The Herald planner has your weekend sorted


Super Saturday Westfield Kotara. Discounts, gifts with purchase, in-centre events, free entertainment and extended trading hours. 9am, 11.30am, 2pm: Waldon’s Flower Crown Workshops on The Rooftop; 9am to noon: Roaming entertainment with Mrs Claus, Balloon Bender, Christmas Caroler and Frozen’s Olaf; 9am to noon: Face painting – level 2 Play World;  9am to 6pm: Target Toy Testing Zone –  level 2 outside Target; 9am to 6pm: Christmas gift-wrapping station – level 1 near the Santa Set, gold coin donations; 9am to 6pm: Crabtree & Evelyn hand therapy treatments in store, level 2. 

A Day On The Green Bimbadgen Estate. Garbage, The Temper Trap, Tash Sultana, Adalita. Tickets though Ticketmaster.

Shirley Manson, Garbage.

Shirley Manson, Garbage.

PCYC Newcastle Garage Sale 7am to 1.30pm, corner Melbourne and Young roads, Broadmeadow. Books, bric-a-brac, bargains. Free entry. 

Art & Craft Expo 9.30am to 4pm, 32 Bathurst Street, Singleton. 

Creative Industries Expo @ The Grove 11am to 5pm, Belair Baptist Church, 130 Garden Grove Road, Adamstown. Displays and works for sale. Refreshments and BBQ lunch available.

Reptile Show 11am, Saturday and Sunday until December 31, Blackbutt Reserve, Carley Avenue, Kotara. Cost $2.50 per person, tickets at kiosk.  

Christmas Lights Spectacular 6.30pm to 10pm, Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin, until January 26.

Silent Disco at Sunset Gather Markets 6pm to 9pm, Gregson Park, Hamilton. More than 1000 headsets available; three DJs playing everything from classic sing-along songs from pop, dance and hip-hop to indie and rock classics. Walk-up tickets are available from $10 per headset.


Bikers For Kids Newcastle Toy Run 8am to 2pm. The Toy Run begins with participating riders assembling at Ballast Park in Stockton from 8am, and a run departure time of 10am sharp, finishing at the Newcastle Foreshore parklands.

Christmas Fun Day – NSW Bull Terrier Rescue 10am to 4pm, dog showground, Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough.  Games, prizes, raffles and a BBQ. All breeds welcome (must be friendly and on a lead).

Bee Mentor 2pm, Estabar. Meet beekeeper Kelly Lees and ask questions about how to encourage bees or keep bees in your backyard. 

Carols In The Park 4pm onwards, Islington Park. Children’s activities including a jumping castle, helium balloons, craft tent and face painting; free BBQ; live performances from 6pm. Bring a picnic rug and your singing voices. Entry is free.


Lake Macquarie Carols By Candlelight, December 11, Speers Point Park. Watch Arthur Christmas on the big screen from noon, followed by entertainment from local talent schools. There will be free kids’ activities all day before Darren Percival and Wendy Mathews kick off the evening concert at 6.30pm. Fireworks display from 9pm.


The Olive Tree Market – Christmas Market Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Civic Park, Newcastle. 

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

Raymond Terrace Community Markets Saturday, 2.30pm to 7.15pm, Riverside Park. Children’s activities, Santa, market stalls, carols, live music and more.

Lookout Markets Saturday, 9am to 2pm, Smith Street Scout Hall, Newcastle. 

Sunset Gather Markets Saturday, 6pm to 9pm, Gregson Park, Hamilton. 

Clocktower Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, James Street Plaza, Hamilton.

Hunter Wine Country Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, Lovedale. 

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

Adamstown Lions Club Markets Sunday, 7am to 1pm, corner of Brunker and Glebe roads, Adamstown.

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

Maitland Markets Sunday, 8am to 2pm, Maitland Showground. 


Finite Gallery The Caves Beach Genteel Ladies’ Painting & Tea Society Inaugural Exhibition. Until December 18.

