Enjoy your weekend with a little help from the Herald


Hyundai A-League Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne City. McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow. Kick-off 7.50pm. 

Dogs in Open Spaces Strategy Community Sessions Newcastle City Council wants to talk to you about your needs, issues and ideas for “dog off leash” areas across Newcastle. Have your say on Saturday at: Islington Park, 9.30am and 11.30am; Ballast Ground Reserve, Stockton, 2pm and 4pm. And on Sunday at: Dixon Park, Merewether, 7am and 10am; Upper Reserve, off Barney Street, Wallsend, 2pm and 4pm.

Christmas Wreath Workshop 9.30am to 11.30am, Ulinga Park Community Hall, 1a Lodwick Lane, Cardiff South. Cardiff Area Sustainable Neighbourhood Group. All materials supplied. Register at sustainableneighbourhoods.org.au/christmas-wreath-making.

Christmas Lights Spectacular Saturday and Sunday, Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin. Until January 27.

Presents of Mind 10.30am to 1.30pm, Newcastle City Library. Upcycle Newcastle will explore ideas and create novel ways of wrapping gifts using fabric, card, paper, decorations and plastic pots. 

December Drag Battles 8.30pm, Gallipoli Legion Club, Hamilton. Newcastle queens perform for prize money and bragging rights in the ultimate Queen vs Queen smackdown. A fundraiser for World AIDS Day.

Potter’s Lane’s Cinema Under the Stars 6.30pm to 10.30pm, Rees James Road, Raymond Terrace. A free screening of Sing. Bring the family and a picnic rug.

Missions Car Wash Fundraiser 9am, Merewether Baptist Church. Barista-made coffee by gold coin donation, car wash costs $10. 

That Little Expo 8am to 2pm, Singleton Showground. A hand-made and artisan market hosted by That Little Art Place.

Paranormal Classroom 7pm, Miss Porter’s House, 434 King Street, Newcastle West. $45 plus booking fee at stickytickets.com.au. 

Sydney Youth Orchestra Philharmonic Saturday: 2.30pm, Muswellbrook High School. Sunday: 12.30pm, Sacred Spaces, Singleton.

Santa’s Arrival 10am at Belmont Jetty by boat. Face painting at Belmont Citi Centre, 10am to 1pm.

Frank’s Fantastic Fairy Tale 11am, Cooks Hill Galleries. Three plays: Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin and the 3-2-1 Little Pig. Suitable for four to 10-year-olds.

Swansea Public School BBQ Fundraiser 7am onwards, Bunnings Belmont.

Newcastle Pro Wrestling 6.30pm, Charlestown Bowling Club. 

Carols on the Green 6.30pm, Maitland Park Bowling Club. Free event, bring a chair or a blanket. 


Bikers For Kids - Annual Toy Run. Picture: John Turton

Bikers For Kids - Annual Toy Run. Picture: John Turton

Bikers For Kids – Annual Toy Run 10am to 3pm, Wickham Park. More than 10,000 riders are expected to assemble from 8am at Stockton Ballast Park for a Christmas convoy to Wickham Park. There will be a massive donation point for toys, market and food stalls, live music, children’s activities, tug of war matches and a roving circus. 

Christmas Carols Picnic 5.30pm, Merewether Uniting Church. All welcome. 

Grossmann House: Dressed For Christmas 10am to 3pm, 71-73 Church Street, Maitland. Devonshire tea, a Christmas stall with handcrafted items and Mrs Beckett’s jams and preserves.

Christmas Toy Raffle 7pm, Belmont 16ft Sailing Club. 

Free Art Sunday 11am to 1pm, Maitland Regional Art Gallery. Art tutors , party food and more. Free event but bookings essential: 4934 9859 or artgallery@maitland.nsw.gov.au.

Eastlakes Salvos Carols 6pm, 356 Pacific Highway, Belmont. Sausage sizzle and drinks plus free tea and coffee. Carols start at 7pm.

