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Flicks On The Green Head to the historic Grays Inn Garden, Wollombi, for a screening of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet. Panino Caffè & Restaurant have put together a three-course Venetian feast for guests to enjoy on the night. Cost is $60 for dinner and movie. On January 14 Phillip Noyce’s Rabbit Proof Fence will be screened, featuring a Q&A with the director. Movie and dinner packages can be booked by phoning 4998 3483 or 0416 245 655.

Pups In The Park 2016 8am to noon, Lambton Park. Free sausage sizzle for dog owners; information and giveaways;  take a photo of your pup with Santa; prize for the best dressed dog; and free microchipping available to Newcastle residents only (proof of address is required).

Kiwanis Charity Christmas Trees 7am onwards. Real Christmas trees for sale at three local locations: top of City Road, Adamstown Heights; 161 Macquarie Road, Cardiff; and near the Lions Park, lake end of Glad Gunson Drive, Eleebana. $50 each. Proceeds assist children’s charities.

TAL SpotChecker Saturday and Sunday, Bar Beach. Free professional skin-checks by a GP through specialty life insurer, TAL. Anyone interested can pre-register at talspotchecker.com.au. Limited places will also be made available for walk-ins over the weekend.

Carols On Our Green 5.30pm to 9.30pm, Tilligerry RSL Sports Club grounds. With special guests Gina Jeffreys, Troy Kemp, Tommy Contor, Max Jackson and hosts Lyn Bowtell and Karen O’Shea, plus performances from local community groups and a visit from Santa. Fireworks at 9pm. Food and beverages available. Entry $2. 

2298 Community Garage Sale  7am to 1pm, 2a Platt Street, Waratah. Organised by the Waratah/Mayfield Multicultural Men's Shed and the Waratah/Mayfield Diversity Garden.

Book Fair 10am to 3pm, Bull N Bush Hotel, 37 Ferodale Road, Medowie. Run by Medowie Lions Club.

Carols In The Park 6pm to 9.15pm, Wallsend Park, Thomas Street, Wallsend.

Christmas Race Night 6.30pm to 11pm, Newcastle Jockey Club. Limited tables available in Pacers Restaurant for a three-course seafood buffet and live music, or go trackside for all the action.

WWE NXT 7.30pm, Newcastle Entertainment Centre. Wrestling stars from all walks of life compete in the ring.  


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

Sanctuary Carols by Candlelight 5pm to 9pm, Kurraka Reserve Oval, Sanctuary, Fletcher. Milton Ward’s Swinging 10 Jazz Combo band will perform and there will be visits from Daisy the Clown, Minmi Fire Brigade’s Big Red Truck, Big Dog, Santa and more. Bring a picnic rug and coins to purchase LED flicker lights, lollies, wands, rides and programs.

Wangi Carols 5pm to 9pm, Dobell Park, Wangi Wangi. Food stalls, novelty market stalls, amusement rides and Santa will arrive in the NSW Fire & Rescue truck to distributes lollies.

Carols at Avondale School 6.30pm to 9pm, 119 Avondale Road, Cooranbong. Food, beverages and glow candles will be available for purchase on the night.


Newcastle Herald – Newcastle Permanent Carols By Candlelight on December 16 at King Edward Park. Performances by Hunter Singers, Bella Voce, Susan Jon Rose and James Cassar. The event starts at 5.30pm and carols will commence at 7pm. Get in early to secure a great spot, take advantage of free carnival rides and soak in the atmosphere. Free car parking is available in King Street (East) Car Park supported by a free shuttle service from 5.30pm to 9.30pm. Entry is free.


Lake Mac Markets Saturday, 9am to 2pm, 32 Sixth Street (Baptist church), Boolaroo.

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

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

The Impossible Christmas Pop-Up Market Saturday, 11am to 3pm, The Rooftop at Westfield Kotara.

Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market Saturday, 8am to 1pm, Speers Point Park. 

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

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

Puggles Babies & Kids Market Sunday, 9am to 1pm, PCYC at the corner of Young and Melbourne roads, Broadmeadow.  Market stalls and children’s activities. 

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

The Impossible Christmas Market Sunday, 4pm to 9pm, The Edwards, Newcastle West. 

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

Sacred Tree Markets Sunday, 9am to 2pm, Morpeth Public School.

Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 8am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow. 