Cooks Hill Galleries Eclectica, by Rod Bathgate; All The Time, by Jane Parkes. Until December 18. 

Arts Systems Wickham The Art of Children, by Islington Public School students. Ends Sunday. 

Newcastle University Choir’s Christmas at the Movies Sunday, 2pm, Great Hall, University of Newcastle. Bring a non-perishable gift for someone who needs some Christmas cheer. 

The Lock Up Saturday, 10am to 4pm. Contemporary Printmakers Demonstration Artists will share their individual approaches with contemporary printmaking techniques. This will include soft ground etching techniques, layered screenprinting and plaster casting a printmaking plate.

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. 

Gallery 139 Sodamolly: Feed The Monsters of Love (The Slow Post), by Kristian Glynn and Colleen Hoad. Ends Saturday.

cstudios Art Gallery  Collagraphs, paintings and prints by Joyce Clulow; Textiles by Janet Steele. Ends Sunday. 

Acrux Art Gallery After & Since Before, by Libby Eckersley; Echo of Words, by Mojgan Habibi. Ends Saturday.

John Earle Gallery Paintings of Newcastle’s coastline.

Newcastle Art Space G1 & G2: Life Drawing Group Show.

Wollombi Sculpture in the Vineyards This free public exhibition is open 10am to 5pm, seven days a week. Sculptures will be displayed in the village of Wollombi and Stonehurst Cedar Creek, Wollombi Wines, Wollombi Village Vineyard, Undercliff Winery and Noyce Brothers Wines. All works are for sale. Ends Sunday.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Saltwater Country; Lake Macquarie: Living Cultures. Until January 29.

Lovett Gallery Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition 2016. Until February 25.

Watt Space Gallery Exhibition by graduating students from the Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours). Until December 10.


Dystopia Double A Clockwork Orange: A Play with Music, by Anthony Burgess, and 1984, adapted from George Orwell’s novel. Hunter TAFE’s Regional Institute of Performing Arts acting diploma students in two classic stories set in unsettling futures. Civic Playhouse, Friday and Saturday, at 7.30pm.

Disney’s Winnie the Pooh Kids Pooh Bear and his friends join forces to rescue Christopher Robin from a Hundred Acre Wood invader; children’s musical. Young People’s Theatre, Hamilton. Saturday 2pm and 5pm.

Festive Spirit Patience and sanity are tested when a family gets together for a Christmas celebration; new comedy by Newcastle’s Sally Davies. Newcastle Theatre Company, Lambton. Friday and Saturday 2pm.

Nunsensations! The Nunsense Vegas Revue A group of nuns are offered a large contribution to their school fund if they will perform in Las Vegas; musical by Dan Goggin. Maitland Repertory Theatre. Meal plus show performances on Friday and Saturday at 6.45pm and Sunday at 12.45pm.

WOW Fest 2016: With Friends Like These All Hunter drama students take to the stage in this performance festival, with some treading the boards for the first time and others very experienced. Nightly from Monday to Saturday, December 10, at 7.30pm.


5 Sawyers Friday, DJ Shots Fired. Saturday, DJ 88. Sunday, AK Morris.

Adamstown Uniting Church Sunday, Sally Whitwell & The Hunter Singers.

Albion Hotel Singleton Friday, James Naldo.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Duplexity. Sunday, Pistol Pete.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, The Way.

Bar Petite Friday, Brien McVernon. Saturday, Ron Knight. Sunday, DJ Perry.

Battlesticks Bar – Scratchley’s On The Wharf Friday, Pana, Nicko. Saturday, Allon, Dan Southward. Sunday, Wesley’s Edge, Mark Wood. 

Beach Hotel Saturday, The James Thomson Band. Sunday, D.Love.

Belmont 16s Friday, Original Sin – INXS show, Emily Smith, Wayne & The Wanderers. Saturday, Bobby C, The Years. Sunday, Norm Bakker, James Naldo.

