Christmas opening hours: Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens & Lower Hunter Christmas essential services

Where will be open over the Christmas period? Read our services guide. Picture: Simone De Peak.
Where will be open over the Christmas period? Read our services guide. Picture: Simone De Peak.

This week will be the last before Christmas Day to have garbage collected, as services go into recess over the holidays and resume in some places one day later until Monday, January 1.

Council offices will close at noon on Friday and reopen on January 2. But while some services around the Hunter take a break over the holidays, local beaches will be patrolled as normal making local breaks the spot to beat the heat expected over the next week.

Shopping centres

  • Charlestown Square: Open 8am-5pm, Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day. Open 8am-6pm, Boxing Day. 
  • Westfield Kotara: Open 9am-5pm, Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day. Open 8am-6pm, Boxing Day. 
  • Marketown: East Open 9am-5pm - West 10am-4pm, Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day. East & West Open 10am-4pm, Boxing Day. 
  • Stockland Jesmond: Open 9am-4pm, Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day. Open 10am-4pm, Boxing Day. 
  • Stockland Greenhills: Open 8am-5pm, Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day. Open 10am-4pm, Boxing Day. 
  • Stockland Wallsend: Open 10am-4pm, Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day. Open Boxing Day. 
  • Stockland Glendale: Open 9am-530pm, Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day. Open 10am-4pm, Boxing Day.

Newcastle

  • Council Offices: Closed from noon Fri, until Tue, Jan. 2.
  • Garbage collection: None Christmas Day, all services one day later until Mon, Jan 1.
  • Beaches: Normal patrols.
  • Ocean Baths: All open as normal.
  • Pools: All open except Christmas Day.
  • Libraries: All closed from noon Fri, until Tue, Jan. 2 (except Newcastle City & Wallsend which open Thurs, Dec 28 - Sat, Dec 30 as normal).
  • Blackbutt reserve: Open as normal, wildlife exhibits and info kiosk closed Christmas Day.
  • Newcastle Museum: Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day. Open 10am-5pm all other days.
  • Newcastle Art Gallery: Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day. Open 10am-5pm all other days.
  • Fort Scratchley Historic Site: Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day, open 10am-4pm other days.
Redhead Beach, Newcastle. Photo: Simone De Peak

Redhead Beach, Newcastle. Photo: Simone De Peak

Lake Macquarie

  • Council offices: Closed from noon Fri, until Tue, Jan 2.
  • Works Depot: Closed Fri, until Tue, Jan 2.
  • Garbage collection: None Christmas Day, all services one day later until Mon, Jan 1.
  • Awaba Waste Management Facility: Closed Christmas Day.
  • Beaches: Normal patrols.
  • Pools: All pools closed from 4pm Fri, and Xmas day.
  • Libraries: Charlestown, Swansea and Toronto open Thursday 28 – Saturday 30 December 2017 between 10am-1pm. All other branches closed form noon Fri, until Tue, Jan. 2.
  • Lake Macquarie Art Gallery: Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day. V
  • Visitor Info Centre: Closed Christmas Day.
Photo: Max Mason-Hubers

Photo: Max Mason-Hubers

Cessnock

  • Council Offices: Closed from noon Fri, until Tue, Jan. 2.
  • Garbage collection: None Christmas Day, all services one day later until Mon, Jan 1.
  • Waste Re-use Centre: Closed Christmas Day.
  • Greta Transfer Station: Closed Christmas Day.
  • Pools: Cessnock & Branxton: Closed Christmas Day, Kurri Kurri: Closed Christmas Day, restricted hours other days. Libraries: Closed from noon Fri, until Tue, Jan. 2.
  • Performing Arts Centre: Closed from 2pm Fri, until Mon, Jan. 8.
  • Hunter Valley Visitors Centre: Closed Christmas Day only.
Photo: Marina Neil

Photo: Marina Neil

Port Stephens

  • Council Offices: Closed from Christmas Day to Tue, Jan. 2.
  • Garbage Collection: Services collected as normal.
  • Salamander Bay Transfer Station: Closed from 2pm Fri, re-open 7am Wed, Dec. 27.
  • Newline Road Waste Facility: Closed Christmas Eve, open 7am-3pm both Christmas Day & Boxing Day.
  • Beaches: Partols as normal.
  • Pools: All closed Christmas Day. Libraries: Closed from 2pm Fri, until Tue, Jan. 2. (Tilligerry closed until Mon, Jan. 15). Visitor Info Centre: Closed Christmas Day.
  • Children’s Services Admin Office: Closed from 4:30pm Fri, until Tue, Jan. 2.
Member for Paterson Meryl Swanson with Harry and Lachlan Milgate at the opening of Stockland Green Hills. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Member for Paterson Meryl Swanson with Harry and Lachlan Milgate at the opening of Stockland Green Hills. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Maitland

  • Council Offices: Closed from 1pm Fri, until Tue, Jan. 2.
  • Works Depot: Closed from 1pm Fri, until Tue, Jan. 2.
  • Garbage Collection: None Christmas Day, all services one day later.
  • Mt Vincent Road Waste Management Centre: Closed Christmas Day.
  • Pools: Closed from 4pm Sun, re-open 11am Boxing Day.
  • Libraries: Closed from 1pm Sat, until Tue, Jan. 2.
  • Maitland Regional Art Gallery: Closed from 3pm Sun, until 10am Wed, Dec. 27.
  • Visitor Info Centre: Closed Christmas Day.
  • Maitland Gaol: Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day.
Photo: Max Mason-Hubers

Photo: Max Mason-Hubers

Chemists

  • Docs Megasave Pharmacy (Newcastle West): Open 8am to midnight, Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day.
  • Strachans Pharmacy (New Lambton): Open 8am-9pm, Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day. Open 8am-9pm, Boxing Day.
  • Darby Street Pharmacy (Cooks Hill): Open 8am-8pm, Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day. Open 8am-8pm, Boxing Day.
  • Chemist Works (Glendale): Open 8am to midnight, Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day. Open 10am-4pm, Boxing Day.
  • Tenambit Pharmacy: Open 9am-5pm, Christmas Eve. Open 9am to noon, Christmas Day. Open 9am-1pm, Boxing Day.
  • Myall Pharmacy (Hawks Nest): Open 830am-6pm, Christmas Eve. Open 9am to noon, Christmas Day. Open 830am-6pm, Boxing Day.
  • Myall Pharmacy (Tea Gardens): Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & Boxing Day.
  • Discount Drug Store (Nelson Bay): Open 9am-2pm, Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day.

Medical & Emergency

  • GP Access: after hours medical services 1300 130 147.
  • Emergency: Ambulance, fire brigade and police as usual on 000.
  • State Emergency Service: 132 500.