Family Fun Day 11am, Belmont Sporties. Face painting, jumping castle, meal deals, a toy raffle and more. 

One Song Sing 4pm, The Edwards, Parry Street, Newcastle West. Learn a song (Sorrento Moon) and perform it as part of a group. It takes just one hour.  

Community Christmas Carols 5pm, Avondale School, 119 Avondale Road, Cooranbong. Guests include former Play School host Colin Buchanan and 2013 The Voice winner Harrison Craig.


Pups in the Park is on December 16 at Lambton Park, 8am to 3pm. Bring your dog for some canine fun. There will be free giveaways, food and market stalls, information about how to be a great dog owner, and you can snap a photo of your pup with Santa. There is even a prize for the best dressed dog. Council rangers will be providing free microchipping to pets of Newcastle residents only. Proof of address is required.


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

Hunter Valley Fine Food Markets Saturday, 8.30am to 12.30pm, Tyrrell’s Wines, 1838 Broke Road, Pokolbin.

Toronto Farmers & Artisans Market Saturday, 8am to 1pm, Toronto Foreshore.

Anna Bay Community Market Saturday, 8.30am to 2pm, Baylife Church, 4236 Nelson Bay Road, Anna Bay.

Handmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday and Sunday, 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.

Morisset Showground Markets Saturday, 8am, Morisset Showground.

Broke Village Community Market Sunday, 8am to 1pm, McNamara Park, Broke. 

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

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

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

Jesmond Market  Sunday, 8am to 1pm, Heaton Birmingham Gardens Bowling Club, 48 Mordue Parade, Jesmond.


Wollombi Cultural Centre We Three, by Ross Fletcher, Bernice Holly, Michelle Loadsman. Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm. 

Wollombi Sculpture in the Vineyards Saturday and Sunday, final weekend. 

Gallery 139 Convergence, by Giselle Penn, Susan Ryman, Prue Sailer. Until December 10. 

Port Stephens Community Arts Centre Summertime People. Until January 9.

Waratah Campus – Hunter New England Health Art for Waratah: Accessibility and Visibility.

The Lock Up Transmission. Ends Sunday.

Cooks Hill Galleries Drawing The Line, John Maitland. Until December 17. Beyond Realism, by Phil Clarke. Ends Sunday.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery 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. Fiona Foley; Wild Wanton & Unimagined, by Alison MacDonald. End Sunday. 

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

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Salvaged, by Leesa Knights. Ends Sunday. 

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

Art Systems Wickham SEEing, by Andrew Shillam, Rindi Salomon. Until December 10. 

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Drawn To Print, by David Fairbairn. Art(ful) Futures: Of The Mind, by Craig Elkington, Peter Holbrook, Janet Kirtley, Joy Laloli, Tim McLean, Glenda Mears, Jade Phoenix, Lynette Reeves and Darryl Soo. Click: Schools in Focus. End Sunday. 

Timeless Textiles Down the Creek, by Judy Hooworth. Ends Sunday. 

CStudios Art Gallery The Rising Tide, by Paul Haggith. Ends Saturday. 

Watt Space Gallery Rising Tides – Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduation Exhibition. Ends Sunday.


Big Dog Pod Xmas Show Stand-up comedy performances from Jen Carnovale, John Cruckshank and Luke Joseph Ryan and a special guest appearance from Knights star Nathan Ross. Big Dog Pod, The Happy Wombat, Newcastle. Saturday at 8pm. 

Caught in the Villain’s Web (or More Sinned Against Than Sinning) A sinister lawyer plots to deprive a rich but troubled family of its country mansion. Maitland Repertory Theatre, at its venue. Saturday, food from 7pm, show at 8pm; Sunday, food from 1pm, show at 2pm.

City of Newcastle Drama Awards 2017 Lively musical numbers and a few surprise events will make the 39th annual CONDA presentations a night to remember. The Starlight Room, Wests New Lambton. Saturday, at 7pm.

Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS An abandoned baby boy, Mowgli, is raised by a panther. Young People’s Theatre, at its Hamilton theatre. Friday at 6pm, Saturday at 2pm, until December 9, plus 5pm show December 9.

Dollhouse The audience is taken through a house for dolls who are different, unusual or broken in this dark burlesque cabaret show featuring local and guest performers including The Porcelain Dolls. The Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Saturday, at 7pm.

Smash The Patriarchy Two comedies looking at women determined to make themselves men’s equals: Women in Parliament, adapted by Newcastle’s David Brown from a classic Greek play by Aristophanes, and Alice in Slasherland, with writer Quy Nguyen reworking Alice in Wonderland to send up slasher films. The Regional Institute of Performing Arts, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Saturday at 7.30pm.

The Nutcracker A young girl goes on a magical journey to a land ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy; presented by the Russian National Ballet Theatre. Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Sunday, at 7.30pm.


5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Sean Andrews. Sunday, Sundays Record.

Adamstown Uniting Church Saturday, Flight Hawk, Hchie, Sister Rosicky, Regina Kamanda. Sunday, Hunter Singers and Hunter Trebles, Nova Praetorians.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Outerphase. Sunday, James Osborn.

Argyle House Saturday, Sefu, MC Losty.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Spank N The Monkey.

Avon Valley Inn Saturday, Barracuda.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Entity aka Eddy Tolhurst. Sunday, Elisa Kate.

Beach Hotel Saturday, Free Willy & The Grace Brothers. Sunday, D.Love.

Bellbird Hotel Sunday, Ashley Knight.

Belmont 16s Saturday, Creedence Show Plus Women Of Rock, Daniel Arvidson, Love That Hat. Sunday, Blue Water Cowboys.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Stp.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, 24 Hours.

The Bradford Saturday, Duplexity.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Food Court, Wavevom, Muddy Chanter. Sunday, Mezko, Skyepaint, Soviet X-Ray Record Club, Foemen.

Carrington Bowling Club Saturday, James Thomson, Demi Mitchell, Georgie Jones, The Lairs, Half Nelson, Huckleberry & the Traditional Allsorts, Earthen Rhythms Drumming, The Main Guy & The Other Guys, Cherry Stain, The Buzzard Mix, Big Daddy’s Cajun Blues Party. Sunday, The Irish Breakfast Band, The Empty Pockets, Doc & the Delegates, Rattle Bone, Pap & That, Shamrock.

Catho Pub Saturday, Crazy Stone Cult. Sunday, Jamie Martens Band.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, James Naldo.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, The Levymen.

Charlestown Bowling Club Saturday, Dean Kyrwood.

Clarendon Hotel Saturday, Todd Schmoo.

Club Kotara Saturday, Loko.

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Greg Bryce.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Whiskey Business Duo.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Karen O’Shea. Sunday, Kim.

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Secret Society.

Crown & Anchor Hotel Saturday, Counterpart.

Customs House Saturday, Joel Oakhill. Sunday, Jason Bone, Sunset Club.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Ryan Daley.

D’Albora Marina Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Michael Bryers.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Viper Creek Band. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Easts Leisure & Golf Saturday, Big Pete.

Edgeworth Bowling Club Sunday, Jody Direen.

Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Witchery.

Exchange Hotel Saturday, Alias.

Finnegans Saturday, Luke La Beat.

George Tavern Saturday, Arley & I.

Great Northern Hotel Teralba Saturday, Mardy Leith.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, State FX. Sunday, Melbourne Street.

​Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, The Nah, NTL Landmarks, Von. Sunday, Mark Woods. 

Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, Paparazzi.

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Big Night Out. Sunday, Mick Jones, CrocQ, Ty.

Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Daxton Monaghan.

Hotel Delany Saturday, Loose Bazooka.

Imperial Hotel Singleton Saturday, Misbehave.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, The Years. Sunday, Anyerin.

Kent Hotel Saturday, D.Love. Sunday, Jungle Kings.

King Street Hotel Saturday, Tom Budin. 

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Sarah Christine.