Belmont Bowling Club Saturday, The V Dubs.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Loko.

Beresfield Bowling Club Friday, Redline. Saturday, Melbourne Street. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.

Bimbadgen Saturday A Day On The Green ft. Garbage (US), The Temper Trap, The Preatures, Tash Sultana, Adalita.

Blackbutt Hotel Friday, Georgina Grimshaw. Saturday, Hornet.

Boatrowers Hotel Saturday, Roxy.

The Bradford Friday, Alias Duo. Saturday, Lennie and Carter. Sunday, Georgina Grimshaw.

Cambridge Hotel Friday, Ne Obliviscaris, The Ocean (Ger), The Seer (Glass House), Mesa Cosa (Warehouse). Saturday, No-Fi Christmas – Raave Tapes, Pals, Vacations, Voodoo Youth, Wavevom, Feels Club, Grouse, Custom Sluts. Tuesday, Anti Flag (US), Scott Reynolds.

Cardiff RSL Club Friday, Matt Scullion. Saturday, Something From Nothing - The Foo Fighters Show.

Catho Pub Saturday, Crazy Stone Cult. Sunday, Hurricane Fall.

Caves Beach Hotel Friday, The Radiators. Saturday, Sold DJs. Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Beth Gleeson. Saturday, Matt Gaudry,

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Lee Rolfe. Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Cessnock Leagues Club Friday, The Andy Show. Saturday, Hummdinger.

Charlestown Bowling Club Friday, Soul Play. Saturday, Jon Matthews.

Clarendon Hotel Friday, Matt McLaren.

Club Kotara Saturday, Code Red.

Club Lemon Tree Friday, Let Loose. Saturday, Stephen Boyd.

Club Maitland City Friday, Boney Rivers.

Colliery Inn Saturday, Duncan Woods.

Commercial Hotel Boolaroo Friday, Jacinta. Sunday, Duncan Woods.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Friday, Murray Byfield. Saturday, Daisy Train.

The Commons Friday, Jason Lowe.

Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Saturday, The Zillers. Sunday, Frets With Benefits.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Friday, Ron Knight. Saturday, Darren. Sunday, Jerome.

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Three Of A Kind.

Customs House Friday, Marissa. Saturday, Alessandro. Sunday, Howard Shearman.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Marissa.

D'Albora Marina Saturday, Mike Horbacz. Sunday, Darren.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Jamie Martens.

Duke Of Wellington Friday, The Rattle. Saturday, Trancemission.

East Maitland Bowling Club Friday, Solid Gold Party. Saturday, The Remedy. Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth,

Edgeworth Bowling Club Friday, The Ultimate Pink Show.

Edgeworth Tavern Friday, The Leadbellies. Saturday, Trataka.

Family Hotel Maitland Friday, Kristen Lane Duo. Saturday, CJ and Sam. Sunday, Louis Burt.

Finnegans Saturday, DJ J Smoove, MC Bones.

FogHorn Brewhouse Friday, Matt Semmens. Saturday, Tim Broadway, India. Sunday, Gleny Rae Virus & Her Bluegrass Playboys.

Gallipoli Legion Club Friday,  Old Mate & The Love Handles.

Gateshead Tavern Friday, Brindle Pigs. Sunday, Whiskey Business Duo.

George Tavern Friday, Damien. Saturday, Mardmax.

Grain Store Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Great Northern Hotel Saturday, Grace Ellen.

Greenroof Hotel Friday, Jake Davey. Saturday, Jason Bone. Sunday, Howard Shearman.

Gunyah Hotel Friday, The Steves. Saturday, All Access 80s. Sunday, Phonic.

​Hamilton Station Hotel Friday, Smoking Martha. Sunday, Jen Buxton.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Greg Bryce.

Honeysuckle Hotel Friday, Prestige Inc. Saturday, Mark Wells. Sunday, Mike Vee, CrocQ.

