennell Bay Bridge.
Adamstown Lions Club Markets Sunday, 7am to 1pm, corner of Brunker and Glebe roads, Adamstown.
ARTS & CULTURE
Christmas in Brass 2016 Sunday, 2pm to 4pm, Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre, Warners Bay. Tickets at the door or phone 0409 990 962. Cost is $20 ($15 concession).
The Lock Up Every Breath, featuring work by Kevin Anderson, Ian Burns, Dale Collier, Ineke Dane, Sophia Emmett, Greg Fuller, Jason Hicklin, Tracy Hill, James Maher, Andrew Styan, Katie Styan and Lucy Weaver. Until January 29.
John Earle Gallery Merewether Art Market.
Cooks Hill Galleries Eclectica, by Rod Bathgate; All The Time, by Jane Parkes. Ends Sunday.
Lake Macquarie City Gallery Saltwater Country. Until January 29. Lake Macquarie: Living Cultures. Until March 12.
Gallery 139 Director’s Choice. Until December 24.
Finite Gallery Genteel Ladies’ and Tea Society. Ends Sunday.
Art Systems Wickham You’ll Fest ’16. Until December 24.
Maitland Regional Art Gallery Inside Bloomfield, by Linda Greedy; Shhh, by Nathan Keogh and Giselle Penn; Greetings from Maitland, by Trevor Dickinson. Until January 29. Awesome Achievers: Stories from Australians of the Year; The 2016 Brenda Clouten Memorial Travelling Scholarship for Young Achievers in the Visual Arts. Until February 5. Maitland Includes You: Artists from Journeys: Creative Connections and Mai-Wel; Andrew Christofides’ Abstraction. Until February 19.
Newcastle Museum Humanoid Discovery. This highly interactive exhibition will take you on a revealing journey through the human body from the perspective of a visitor from outer space. Also, Emporium, which recreates the Albury region’s first department store, The Abikhair Emporium, a family business run by Syrian immigrant Saad Milham Abikhair and his wife Shefia. A Newcastle Story; Fire & Earth; Supernova & Mininova are also showing.
Lovett Gallery Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition 2016. Until February 25.
Newcastle Art Space Drawn Upstairs and The Naked Truth. Ends Sunday. The inaugural exhibition by HSC students and staff of Newcastle Waldorf School opens Monday.
A Play in a Manger A town community is putting on its 50th annual Christmas play and recruits a flamboyant, over-the- top director to stage it; lively family musical featuring young performers. Hope Valley Church, at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre. Sunday, at 9.30am. Free tickets. 4990 7134.
Chocolate Chuckles and Other Chrissie Treats Footlice Theatre Company’s Christmas revue looks amusingly at the past year and people’s behaviour. The Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle West. Friday and Saturday at 8pm. 0405 154 174.
Fly By Night A massive power blackout in New York leads to several young people facing the problems in their relationships; Australian premiere of an acclaimed new musical. The Regional Institute of Performing Arts, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, at 7.30pm. 4929 1977.
Good Morning Mofo Australian comedian Zoe McDonald in her Melbourne Comedy Festival show about a breakfast television compere. The Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Sunday, at 8pm. 4929 4969. Sun 18th Dec 8pm $15
Mrs Monacelli’s Christmastime Spectacular A Sydney theatre company battles for the right to present a lavish vaudeville Christmas show in the 1930s economic depression; bright new musical comedy by Newcastle’s Theo Rule. The Grainery Theatre, at Newcastle City Hall. Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 2pm and 7pm. 4929 1977.
5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Salt. Sunday, Sean Andrews.
Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Purple Hearts. Sunday, Tiali.
Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Spank N The Monkey.
Bar Petite Saturday, Aaron Hood. Sunday, DJ Perry.
Battlesticks Bar – Scratchley’s On The Wharf Saturday, Wesley’s Edge. Monday, Pana. Tuesday, Mark Wells.