Wollombi Village Market Sunday, 9am to 3pm, corner of The Wollombi Road and Great North Road, Wollombi. 


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. Until December 18.

Lake Macquarie City Gallery Saltwater Country. Until January 29. Lake Macquarie: Living Cultures. Until March 12. Also, Soul Food: The Dance of Life, 10.30am to noon, Sunday.

Gallery 139 Director’s Choice. Until December 24. 

Finite Gallery Genteel Ladies’ and Tea Society. Until December 18. 

Art Systems Wickham You’ll Fest ’16. Until December 24.

Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre Waratah Brass and the Newcastle PCYC Brass Band present 'A Little Bit of Christmas' at the Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre at Warners Bay. Tickets at the door: adults $20, concession $15, Friends of Waratah / PCYC $12.50, children free. 1pm to 3.30pm. Sunday

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.

Watt Space Gallery Exhibition by graduating students from the Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours). Ends Saturday. 

Old Fire Shed Gallery It’s New Art. Saturday and Sunday, Wollombi. 


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, until December 17.

National College of Dance Premiere of new work, The Modern Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, developed from May Gibbs’ stories, and As Time Goes By. Civic Theatre, Saturday at 7.30pm.

WOW Fest 2016: With Friends Like These Hunter drama students take to the stage in this performance festival, some treading the boards for the first time and others very experienced. Civic Playhouse, nightly to Saturday at 7.30pm.


Culture Club play at Hope Estate on Saturday.

Culture Club play at Hope Estate on Saturday.

5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Sean Andrews.

Adamstown Uniting Church Sunday, The D Majors.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Outerphase. Sunday, Duncan Woods.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Jamie Martens Duo.

Bar Petite Friday, GW Freebird. Saturday, DJ Nicolas. Sunday, DJ Perry.

Battlesticks Bar – Scratchley’s On The Wharf Friday, Georgina Grimshaw, Little Cents. Saturday, Codi Kaye, Kiani Sansom. Sunday, Pana, Nicko.

Bay Hotel Saturday, KISStory The Australian KISS Tribute Show.

Beach Hotel Saturday, Bandoke. Sunday, The New Black Shades.

Bellbird Hotel Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Belmont 16s Friday, Todd McKenney, Daniel Arvidson. Saturday, The Ted Mulry Gang, Ryan Daley. Sunday, James Osborn.

Belmont Bowling Club Sunday, The Jungle Kings.

Belmont Hotel Saturday, The Way.

Belmont Sporties Saturday, Callum and Dave.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Pelican Romance.

Beresfield Bowling Club Friday, Alias. Saturday, Motown Magic. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.

Blackbutt Hotel Friday, Sarah Christine. Saturday, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

The Bradford Friday, Counterpart. Saturday, Frog. Sunday, Kelly Hope.

Burwood Inn Friday, Ngariki. Saturday, Dane Fitzsimmons.

Cambridge Hotel Friday, Salmonella Dub, The Mighty Asterix, Rayah 45, Sub Tribe.

Cardiff RSL Club Friday, Jackson Halliday. Saturday, Gen-X.

Catho Pub Saturday, Jacinta. Sunday, Smokin Rosie.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Friday, Tim Harding. Saturday, Hayden Johns.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Southern Under Stars.

Cessnock Leagues Club Friday, Holly Wilson. Saturday, The Gaudrys.

Charlestown Bowling Club Friday, Frick N Orson. Saturday, Damien.

Charlestown Golf Club Sunday, Pistol Pete.

Clarendon Hotel Friday, Dave Owen.

Club Kotara Friday, Dave Carter.

Club Lemon Tree Friday, The Smarts. Saturday, Boney Rivers.

Club Maitland City Friday, Jim Overend.

Commercial Hotel Boolaroo Friday, Lee Rolfe.

Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Friday, Outerphase. Saturday, Whiskey Business. Sunday, Junior and Luana.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Friday, Brien McVernon. Saturday, Roxy. Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, The Amazing Schooner Heads.

Crown & Anchor Hotel Saturday, Jason Bone.

Customs House Friday, Max Jackson. Saturday, Devultra. Sunday, Kaylah Anne.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Mark Wells.

D'Albora Marina Saturday, Mick Jones. Sunday, Kylie Jane.

Denman Hotel Saturday, Lennie Live. Sunday, Dean Dee.

