Get into the festive spirit this weekend with a little help from the Herald


Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt 10am to 3pm, Newcastle Museum Lawn. Also, Christmas Tree Maze, until December 20. 

Christmas Lights Spectacular Saturday and Sunday, 5.30pm to 10pm, Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin. Rides, entertainment, food and market stalls and more. 

Carols at Swansea 5pm, Chapman Oval, Swansea. Entertainment and fireworks. 

Tighes Hill Village Garden Working Bee 3pm, next to 36 Kings Road, followed by Christmas drinks and nibbles at 5pm. 

Aussie Beach-style Santa Photos 9am to 1pm, Hunter Street Mall. Free.

BYO Inflatable 7pm, Merewether Ocean Baths, Newcastle. 

Cringeworthy Christmas Portraits Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 3pm, near JB Hi-Fi. Cost $5 (cash only).

Sunset Gather 4pm, Gregson Park, Hamilton. Food, live music, market stalls and more. 

Hyundai A-League Newcastle Jets vs Adelaide United, McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow. Gates open 4.35pm; kick off 5.35pm. Westfield W-League vs Perth Glory, kick off 8.15pm.  

Hamilton North Bowlo Kids Xmas Disco 2pm, Hamilton North Bowling Club. Face painting, a jumping castle, Santa and more.

King of Concrete 10am to 5pm, Empire Park, Bar Beach. The country’s best skaters compete for cash, skate products and Australian Skateboarding Federation ranking points.

Pups in the Park 8am to 1pm, Lambton Park. Giveaways, Santa photos, prizes for best-dressed dog, free microchipping of your pet available to Newcastle residents only. Proof of address is required.

A Day On The Green Bimbadgen Estate, Pokolbin. KC and the Sunshine Band, Sister Sledge, Marcia Hines, Village People. Gates open 2.30pm.

One Day Only Christmas Party Sale 9am, MisKonduct Clothing, newcastle. Drinks and canapes from 3pm.

Hypnotic fun to save Morisset Hospital 8pm, Kahibah Sports Club. Hypnotist Henry John performs his mind-bending magic. Funds raised will help develop Morisset Park.

Revolution Sounds Hawaiian Party 5.45pm to 9pm, Revolutions, Mayfield. Under 18s. 

Carols Under The Stars 6pm, New Vine Church, Maryland. Sideshow alley, Santa and more. 

Community Sports Afternoon & Carols By Candlelight 4pm, Stockton Bowling Club. Egg and spoon races, tug of war and more. 


Carols By The Lake 6pm, Croudace Bay Park, Eleebana. Jumping castle, entertainment, sideshow alley, food stalls. 

Christmas Carols in Lambton Park 5pm onwards. Rides, activities, market and food stalls, fireworks at 9pm. 

Northlakes Community Carols 5pm, Macquarie College, Wallsend. Free rides, activities, music, fireworks. 

Swansea Hotel Christmas Party 1pm, Swansea Hotel. Animal farm, face painting, Santa visit, live music from 3pm. 

The Voice Studio Christmas Concerts 1pm junior showcase; 6pm senior showcase by The Voice Studio. Lizotte’s Newcastle. 

Frother 2pm, The Beach Hotel, Newcastle. The launch of Murray’s Brewery’s Frother Newcastle Kolch. Live music; supporting Merewether Surfboard Club.

Lemon Jam 5pm to 9pm, Henderson Park, Lemon Tree Passage. Live music, children’s activities. 


The Hi-5 Summer Rainbows Show comes to Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, Lovedale, on January 12. Accommodation packages available. 


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

Farmers & Artisan Market at Lake Mac East Saturday, 8am to 1pm, Quinn Park, Swansea.

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.

Hamilton Clocktower Markets Saturday, 9am to 2pm, James St Plaza, Hamilton. Plus, Christmas Market on December 21, 9am to 5pm.

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. 

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

The Sunday Muster Artisan Market Sunday, 9am to 2pm, Mortels Sheepskin Factory, 1 Weakleys Drive, Thornton. 

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


John Earle Gallery Mugs and Beaches. Until December 23. 

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Board; Lake Macquarie: Living Cultures (surf lifesaving); At The Beach.

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. Ends Sunday.

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. Ends Sunday.

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. 

Art Systems Wickham You’ll Fest ’17. Until December 24.

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation – Muswellbrook Student Works. Until December 22.

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Circles of Connection. Until January 7.

Timeless Textiles Beautiful Swarm, by Jan Clark. Until December 24.

CStudios Art Gallery Xmas Exhibition. 

Watt Space Gallery Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) Exhibition. Ends Sunday.

University of Newcastle Gallery 2017 Bachelor of Fine Art Honours Graduates exhibition.

Newcastle Studio Potters & Back to Back Galleries Christmas Takeaway. Ends Sunday.

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

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

Gallery 139 Director’s Choice 2018. Until December 23.


5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Sean Andrews. Sunday, Jerome.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Arcane. Sunday, Kylie Jane.

Argyle House Saturday, Throwbacks.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Brazillian Brothers Duo.

Avon Valley Inn Saturday, Siren.

Bar Petite Saturday, Junior & Luana.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Little Cents. Sunday, Pana, Robbie Long.

Beach Hotel Sunday, Misbehave.

Bellbird Hotel Saturday, Todd Schmoo.

Belmont 16s Saturday, Cruzers, Kellie Cain. Sunday, Phillip Crawshaw.

Belmont Hotel Saturday, Kaylens Rain.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Loko.

