Newcastle Permanent Cinema Under the Stars 5.30pm to 10.30pm, King Edward Park, Newcastle. Family friendly entertainment and activities before The Greatest Showman screens at sundown. Free event, bring a rug.
Greater Bank’s Community Round Westfield W-League Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory. Gates open 4.45pm, kick-off 5.45pm, No.2 Sportsground, Newcastle. Also, family fair including games, competitions, face painting and food trucks.
Garoowa Coastal Sea Country: Guided Walk 10am to 11.30am, Thou Walla Sunset Retreat, Soldiers point. Trace the steps of the Worimi and learn of their strong connection with Soldiers Point, its marine environment and history. Bookings essential: phone Port Stephens Visitor Information Centre on 1800 808 900.
Belmont Swansea United FC Pre-Season Fete 9am to 3pm, Blacksmiths Oval. Rides, face painting, food trucks and market stalls. Free entry.
Inflatables on the Green Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 3pm, Charlestown Bowling Club, until January 26. Entry is $5 per child for one day entry only or buy a season pass for $20 per child for unlimited entry per child. For more information, phone 4943 3766. Full adult supervision is required at all times.
Christmas Lights Spectacular 5.30pm to 10pm, Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin. Daily until January 26.
Nelson Bay Family Carnival Saturday and Sunday, 7pm onwards, 98 Shoal Bay Road, Nelson Bay. Rides, showbags, food, games and more.
Summer Holiday Tours – Devil Ark/Aussie Ark Tomalla Road, Tomalla, Barrington Tops. Daily guided tours departing 10.30am, 11.30am and noon, until January 27. Aussie Ark holds the largest population of the endangered Tasmanian devil on mainland Australia and is also home to eastern quolls, parma wallabies, bandicoots, brush-tailed rock-wallabies and bettongs. Go to aussieark.org.au/visit-the-facility for details.
Hunter Cactus and Succulent Society Monthly Meeting 12.30pm, Charlestown Multipurpose Centre. Guest speakers, competitions, raffles, plant sales, displays, refreshments.
Newcastle SLSC Return and Earn Mobile Collection 10am to noon, Newcastle Surf Life Saving Club. Return your empty bottles and cans and earn your 10 cent refund.
Free Kids DIY Workshops at Bunnings Saturday and Sunday, noon to 1pm. Make fun, creative projects like toolboxes, toy trucks, planter boxes and painting projects. An adult must accompany all children.
Waterworld Central Doyalson RSL and Oakvale Drive, Salt Ash, until January 28. Giant inflatable pools and slides to splash and play around in. More information at waterworldcentral.com.au.
Newcastle Pro Wrestling 6.30pm, Club Maitland City, Rutherford.
The Trail 11am to 2.45pm, Lovett Gallery Newcastle. Presented by Culture Vision, hear stories directly from refugees and migrants of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds as well as narratives, musical performances and the sharing of foods eaten in a traditional way. Tickets $15.
Street Food Social 4pm, Fly Point Park, Nelson Bay. Food trucks.
Drop In Drawing for Teens and Adults 1pm to 2.30pm, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. Each self-guided session features a draped life model, refreshments and basic drawing materials. Cost $10; bring your own sketchbook or paper. No registration is required, simply turn up on the day wearing closed shoes. Suitable for children aged 14 and up.
Waratah-Mayfield Cricket 7s Tournament 9am to 6pm, Waratah Oval and Waratah No.3 Ground.
Children’s Activities Noon to 2pm, Shoal Bay Country Club. For children aged two to 11, activities include a disco, jumping castle and games. Free entry.
Summer Bridal Expo 10am to 2pm, NEX Newcastle.
Summer BBQ Locals Night Cost $55 per person includes pre-dinner drinks and canapés, a five-course tapas dinner and free BYO. The Verandah Restaurant, Pokolbin.
SAVE THE DATE
The Australian Reptile Park is bringing a live spider display to Westfield Kotara to educate children on everything they need to know about spiders this summer. They will be taught by a keeper about spider safety and first aid, and Funnel Web spiders in particular. January 14 to 18, 10am to 1pm daily. Also, Trolls Poppy and Branch will be doing fun live shows, same dates and times. Bookings for this are free and can be made via westfield.com.au/kotara.
Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market Saturday, 7.30am to 1pm, Speers Point Park.
Hunter Street Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.
Newcastle Flower Markets Saturday, 8am to 1pm, 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate.
Medowie Markets Saturday, 8am to 12.30pm, The Bull & Bush Motel, 37 Ferodale Road, Medowie.
Tomaree Market Sunday, 8.30am to 1pm, Nelson Bay Sports Complex Park, Nelson Bay Road, Nelson Bay.
Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.
CStudios Art Gallery A Gathering of Creatives, until January 19.
The Lock Up Argo Pacifico, by Jen Denzin and Oliver Harlan, until January 27.
Maitland Regional Art Gallery Textures of Desire, by Rosemary Valadon; Finding Country; American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life & Times, until February 17. Staging Love, by Jumaadi, until March 24.
Newcastle Art Gallery Olsen Ormandy: A Creative Force, until February 17.
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery OBSESSED: Compelled to Make; Headquarters; Newcastle School: Making It!, until February 3.
Timeless Textiles Black and White: NCEATA, ends Sunday.
Lovett Gallery Home Dignity Justice, until January 25; Amnesty International Write for Rights.
Wallsend Library Nikon-Walkley Press Photography Exhibition, until January 28.
Port Stephens Community Arts Centre Ocean Blues; Kathi Oastler; Children’s World.
Dinosaur Imposters Exhibition SEEN@Swansea, The Swansea Centre.
The Verandah Restaurant, Calais Estate Acquiescence, by Virginia Harding.
Finite Gallery, Caves Beach Patchwork 2 exhibition of mini collectable art extended January 28. School holiday workshops: details at finitegallery.com.
5 Sawyers Sunday, Jerome Duo.
Anchorage Port Stephens Sunday, Georgie James.
Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Redline. Sunday, Layth Gunn.
Argenton Hotel Saturday, The DuoTones. Sunday, Kaylah Anne.
Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, The Way.
Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Casey Bellamy. Sunday, Dean Kyrwood.
Beach Hotel Saturday, Misbehave.
Belmont 16s Saturday, Loko, Megan Core. Sunday, Bloom.
Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Flattrakkers. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.
Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Angel Gear.
Blueys Nelson Bay Saturday, Stu Morrison. Sunday, Pete McCredie.
The Bradford Saturday, The Bad and the Ugly. Sunday, Jamie Martens.
Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Shake n Bake ft Gold Member, The Moving Stills, The Vitriots, Laura Hyde, Shaker DJs. Sunday, Doko (main room), Coffin, Radolescent, Horace Bones (warehouse). Wednesday, Hello Tut Tut, The Main Guy & The Other Guys, India Seddon-Callaghan.
Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, The 3.
Catho Pub Saturday, Steve Geary. Sunday, Overload.
Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Guy Richards.
Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Joel Oakhill.
Club Kotara Saturday, Jacinta.
Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Jason Paris. Sunday, Big Pete.
Colliery Inn Saturday, Damien. Sunday, Matt McLaren.
Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Romney Watts.
Customs House Sunday, Jake Davey.
D’Albora Marina Sunday, Ben Travis.
Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Greg Bryce Duo.
East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Paperboy. Sunday, Mick Jones.
Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Spank N The Monkey.
Family Hotel Maitland Saturday, Matt McLaren.
Finnegans Saturday, Luke La Beat.
Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Todd Stewart Duo.
George Tavern Saturday, Dan Runchel Band.
Grand Junction Hotel Sunday, Lachlan Bryan, Conor McCamley.
Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Mojo Bandits. Sunday, Rubber Bullet.
Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, MOM, Colonel Slamders, Froth Dogs, Vertigo on Jupiter.
Harry Elliott Oval, Forster-Tuncurry Saturday, Grow Your Own Festival ft. DMA’s, Hockey Dad, The Preatures, Jack River, Mallrat, Goons Of Doom, Totty, Mild West, Mini Skirt, Belle Badi, Grace Turner.
Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Uptown.
Hunter Valley Gardens Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.
Jewells Tavern Saturday, Australian Trilogy.
Kurri Bowling Club Saturday, Big Pete.
Lambton Park Hotel Sunday, Nano.
Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Heaps Gay. Sunday, Mykaela Jay, Kingston County.