Duke Of Wellington Friday, Dr. Zoom Duo. Saturday, Greg Bryce & The Bad Bad Things.

East Maitland Bowling Club Friday, Gen-X. Saturday, Tommy Gun. Sunday, Andrew G.

Edgeworth Tavern Friday, Roar Boar. Saturday, Ash Mountain.

Erringhi Hotel Saturday, Ian Henry.

Family Hotel Maitland Friday, Allan Freihaut. Saturday, Pat Vs Cat. Sunday, Michael Passfield.

Finnegans Saturday, The Faders. 

FogHorn Brewhouse Friday, Anyerin. Saturday, Jacob & Laura.

Gallipoli Legion Club Saturday, Trancemission.

Gateshead Tavern Friday, Duplexity. Sunday, Frets With Benefits. 

George Tavern Friday, Todd Schmoo. Saturday, Kristen Lane.

Grain Store Saturday, Tim Rossington. Sunday, Truman Smith.

Grand Junction Hotel Friday, The Pornskas.

Great Northern Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones.

Greenroof Hotel Friday, Ashley Knight. Saturday, Matt McLaren. Sunday, AK Morris, Max Jackson.

Greta Workers Club Friday, Whiskey Business.

Gunyah Hotel Friday, Janey’s Alibi. Saturday, Kings Of Kong. Sunday, Zane Penn.

​Hamilton Station Hotel Friday, Black Rheno, Path Of Victory, PurEnvy, Billabong Of Blood. 

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Banddits, Gen-R-8.

Honeysuckle Hotel Friday, Mark Wells. Saturday, Hurricane Fall.

Hope Estate Saturday, Culture Club, 1927, Pseudo Echo, Kids in The Kitchen, Wa Wa Nee, Real Life.

Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Marissa.

Hotel Delany Friday, Sean Andrews, The Fedz. Saturday, Big Night Out.

Hotel Jesmond Friday, The Remedy.

Iron Horse Inn Friday, Spank N The Monkey.

Jewells Tavern Friday, Soundabout. Saturday, The Years. Sunday, The Gracetones.

The Junction Hotel Friday, Gareth Hudson.

Junction Inn Raymond Terrace Friday, Kaylah Anne.

Kent Hotel Friday, Kristen Lane. Saturday, Disco Biscuits. Sunday, Giant Blues Band.

King Street Hotel Friday, Ministry Of Sound Sessions Tour ft. Komes. Saturday, Uberjak’d, One Day Block Party ft. Joyride, Nick Lupi, Jayteehazard and DJ Encore.

Lake Macquarie Tavern Friday, Beth Gleeson.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Friday, Ian Henry.

The Landing Saturday, Beth Gleeson.

Lass O’Gowrie Friday, Ravaged, Southern End, Zappo. Saturday, Big Chief & The Bottle Openers, PALS, Altai. Sunday, Pucko & Friends.

Lizotte’s Saturday, The Black Sorrows, Dexter Moore. Sunday, The Voice Studio Newcastle. 

Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Bobby C.

Lucky Hotel Friday, Alessandro. Saturday, The New Cool. Sunday, Adriana Mac.

Mark Hotel Saturday, Overtone. Sunday, The Years.

Mary Ellen Friday, The Steves. Saturday, Phase III. Sunday, Mark Wells.

Maryland Tavern Friday, Daniel Arvidson. Saturday, The Crawford Brothers. 

Mavericks On The Bay Friday, Zane Penn. Saturday, Mike Horbacz. Sunday, Greg Bryce.

Mavericks On Darby Friday, Arley Black. Saturday, Jason Bone, Brien McVernon.

Mayfield Hotel Friday, Greg Bryce.

Merewether Surfhouse Sunday, Jerome.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Friday, 4 Letter Word. Saturday, Snape Trilogy. Sunday, Roxy.

Murray’s Brewery Saturday, James Osborn. Sunday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Nag’s Head Hotel Friday, Howard Shearman. Saturday, The Blues Bombers.

Neath Hotel Saturday, The Tantrums.

Nelson Bay Diggers Friday, Phonic. Saturday, Kevin O’Hara. Sunday, The Andy Show.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Ty.

Newcastle Leagues Club – The Vault Friday, Hazmat, Terrorential, Wartooth, PurEnvy, Nekrology.

Northern Star Hotel Friday, Mark Wood. Saturday, Brent Murphy.