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

Bimbadgen Saturday, KC & The Sunshine Band (US), Village People (US), Sister Sledge (US), Marcia Hines.

Black Malabar Saturday, Paco Lara (Spain) & Damian Wright. 

The Bradford Saturday, Crawfish Stew Band.

Burwood Inn Saturday, Prestige Inc.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Jones The Cat, Hello Bones, Whispering Jackie, Trouble In Paradise. Sunday, Dyer Maker, Moon Dogs, Byren, Lee Moon, Hypnofuzz. 

Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Jungle Kings.

Catho Pub Saturday, John Larder. Sunday, All Access 80s.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Tim Harding.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Zac & Ben.

Charlestown Bowling Club Saturday, Frick N Orson.

Clarendon Hotel Saturday, Zane Penn.

Club Kotara Saturday, Love That Hat.

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Solid Gold Night.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Spank N The Monkey. Sunday, The Fruittrees.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Xyz.

Customs House Saturday, Glen Harrison. Sunday, Anyerin.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Bobby C.

D’Albora Marina Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Allison Forbes.

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Dean Kyrwood Duo.

East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, Hendo, Brett Thomas, Morgan Kent.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Hurricane Fall. Sunday, Emil.

Easts Leisure & Golf Club Saturday, Robbie T.

Edgeworth Bowling Club Sunday, Big Pete.

Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Misbehave.

Exchange Hotel Saturday, Jon Schatz.

Finnegans Saturday, Danny Simms.

Gallipoli Legion Club Saturday, Pam & Les with John Bond.

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, James Naldo.

George Tavern Saturday, Mardmax.

Great Northern Hotel Teralba Saturday, Joel Oakhill. Sunday, Last Resort.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, The Fedz. Sunday, Blues Bombers.

​Hamilton Station Hotel Sunday, Jen Buxton, Keeskea.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Roxy, Shooting Molly. Sunday, The Levymen.

Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, Good Company.

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Big Bang Band. Sunday, CrocQ, Bobby C.

Hotel Cessnock Saturday, The Mokos.

Hotel Delany Saturday, Sunday’s Record.

Imperial Hotel Singleton Saturday, Hard Hitter.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, Hornet. Sunday, Tim Harding.

Kent Hotel Saturday, The V Dubs.

King Street Hotel Saturday, Danny Simms.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Andrew G.

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Good Thanks. Sunday, Barfunkle.

Lizotte’s Saturday, Diesel. Sunday, The Voice Studio.

Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Pete Evans-Taylor.

Lucky Hotel Saturday, CrocQ. Sunday, The Dew Cats.

Mark Hotel Saturday, The Remedy. Sunday, Anthology.

Mary Ellen Hotel Saturday, The Cassettes. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Maryland Tavern Saturday, The Levymen.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Todd Schmoo. Sunday, Mick Jones.  

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Greg Bryce. Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, The Years.

Merewether Surfhouse Sunday, Marissa.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Tre Soul Band. Sunday, Marshall O’Kell Band.

Morisset Country Club Sunday, Kristy James.

Murray’s Brewery Saturday, Casey Bellamy. Sunday, Jim Overend.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones.

Neath Hotel Saturday, The Tantrums.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Davis & Jayne. Sunday, Mark Wells.

Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Matt Gaudry.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Hornet.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Wesley’s Edge.

Paxton Bowling Club Saturday, Emily Smith.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Dos Eager.

Pelican RSL Club Saturday, Rock Factor.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Kim and Mik. Sunday, Jason Bone.

Potters Brewery Saturday, David McCredie.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Paperboy. Sunday, Milestones.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Just Jade, The Rumour. Sunday, The Years, Wharf Life.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Karen O’Shea.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Steel City.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Jamie Martens Duo.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Bernie Ayrton.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Kristy James.

Sawtooth Studios Saturday, Plastic Voyage.

Seabreeze Hotel Sunday, Sarah Christine.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Purple Hearts.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Mike Vee.

Singleton Diggers Saturday, Hummdinger, Katie N Feff.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, Snape Brothers.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Tyler John.

St John’s Anglican Church Hall Sunday, Darren Hanlon, The Space Lady.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Music For The Mind. 

Star Hotel Saturday, Paparazzi.

Station Hotel Kurri Kurri Saturday, Extreme Mobile Entertainment.

Stockton Bowling Club Sunday, Amigos.

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Jumpin Jukebox.

Swansea-Belmont Surf Life Saving Club Sunday, Reggie Sinclair.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Back Beat.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Phil McKnight. Sunday, Kazzie.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Loose Bazooka.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth. Sunday, Peta Evans-Taylor.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Jon Matthews. Sunday, Tailgate Drive.

Wangi Hotel Sunday, Ben Woodham.

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Brendan Murphy. 

Warners At The Bay Saturday, The DuoTones.

Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, Project X.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Anyerin.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, Midnight Drifters.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, Mark Wells Duo. 

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Peta Evans-Taylor, Crimson Tide. Sunday, Greg Bryce, Compadre Diablo.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Pete Hibbert.


Mark Hamill reprises the role of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Picture:  Disney, Lucasfilm

Mark Hamill reprises the role of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Picture: Disney, Lucasfilm

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

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

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

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.

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.

Stars Wars: The Last Jedi (M) Having taken her first steps into a larger world in The Force Awakens (2015), Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga.

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

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. (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, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams.

Three Summers (M) Two young musicians fall in love against a wider collection of tales dealing with a microcosm of contemporary discussion points, including Indigenous, immigration and refugee issues. (Lake Cinema)

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

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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