Hotel Delany Friday, Surian, Sunday’s Record. Saturday, 4 Letter Word.

Hotel Jesmond Friday, Deuce.

Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Grand Theft Audio.

Jewells Tavern Friday, R n R. Saturday, The Big Bang. Sunday, Bobby C.

The Junction Hotel Friday, Kylie Jane.

Junction Inn Friday, Pistol Pete.

Khartoum Hotel Saturday, Damien.

King Street Hotel Friday, Jesabel. 

Lake Macquarie Tavern Friday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Friday, Greg Sherar.

Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday, Rock Oz.

Lambton Park Hotel Saturday, Floyd Vincent & Dave Marsalis.

The Landing Saturday, Emily Smith. Sunday, Ty.

Lass O’Gowrie Friday, Horror Business, Delta Lions, The Cities. Saturday, Dirt Track Demons, Picture Perfect, Aureus. Sunday, Jason Lowe, Lennie Tranter & The Bagism Revelation, Morgana Osaki, Black Lung Cartel, Annie O'Dee & The Hotshots, Helana Kitley, Milli Casey.

Lizotte’s Friday, Bowie Unzipped. Saturday, ABBASBACK. Sunday, Bella Voce (lunch), Matt Andersen (Can), Shaun Kirk (dinner).

Lucky Hotel Sunday, Kylie Jane.

Mark Hotel Saturday, Hurricane Fall. Sunday, The Jungle Kings.

Mary Ellen Friday, Janey’s Albii. Saturday, Chips n Gravy. Sunday, Phil McKnight.

Maryville Tavern Saturday, Jamie Martens.

Mattara Hotel Friday, Hayden Johns.

Mavericks On The Bay Friday, Howard Shearman. Saturday, Kaylah Anne. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Mavericks On Darby Friday, The Advocates. Saturday, Dave Owen, Zane Penn.

Merewether Surfhouse Sunday, Kylie Jane.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Friday, GenR8. Saturday, Alias. Sunday, Greg Bryce.

Murray’s Brewery Friday, Amy Fredes. Saturday, James Osborn, Dean Kyrwood. Sunday, Adam Gear.

Nag’s Head Hotel Friday, Mick Jones. Saturday, The New Cool.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Reg Sinclair.

Nelson Bay Diggers Friday, The Gracetones. Saturday, The Levymen.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Love That Hat.

Newcastle Leagues Club – The Vault Saturday, Darkc3ll, Mucho Sonar, Noveaux, Hemina.

Northern Star Hotel Friday, Wesley’s Edge. Saturday, John Larder.

Pedens Cessnock Friday, Kaylah Anne.

Pippis At The Point Friday, Darren Gould, TK. Saturday, The Steves. Sunday, Damien.

Potters Brewery Friday, Black Saban.

The Pourhouse Saturday, Georgina Grimshaw.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Four To The Floor. Sunday, Shivoo.

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Kempy. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Queens Wharf Hotel Friday, Timmy Coffey. Saturday, Kylie Jane, Surian. Sunday, Jake Davey.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Zane Penn.

River Royal Inn Morpeth Friday, Tim Usher. Saturday, Deborah Sinclair. Sunday, Kelly Hope.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Friday, Hummingbirds. Saturday, Outlaw Avenue.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, To The Floor.

Royal Inn Waratah Friday, Jayde Corner.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, The Fruittrees.

Rutherford Hotel Friday, Todd Schmoo.

Salamander Tavern Saturday, Phil McKnight.

Seabreeze Hotel Friday, Gary King. Sunday, Tiali.

Seven Seas Hotel Saturday, Holly Wilson.

Shortland Hotel Friday, Dave Carter. Saturday, Mick Jones.

Singleton Diggers Friday, Callum And Dave.

Small Ballroom Friday, Julia Jacklin, Morning TV, Ainsley Farrell. Saturday, Graves, Kublai Khan, Justice For The Damned, Cursed Earth, Staunch.