Pedens Cessnock Friday, James Naldo. Saturday, Redline.

Pippis At The Point Friday, Kylie Jane, Banddits. Saturday, The Remedy. Sunday, Jerome.

Potters Brewery Friday, Chad Shuttleworth.

The Pourhouse Saturday, James Naldo.

Premier Hotel Saturday, John Larder. Sunday, Anthology. 

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Phonic. Sunday, Mike Horbacz.

Queens Arms Hotel Saturday, Spank N The Monkey.

Queens Wharf Hotel Friday, Matt Meler. Saturday, Kaylah Anne, Alessandro. Sunday, Marissa.

Railway Hotel Cessnock Friday, Hendo.

Rathmines Bowling Club Sunday, Kempy.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Karen O’Shea.

River Royal Inn Morpeth Friday, Andy Abra. Saturday, Shawn Lidster. Sunday, Tiali.

Royal Exchange Sunday, Andrew Clermont & Rachel Johnston.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Friday, Evergreen. Saturday, Kristy James.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Jamie Martens Duo.

Royal Inn Waratah Friday, Phil McKnight.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Friday, Junior and Luana. Saturday, League Of Legends. Sunday, Mick and Annie.

Salamander Shores Friday, The V Dubs.

Seabreeze Hotel Friday, The Way. Sunday, Jacinta.

Shortland Hotel Friday, Damien. Saturday, The Steves.

Small Ballroom Friday, Unwritten Law, Runaway Kids, Mixtape For The Drive. Saturday, Savilian, Relevant, Talakai, Dawn Laird, LCD, Tyrone, Ruku, XK Wolves. 

Snake Gully Hotel Friday, Dean Kyrwood. Saturday, The Shedmasters.

Spinning Wheel Hotel Friday, Beau Hatch.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Friday, Phil Barlow & The Wolf. Saturday, 19 Twenty. Sunday, Tullara.

Star Hotel Friday, DJ Benny B. Saturday, Tre Soul.

Station Hotel Kurri Kurri Saturday, Deborah Sinclair.

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, The Flattrakers.

Sunnyside Tavern Saturday, Ashley Knight.

Swansea Hotel Saturday, Zane Penn.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Bounce.

Tea Gardens Country Club Saturday, CJ and Sam.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Jon Matthews.

Tilligerry RSL Friday, Mardmax. Saturday, Duncan Woods.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, The 40 Up Club.

Toronto Hotel Sunday, Boney Rivers.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Mardmax. Sunday, Brooke Harvey.

Town Hall Hotel Friday, John Larder. Saturday, Michael Bryers.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Friday, Deborah Sinclair, Jake Davey. Saturday, Robbie T. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Wangi Hotel Saturday, Lee Rolfe. Sunday, James Naldo.

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Friday, Kristy James. Sunday, Jon Matthews.

Warners At The Bay Friday, Twinsanity. Saturday, Cruzers.

Warners Bay Foreshore Friday, The Levymen.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Anyerin, Holly Wilson.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, Misbehave.

Wests City Saturday, Boy & Bear.

Wests New Lambton Friday, The Rattle. Saturday, The Rumour. Tuesday, Angamus.

West Wallsend Workers Friday, Code Red.

Wickham Park Hotel Friday, Phase III. Saturday, John Larder, Milestones. Sunday, Tim Rossington, Fishfry, Pow Wow.

Windale Gateshead Bowling Club Friday, Rock Oz.


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

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.

Bridget Jones’ Baby (M) Breaking up with Mark Darcy leaves Bridget Jones over 40 and single again. (Regal)

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 cafe 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.

Ella (G) In 2012, Ella Havelka became the first Indigenous dancer to be invited into The Australian Ballet. This moving documentary follows Ella as she explores her cultural identity and gives a glimpse into life as an elite ballet dancer.

Elle (CTC) After being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant, Michèle’s life changes forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game.

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.

From Dusk Til Dawn (R) After kidnapping a father and his two kids, the Geckos head south to a seedy Mexican bar to hide out in safety.

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.

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.

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.

Sing (G) A koala named Buster recruits his best friend to help him drum up business for his theatre by hosting a singing competition.

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week (M) Filmmaker Ron Howard examines the early years of the Beatles, from their club dates in Liverpool, England, to their concert tours in Europe and the rest of the world. (Regal)

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

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.

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.