Beach Hotel Saturday, Soundabout.
Bellbird Hotel Sunday, Hendo.
Belmont 16s Saturday, Hayden Johns, Cruzers. Sunday, Matt Gaudry, Franky & Johnny.
Belmont Bowling Club Sunday, The Leadbellies.
Belmore Hotel Saturday, Grand Theft Audio.
Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Tommygun. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.
Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Phase III.
The Bradford Saturday, Jamie Martens Duo. Sunday, Angie.
Burwood Inn Saturday, Tim Rossington.
Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Troyboi, DJ Zeisha Fremaux, Oski.
Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Robbie & The Rattlesnakes.
Catho Pub Saturday, Shawn Lidster. Sunday, Steve Edmonds Band.
Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis.
Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Lennie Live.
Charlestown Bowling Club Saturday, Jon Schatz.
Club Kotara Saturday, The V Dubs.
Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Darren Gould.
Colliery Inn Saturday, Lee Rolfe.
Commercial Hotel Boolaroo Sunday, Layth Gunn.
Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Saturday, Project XI. Sunday, Lennie Live.
Criterion Hotel Carrington Sunday, Mick Jones.
Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, The Tantrums.
Crown & Anchor Hotel Saturday, Matt McLaren.
Customs House Saturday, Perry Carter.
Cypress Lakes Saturday, Daniel Arvidson.
D'Albora Marina Sunday, Jake Davey.
Denman Hotel Sunday, Siren.
Duke Of Wellington Saturday, 2GoodReasons.
East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Viper Creek. Sunday, Roxy.
Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Glamstars.
Erringhi Hotel Saturday, Andy Abra.
Family Hotel Maitland Saturday, The Steves. Sunday, Katrina Burgoyne.
Finnegans Saturday, DJ Delicious.
FogHorn Brewhouse Saturday, Big Daddy’s Cajun Blues Party. Sunday, James Osborn.
Gallipoli Legion Club Saturday, Legionnaire #1 ft. Amy Vee, Voodoo Youth, Sambafrog, Makin Wood & The Deputy C, Creepy Dylan (DJ set), Yes Commissioner, Tucan & John Bond.
Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Paparazzi.
George Tavern Saturday, Alias.
Grain Store Saturday, Prestige Inc. Sunday, Jerome.
Great Northern Hotel Teralba Saturday, Ashley Knight.
Greenroof Hotel Saturday, Todd Schmoo. Sunday, Tre Soul.
Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Big Night Out. Sunday, The New Cool.
Hamilton Station Hotel Sunday, Spencer Scott, Rachel Maria Cox, Aidan Roe, Alana Mundi.
Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Kylie Cartner, Usual Suspects. Sunday, Jackson Halliday.
Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Hummingbirds. Sunday, Mike Horbacz, Mark Wells.
Hotel Delany Saturday, Gen-R-8.
Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Hornet.
Jewells Tavern Saturday, Evergreen. Sunday, Ty.
The Junction Hotel Saturday, Bobby C.
Junction Inn Sunday, Jake Davey.
Kent Hotel Saturday, Gen-X. Sunday, The Jungle Kings.
Khartoum Hotel Saturday, Troy Kemp.
King Street Hotel Saturday, Scndal. Sunday, AGS One Night Stand.
The Landing Saturday, Pete Hibbert.
Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Jones the Cat, Hunt For Home, Yev Kassem. Sunday, Yae! Tiger, Fantastic Mysteries, Briscoe.
Lizotte’s Friday-Sunday, Diesel, Matt Cornell. Monday, Rowland Salley.
Lucky Hotel Saturday, Max Jackson. Sunday, Matt McLaren.
Mark Hotel Saturday, Snape Trilogy. Sunday, Love That Hat.
Mary Ellen Saturday, The Smarts. Sunday, Jon Schatz.
Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Mardy Leith. Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.
Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Katrina Burgoyne, Pistol Pete.
Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, “One Night Only” Bee Gees show. Sunday, Troy Kemp.