Lambton Park Hotel Saturday, King Shakey, The Perils Of Wisdom.

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, The Hedonists, Boots Porter & The Pachinos, This Way North, Alex Martin. Sunday, Wilson & The Castaways, Fox & Firkin, Operation Ibis, Sailors Grave, Semen & Garfuckel, James Bunn & Dane Tutty, Catholic Guilt, Billy Punton.

Lizotte’s Saturday, Mia Dyson, Cody Kaye. Sunday, Ian Moss, Josh Paul, Mark Wilkinson.

Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Zane Penn.

Lucky Hotel Saturday, Kaylens Rain, Prestige Inc. Sunday, The Gleesons.

Mark Hotel Saturday, Katie N Feff. Sunday, The V Dubs.

Mary Ellen Saturday, Phase III. Sunday, Max Jackson.

Maryland Tavern Saturday, Presidential Sweet.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Jon Matthews.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, The Bad And The Ugly.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Snape Trilogy Band, Z4KLND. Sunday, Flattrackkers.

Morisset Country Club Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Murray’s Brewery Saturday, Amy Fredes, Mick Boogaard. Sunday, Jeremy Bilson.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Blues Bombers.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Risky Business.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, The Gaudrys. Sunday, Marissa.

Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Jason Bone.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Love That Hat.

Newcastle Entertainment Centre Sunday, Culture Club (UK), Tom Bailey (UK), The Eurogliders.

Newcastle Jockey Club Sunday, Tyler John, Bonny Rai.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Pap N That.

Paxton Bowling Club Saturday, Matt Semmens.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Viagro.

Pelican RSL Club Saturday, The Rattlesnakes.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Jody Direen. Sunday, Kaylah Anne.

Potters Brewery Saturday, Kim.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Hornet. Sunday, The Years.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Georgina Grimshaw, Iguana. Sunday, Loko, Wharf Life.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Jordan Fleming.

Roche Estate Saturday, Cat Stevens (UK).

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Evergreen.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, The Bad And The Ugly.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Saturday, Summerland Kings. Sunday, Daxton Monaghan.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Pistol Pete.

Seabreeze Hotel Saturday, Code Red. Sunday, Chelsea Berman.

Singleton Diggers Saturday, Pat Vs Cat.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, The Klassics.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Pete McCredie.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, The Dark Clouds, The Craw, Creatures From The Black Leather Lagoon. Sunday, Hussy Hicks.

Star Hotel Saturday, The DuoTones.

Stockton Bowling Club Sunday, Clean Slate.

Swansea Hotel Sunday, 4 Letter Word.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Echo’s Of The 60s.

Swansea-Belmont Surf Life Saving Club Sunday, Howie.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Jayde Corner. Sunday, Phil McKnight.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Cotton Sax And Strings.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, John Noble.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Rock Factor. Sunday, Karen O’Shea.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Robbie T.

Wangi Hotel Sunday, James Naldo.

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Sami.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Phonic.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Tom Christie.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, La Bomba.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, Cruzers.

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, The Radiators, The Venom Lips, D.Love. Sunday, Fishfry + Pow Wow, Murph.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Troy Kemp.


A scene from Paddington 2.

A scene from Paddington 2.

Bad Moms 2 (MA) Amy, Carla and Kiki struggle when their mothers visit for the holidays.

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)

Daddy’s Home 2 (PG) Father and stepfather, Dusty and Brad, have joined forces to provide their kids with 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.

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

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. (Regal)

Murder On The Orient Express (M) A lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into the thrilling mystery of 13 strangers stranded on a train, where everyone’s a suspect. (Lake)

No Game No Life The Movie: Zero (M) Siblings Sora and Shiro together make up the most feared team of pro gamers in the world, The Blank. (Event, Glendale)

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 Man Who Invented Christmas (PG) In October 1843, Charles Dickens was suffering from the failure of his last three books and set out to self-publish a book and revive his career.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie (PG) Six young ninjas are tasked with defending their island home, called Ninjago. 

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

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.

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. (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.


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