Snake Gully Hotel Friday, Dave Owen. Saturday, Defaced.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Friday, Purple Hearts. Saturday, INXS tribute – Live Baby Live.

Spinning Wheel Hotel Friday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Friday, Method ft. Bill Jacobi. Saturday, Liam Gerner, The Sunset Pushers. Sunday, Matt Stillert.

Star Hotel Friday, DJ Benny B. Saturday, Love That Hat.

Swansea Hotel Thursday, Kylie Jane. Saturday, Mike Horbacz.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Rock Factor.

Tea Gardens Country Club Saturday, Callum and Dave.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Extreme Mobile Entertainment.

Tilligerry RSL Friday, The Way. Saturday, James Naldo.

Toronto Diggers Friday, Danny Marx Young Band.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Pistol Pete. Sunday, Kaylah Anne.

Town Hall Hotel Friday, Kevin O'Hara. Saturday, Loren Ryan.

University of Newcastle  The Great Hall Sunday, Newcastle University Choir presents Christmas At The Movies.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Friday, Layth Gunn. Saturday, Greg Bryce. Sunday, Kempy.

Wangi Hotel Sunday, Layth Gunn.

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Friday, Mark Lee. Sunday, Brent Murphy.

Warners At The Bay Friday, The Remedy. Saturday, The Rumour.

Warners Bay Foreshore Friday, The Gaudrys. 

Warners Bay Hotel Friday, DJ Yella & Lil Easy-E.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Melody Feder, Dave McCredie.

Weston Workers Friday, Old Time Dance ft That’s Rhythm. Saturday, Solid Gold Party Night.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, The Jungle Kings.

Wests City Friday, Leo Sayer.

Wests New Lambton Friday, Tre Soul. Saturday, Snape Trilogy. Sunday, Mark Wells. Tuesday, Angamus.

Wickham Park Hotel Friday, DV8 (album launch). Saturday, Sunhill Drive, Kings Of Kong. Sunday, Kenny Jewell, Steve Edmonds Band.

Windale Gateshead Bowling Club Friday, Snape Trilogy.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Karen O’Shea.


Arrival (M) After alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine if they come in peace.

Bad Santa 2 (MA) Billy Bob Thornton to the screen as everyone's favourite anti-hero, Willie Soke. Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie teams up once again with his angry little sidekick, Marcus to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve.

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)

Dark Horse (PG) An inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men's club who decide to take on the elite 'sport of kings' and breed themselves a racehorse. (Regal)

Doctor Strange (M) A brilliant, but arrogant and conceited surgeon, learns to defend the world against evil.

Dough (M) An old Jewish baker sees his struggling business boom when his young apprentice accidentally drops marijuana into the dough. (Regal)

Elle (M) Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a leading video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle’s life forever.

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.

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.

Moana (PG) A young woman uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island. Joining her on the adventure is her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui.

One More Time With Feeling (M) A documentary about the recording of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' 16th studio album, Skeleton Tree, in the aftermath of the death of Cave's 15-year-old son Arthur.

Queen Of Katwe (PG) The world of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, becoming an international champion.

Sunset Song (M) With World War I brewing and her family scattered across the countryside, a Scottish farm girl struggles to find her way. (Regal)

The Accountant (MA) A forensic accountant un-cooks the books for illicit clients.

The Founder (M) The story of McDonald's founder, Ray Kroc.

The Girl on the Train (MA) Rachel spends her daily commute fantasising about the couple who live in a house that her train passe, until she sees something shocking. (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.

The Met Opera: Don Giovanni (E) Simon Keenlyside makes his Met role debut as the unrepentant seducer in Michael Grandage’s staging of Mozart’s masterpiece.

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.

Up For Love (M) When a successful lawyer gets a call from the man who found her mobile phone, she is immediately affected by his charm.

Your Name (CTC) Two high school kids who've never met - city boy Taki and country girl Mitsuha - are united through their dreams.