Murray’s Brewery Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis. Sunday, Anyerin.
Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.
Neath Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones.
Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, The Big Bang. Sunday, Marissa.
Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Loko.
Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Josh Callaway.
Pedens Cessnock Saturday, All Access 80s.
Pippis At The Point Saturday, Dos Eager. Sunday, Zane Penn.
The Pourhouse Saturday, Sarah Christine.
Premier Hotel Saturday, Emmy Rose. Sunday, The Years.
Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Just Us Duo. Sunday, Timmy Coffey, Perry Carter, Sleepers.
Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Matt Meler, Arley Black. Sunday, Jason Bone.
Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Darren Gould.
River Royal Inn Morpeth Saturday, Jacinta. Sunday, James Naldo.
Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Formula.
Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, The Way.
Royal Inn Waratah Saturday, Layth Gunn.
Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Saturday, Mark Lee. Sunday, The Bush Happy Band.
Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Roxy.
Seabreeze Hotel Sunday, Melody Feder.
Seven Seas Hotel Saturday, Matt Semmens.
Shortland Hotel Saturday, Jake Folbigg.
Snake Gully Hotel Saturday, Trancemission.
Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, League of Legends.
Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Jon Toogood, Ben Leece. Sunday, Chris Rose.
Star Hotel Saturday, Adrianna Mac.
Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Retro Rockets.
Swansea Hotel Saturday, Wicked.
Swansea RSL Club Saturday, D’Lish.
Tea Gardens Country Club Saturday, Outerphase.
Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Phil McKnight.
Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Karen O’Shea.
Toronto Diggers Saturday, Franky & Johnny.
Toronto Workers Saturday, Redline. Sunday, Karen O’Shea.
Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Kellie Cain.
Victoria Hotel Hinton Sunday, Howard Shearman.
Wangi Hotel Saturday, Ian Henry. Sunday, Jacinta.
Wangi Wangi RSL Club Saturday, Smokin Rosie.
Warners At The Bay Saturday, Love That Hat.
Westfield Kotara Saturday, Beth Gleeson.
Wests Cardiff Saturday, The Years.
Wests New Lambton Saturday, Loko. Tuesday, Angamus.
Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Brooke Harvey, Crimson Tide. Sunday, Daniel Champagne, The Idols, Schtick Men.
Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Kelly Hope.
Cafe Society (M) The story of a young man who arrives in Hollywood during the 1930s hoping to work in the film industry, falls in love, and finds himself swept up in the vibrant café society that defined the spirit of the age. (Regal)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (M) The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards 70 years before Harry Potter.
Hacksaw Ridge (MA) The true story of Desmond Doss who, in Okinawa at the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without a gun. (Regal)
I, Daniel Blake (MA) A middle aged carpenter who requires state welfare after injuring himself, is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario.
Joyeux Noël (M) The year is 1914, and as World War I continues to rage across the European countryside, four individuals stuck on the front lines find themselves faced with the unthinkable. (Regal)
La La Land (CTC) A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.
Office Christmas Party (MA) When his uptight CEO sister threatens to shut down his branch, the branch manager throws an epic Christmas party in order to land a big client and save the day, but the party gets way out of hand.
Red Dog: True Blue (PG) Explores the early events leading up to Red Dog's discovery on the road to Dampier, and his ultimate rise from ordinary dog to Australian legend.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (M) Rebels set out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star.
Sing (G) A koala named Buster recruits his best friend to help him drum up business for his theatre by hosting a singing competition.
Sully (M) In 2009, the world witnessed the "Miracle on the Hudson" when Captain "Sully" Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. (Lake Cinema)
The Light Between Oceans (M) A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of WA raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat. (Lake Cinema/Regal)
Trolls (G) Poppy, the optimistic leader of the Trolls, and Branch are polar opposites. Together, they embark on an adventure that takes them beyond their world.
Underworld: Blood Wars (MA) Selene fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David and his father, she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires.