Make the most of your weekend with a little help from the Herald

SATURDAY

Christmas Lights Spectacular Saturday and Sunday, 5.30pm to 10pm, Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin. Until January 27.

A Big Day on the Green 1pm, Marks Point Sports Club. A fundraiser for Canteen featuring four bands, a jumping castle and face painting.

Wheeler Place Christmas Wonderland 9am to 5pm, Wheeler Place, Hunter Street, Newcastle. Wheeler Place will be transformed into a Christmas Wonderland with free carousel and circus train rides. Until December 21.

Street Feast 4pm to 8pm, Dixon Park Beach. Food trucks, entertainment and more. 

Kiwanis Charity Christmas Trees On sale from 7am at Telstra Tower City Road, Adamstown Heights; 161 Macquarie Road, Cardiff; Lions Park cnr Glad Gunson and Macquarie Drive, Eleebana. $55 per tree.

Feast Fest 4pm to 9pm, Blacksmiths. Food trucks, stalls, rides, entertainment. 

The Art of Problem Solving Exhibition Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 5pm, Newcastle Museum. From a robotic boat that can drive itself to super-efficient wind turbines and a virtual reality soccer experience, University of Newcastle engineering students apply their creative thinking and scientific know-how to a range of innovations. Also, Porsche In Motion. 

Warners Bay Scout Group Car Wash and BBQ 8am to 3pm, Lake Macquarie Fair, Mount Hutton. 

Christmas Carols at Seaham Park 5.30pm to 9pm, Warren Street, Seaham. 

Wallsend Community Christmas Carols 5.30pm to 9.15pm, Federal Park, Wallsend. 

Awabakal Cultural Festival 2pm, University of Newcastle oval near the Wollotuka Institute. Performances, cultural workshops, art classes, entertainment, rides, bush walks, food and market stalls plus a visit from Paw Patrol and Santa. 

Book launch and signing 2.45pm to 5pm, Souths Merewether. The Immortal Larrikin, by Gary J Burrett.

Cornucopia 3pm, Maitland Regional Art Gallery.  A celebration of three new exhibitions. Workshops, food, wine, craft beer, live music, artist talks, Circus Avalon and more. 

Celebrity Chef Appearance 11am to 2pm, Bunnings Cessnock. “Fast Ed” Halmagyi will be cooking up a storm with some great tips on healthy cooking.

Hunter Valley Wrestling 7pm, Club Maitland City, Rutherford.

SUNDAY

Variety Xmas Walk 11am, Speers Point Park. Wear Christmas red and run, roll or stroll the fully accessible 5km walk. The Variety Xmas Walk will start from Speers Point Park to Warners Bay and back to finish at the Lake Mac Carols. Free entry to Speers Point Swim Centre and best dressed prizes.

Salamander Bay Square’s Carols by the Bay 5.30pm, Fly Point Park, Nelson Bay. 

Five Senses Twilight Market 3pm to 8pm, Lambton Park, Lambton. Food, craft beer, wine, live music and market stalls. Supporting the Salvos Christmas Wish Appeal. 

All A Board Festival 10am to 4.30pm, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. Exhibition launch featuring music, free stand-up paddle boarding on the lake, a skateboard demo by pro-skater Poppy Starr, makers’ markets, artist talks and art-making activities. Also, a skateboard half-pipe, an amateur skate competition, a specialty surf and skate graphics workshop and live music.  

Classic & Muscle Car Show 10am to 4pm, Maitland Showground. Rides, food and market stalls, bike and car displays and more. Fundraiser for Dads in Distress.

Lake Mac Carols By Candlelight 2pm to 9pm, Speers Point Park. Free activities all day and an evening concert from 6.30pm. Fireworks display at 9pm. 

2017 Annual Charity Concert 2pm, St Pius X High School, Adamstown. Fundraiser for John Hunter Children’s Hospital. 

Grossmann House: Dressed For Christmas 10am to 3pm, 71-73 Church Street, Maitland. 

Carols In The Suburbs 2pm, Garden Suburb Uniting Church, corner of Prospect Road and Marshall Street. Sing along to the Salvation Army Band and enjoy afternoon tea. 

2017 Christmas With The Porters 1pm to 4pm, 434 King Street, Newcastle. Share the Christmas spirit as it was for the Porter family who lived here throughout most of the 20th century.

Newcastle University Choir Presents The Creation 2pm, The Great Hall, University of Newcastle, Callaghan. Featuring Miriam Allan, Paul McMahon, David Greco and an orchestra.

2017 Charity Car & Bike Show 7am onwards, Newcastle Kart Racing Club, Cameron Park. Fundraiser for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.   

Annual Street Party 5pm to 8pm, Maitland Grossman High School. Christmas Carols, a magician, face painting, food trucks and a petting zoo. Presented by Maitland Evangelical Church.

Carols at Sanctuary 5pm to 9pm, Sanctuary Sporting Fields, Kurraka Drive, Fletcher. 

An Evening of Christmas Carols 5pm, St Paul’s Primary School, Rutherford. 

SAVE THE DATE

The annual Newcastle Herald Newcastle Permanent Carols By Candlelight returns to King Edward Park next Friday, December 15. Carols from 7pm featuring The Milton Ward Band, Adam Scicluna, Kerryn Grant, Tom Hamilton and The Hunter Singers. Free carnival rides and food trucks, free parking at King Street Car Park and a free shuttle service to the event.

MARKETS

Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market Saturday, 7.30am to 1pm, Speers Point Park. 

Warners Bay Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, Warner Park, corner The Esplanade and Lake Street, Warners Bay.

Handmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin.

Hunter Wine Country Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.

Hunter Street Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle. 

Newcastle Flower Markets Saturday, 9.30am to noon, 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate.

Adamstown Lions Markets Sunday, 7am to 12.30pm, corner Brunker and Glebe roads, Adamstown.

Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow. 

Newcastle Racecourse Market Sunday, 9am to 2pm, Newcastle Racecourse, Broadmeadow.

ARTS

Finite Gallery Caves Beach Patchwork, an exhibition of paintings by more than 40 artists. Until December 24.

Cooks Hill Galleries PEARLA meaning good or beaut ... you get my drift, by Rod Bathgate. Until December 17.

The Lock Up Final Remembering, by Lottie Consalvo. In the Halls of My Youth, by James Drinkwater. Until January 21. 

Wollombi Cultural Centre We Three. Until December 17.

Newcastle Museum Dinosaur Revolution, until January 28. 

Maitland Regional Art Gallery Art Maker, Patron, Lover, by Gary Grealy. Until March 18. David Archer: Archer’s Arcadia. Until February 4. Passchendale – A Ridge Too Far, Photography in Battle; Taking a closer look, by Bruce Roxburgh. Until January 28. Lionel’s Place. Until April 8. 

Newcastle Art Gallery Painting Memory: From The Collection. Until January 28. Everything Changes: Tim Maguire 2002-2017. 

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Saturday, 5pm to 7pm, Circles of Connection – Cessnock Includes you 2017.

Newcastle Studio Potters & Back to Back Galleries Christmas Takeaway. Until December 17.

Art Systems Wickham SEEing, by Andrew Shillam, Rindi Salomon. Ends Sunday.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery BOARD, by Vernon Ah Kee, Gerry Bobsien, Shaun Gladwell, Nancy Kilgour, Brett McMahon, Tracey Moffatt, Nell, John Turier and more. Until February 4. 

University of Newcastle Gallery Fine Art Honours Exhibition, by Alysha Fewster Chloe Hey Deborah White Nick Barlow, Shannon Cadman, Rosemary Reynolds. 

Timeless Textiles Beautiful Swarm, by Jan Clark. 

CStudios Art Gallery Saturday, 3pm to 5pm, end of year exhibition by Jason Sar, Geoffrey Holmes, Peter Maters, Yola Bowman, Kaz Thorpe, Maree Bisby, Varelle Hardy.

Watt Space Gallery Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) exhibition. Until December 17. 

Michael Reid Murrurundi The Paris Paintings, by Catherine Hickson. Until December 31.

Gallery 139 Convergence, by Giselle Penn, Susan Ryman, Prue Sailer. Ends Sunday.

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre Red Cross Christmas Trees and Wreaths. Until December 15. Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation – Muswellbrook Student Works. Until December 22. Muswellbrook Local Arts Awards.

Port Stephens Community Arts Centre Summertime People Exhibition. Until January 8.

THEATRE

Carrington Comedy Funnyman Karl Chandler presents a stand-up show of his finest material. Special guests include Mitch Garling and Ethan Andrews. Carrington Bowling Club, Saturday at 8pm. 

Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS An abandoned baby boy, Mowgli, is raised by a panther and aided or attacked by other animals; lively musical with young performers. Young People’s Theatre, at its Hamilton theatre. Saturday at 2pm and 5pm.

Mix Tape: The Last 10 Years Pantseat Performing Arts celebrates its 10th birthday with songs and dance numbers from previous shows. Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Sunday, at 7.30pm.

Pantseat Performs Pantseat Performing Arts drama, musical theatre and dance students in a musical they have devised, Jackson High, plus dramatic and musical theatre sequences adapted from films and stage shows. Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Saturday at 7.30pm.

MUSIC

5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Perry Carter. Sunday, Marissa + 1.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Duplexity. Sunday, Melody Feder.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Gaz N Gaz.

Bar Petite Saturday, Holly Mae. Sunday, Jerome.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Codi Kaye. Sunday, Little Cents.

Beach Hotel Saturday, Club Esky. Sunday, D.Love.

Bellbird Hotel Saturday, Todd Schmoo.

Belmont 16s Saturday, Hayden Johns, The Rumour. Sunday, Backbeat.

Belmont Hotel Saturday, KR Duo.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Guerrilla Road.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Loose Bazooka. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.

Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Hornet.

The Bradford Saturday, Witchery.

Burwood Inn Saturday, Sounds on Sunday.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Illuminate (Glasshouse). Vacations (Warehouse). Sunday, ChillinIt x Talakai, Dawn Laird, Punish One, James Richardson, L C D, Aeonic.

Cardiff RSL Saturday, Latch.

Catho Pub Saturday, Steve Geary. Sunday, The Years.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Australian Fleetwood Mac Show, Matt Gaudry.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Ron Hattam Band.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, The Faves.

Charlestown Bowling Club Saturday, The DuoTones.

Charlestown Golf Club Sunday, Phil McKnight.

Clarendon Hotel Saturday, Lauren Arms.

Club Kotara Saturday, Hurricane Fall.

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Ron Knight.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Pat Vs Cat.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Michael Hawke. Sunday, Ben Travis.

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, The V Dubs.

Croatian Wickham Sports Club Sunday, Big Daddy's Cajun Blues Christmas Party.

Crown & Anchor Hotel Sunday, Ryan Daley.

Customs House Saturday, Pete McCredie. Sunday, Sunset Club.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Tom Christie.

D’Albora Marina Sunday, Pistol Pete.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Jamie Martens.

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Prestige Inc.

East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, Gibbo & Co. Sunday, Roadhouse.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Motown Magic. Sunday, Emil.

Easts Leisure & Golf Club Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Edgeworth Bowling Club Sunday, Klassic Blak.

Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Robbie Urquhart.

Exchange Hotel Saturday, Xyz.

Finnegans Saturday, Danny B & The Hornstar.

Gallipoli Legion Club Saturday, Trancemission.

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Gareth Jay.

George Tavern Saturday, Katie & Feff.

Great Northern Hotel Teralba Saturday, Kazzie.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Alias.

​Hamilton Station Hotel Sunday, Suz Dorahy, Emily April, Natalie Henry.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Tim Pringle, The Core. Sunday, Shaka Duo.

Hexham Bowling Club Sunday, John Noble.

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Soundabout. Sunday, Phonic, Anyerin.

Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Shawn Lidster.

Hotel Delany Saturday, Rocket.

Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Project X.

Imperial Hotel Singleton Saturday, Steel City.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, Kim & Mik. Sunday, Loko.

Kent Hotel Saturday, Misbehave. Sunday, Greg Bryce Band.

King Street Hotel Saturday, Scndl. 

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Georgina Grimshaw.

Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday, Viagro.

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Beef Week, Meatcake, The Grounds. Sunday, Pucko & Friends.

Lizotte’s Saturday, Ian Moss, Mark Wilkinson. Sunday, Beccy Cole (lunch) Juzzie Smith (dinner).

Lucky Hotel Saturday, The Gleesons. Sunday, Max Jackson.

Mark Hotel Saturday, Smokin Rosie. Sunday, Mark Wells.

Mary Ellen Hotel Saturday, Band Of Burds. Sunday, Damien.

Maryland Tavern Saturday, Loko.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Phil McKnight. Sunday, Troy Kemp.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Joel Oakhill. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, Cruzers.

Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Saturday, Marriah. Sunday, Metro’s Muso Muster Jam Session.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Saturday, Love That Hat, Alessandro. Sunday, Melbourne Street.

Murray’s Brewery Saturday, Brien McVernon. Sunday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Zane Penn.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Peta Evans-Taylor.

Nelson Bay Bowling Club Saturday, Tim Usher.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Paparazzi. Sunday, Matt Semmens.

Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Newcastle Jockey Club Saturday, Georgina Grimshaw, Pete McCredie.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Gareth Jay.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Barracuda - A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Bandditts. Sunday, Tyler John.

Potters Brewery Saturday, Pistol Pete.

The Pourhouse Saturday, Duncan Woods.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Shivoo, Big Night Out.

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Ryan Daley.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Zac & George, 2GoodReasons. Sunday, Hurricane Fall.

Racecourse Hotel Saturday, Big Pete.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Zane Penn.

Royal Crown Hotel Dudley Saturday, Papa Pilko & The Bin Rats.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Zac and Ben.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Ben Woodham.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, John Larder.

Seabreeze Hotel Sunday, Tiali.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, The Bad And The Ugly.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Russell Snape.

Small Ballroom Saturday, No Code, The Chaotic Borderline, Path Of Victory, Stone Empire, Corotted.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, Solid Gold Party Night.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Arley Black.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Never Ending 80s. 

Star Hotel Saturday, Daniel Arvidson.

Station Hotel Kurri Kurri Saturday, Extreme Mobile Entertainment.

Stockton Bowling Club Saturday, The Australian Beach Boys Show. Sunday, Greg Bryce.

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Eagle Rock Christmas Party.

Swansea Hotel Saturday, Redline.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Wayne & The Wanderers.

Swansea-Belmont Surf Life Saving Club Sunday, Josh Drinkwater.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Robbie T.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, James Naldo.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, The 40 Up Club.

Toronto Hotel Sunday, Boney Rivers.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Jody Direen. Sunday, Jon Matthews.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Boney Rivers.

Wangi Hotel Saturday, Murray Byfield. Sunday, Jackson Halliday.

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Gayle O’Neil.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Deuce.

Warners Bay Sports Club Sunday, Rendezvous.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Emily Smith.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, Anthology.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, The Remedy Trio. 

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Grant Walmsley Unplugged, Phase III. Sunday, John Larder, Ron Knight & The Daze Band.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Megan Core.

MOVIES

Battle Of The Sexes (PG) The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs. (Regal)

Coco (with Olaf's Frozen Adventure) (PG) Olaf sets out to comb the kingdom to bring home the best traditions and save this first Christmas for his friends.

Daddy’s Home 2 (PG) Father and stepfather, Dusty and Brad, have joined forces to give their kids the perfect Christmas.

Goodbye Christopher Robin (PG) A behind-the-scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son C.R. Milne.

Ferdinand (G) After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home.

Hey Duggee Cinema Experience (G) Join Duggee and the Squirrels on the big screen for woofs, sing-a-longs and fun.

Home Again (M) Life for a single mom in Los Angeles takes an unexpected turn when she allows three young guys to move in with her. (Lake Cinema) 

Justice League (M) Inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince.

Loving Vincent (M) A film about the life and mysterious death of Vincent Van Gogh. (Tower)

Maudie (M) An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community. (Regal)

Murder On The Orient Express (M) A lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into the thrilling mystery of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone’s a suspect. (Regal)

Only The Brave (M) A drama based on the elite crew of firemen that battled a wildfire in Yarnell in 2013 that claimed the lives of 19 of their members.

Paddington 2 (G) Now happily settled with the Brown family, Paddington picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.

The Disaster Artist (M) A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Tommy Wiseau’s The Room in 2003. (Event, Glendale)

The Man Who Invented Christmas (PG) In October 1843 Charles Dickens set out to self-publish a book and revive his career.

The Princess Bride (PG) While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride. (Regal)

The Secret Scripture (M) A woman keeps a diary of her extended stay at a mental hospital. (Tower)

The Star (G) A small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (MA) After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move – painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at the town’s revered chief of police.

Thor: Ragnarok (M) Thor must face the Hulk in a gladiator match and save his people.

Tommy’s Honour (M) Set in Scotland in the late 19th century, this true story charts the origins of the modern game of golf through the tale of the family that pioneered the sport. (Regal)

Wonder (PG) A boy born with a facial deformity is destined to fit in at a new school, and to make everyone understand he's an ordinary kid.

Wonder Wheel (PG) On Coney Island in the 1950s, a lifeguard tells the story of a middle-aged carousel operator and his beleaguered wife. (Tower)