Lizotte’s Saturday, The Life & Music of Stevie Wright & The Easybeats.
Lucky Hotel Sunday, Sunday Republic Season 6.
Mary Ellen Hotel Saturday, Felix Quinn Music Band.
Maryland Tavern Saturday, Hayden Johns.
Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Nano.
Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Darren. Sunday, ROX.
Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Saturday, Full Throttle. Sunday, Metro Muso’s Jam Session.
Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Tre Soul.
Morisset Country Club Sunday, Cotton, Sax & Strings.
Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Jackson Halliday.
Nelson Bay Diggers Sunday, Megan Core.
Newcastle Hotel Saturday, Jackson Blanch.
Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Georgie James, Georgina Grimshaw, TK Vibez.
Pedens Cessnock Saturday, The V Dubs.
Pippis At The Point Saturday, Shaka, Jordan Fleming.
Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Adrianna Mac Duo. Sunday, Trancemission, Wharf Life.
Quill & Compass Sunday, Jazz Jam.
Railway Hotel Cessnock Sunday, Misbehave.
Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Altered State.
Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Loose Bazooka.
Seabreeze Hotel Saturday, The Newcastle Flyers. Sunday, Tim Broadway.
Shoal Bay Country Club Saturday, Madelyn, Gen-R-8, Mick Jones. Sunday, Crocq.
Shortland Hotel Saturday, Dave Carter.
Star Hotel Saturday, Crocq. Sunday, Jazz in the Lane.
Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Peter Grant.
Swansea Belmont Surf Lifesaving Club Sunday, Nick Saxon.
Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Upbeat City. Sunday, Jayde Corner.
Swansea Workers Club Saturday, Solid Gold Party Night. Sunday, Kelly Hope.
Sydney Junction Hotel Saturday, Sundays Record.
Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Deborah Sinclair.
Toronto Hotel Sunday, Kellie Cain.
Toronto Workers Saturday, City Beats Duo.
Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Jim Overend.
Vincent St Kitchen and Bar – Cessnock Saturday, The New Cool. Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys.
Wangi Hotel Saturday, Jamie Martens. Sunday, Bob Allan.
Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Le Toot Jazz.
Warners At The Bay Saturday, Kaylens Rain Duo.
Wests Cardiff Saturday, The Snape Trilogy.
Wests City Saturday, The Big Bang.
Wests New Lambton Saturday, Rock Factor.
Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Sunhill Drive, The Lamplighters. Sunday, Helena Kitley Duo, The Buzzard Mix.
A Star Is Born (M) A musician helps a young singer find fame, even as alcoholism sends his own career into a spiral. (Lake Cinema)
Airpocalypse (PG) Yang Xiao directs and stars in this Chinese fantasy comedy about a man who must save the world after accidentally inheriting godly powers.
Aquaman (M) When Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, he must step forward to lead his people.
Beautiful Boy (MA) After he and his first wife separate, journalist David Sheff struggles to help their teenage son Nic, who goes from experimenting with drugs to becoming devastatingly addicted to methamphetamine.
Bohemian Rhapsody (M) A celebration of Queen, their music and their lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes to become one of the world’s best entertainers.
Brimstone & Glory (TBC) The ritual, danger and the beauty of fireworks is on display here in this documentary that captures a Mexican city's annual pyrotechnic festival.
Bumblebee (M) On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee battle-scarred.
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (MA) The true story of best-selling celebrity biographer Lee Israel, who made her living in the 1970s and ’80s profiling the likes of Katherine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and Dorothy Kilgallen.
Cold War (M) passionate romance between two mismatched people, set in 1950s Cold War Poland.
Colette (M) Colette shows the lengths one woman must go to escape her husband's control and claim her voice as an artist.
Eighth Grade (M) Newcomer Elsie Fisher makes her way through the last week of a disastrous eighth grade year in comedian Bo Burnham’s feature debut.
Elliot the Littlest Reindeer (G) When Blitzen announces his retirement on December 21st, a miniature horse has 3 days to fulfill his lifelong dream of earning a spot on Santa's team at the North Pole try-outs. (Lake Cinema)
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (M) Making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda.
First Man (M) A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon.
Holmes & Watson (M) Hilarious duo Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly (Step Brothers, Talladega Nights) are Holmes and Watson respectively. Their brilliant minds are called on to stop rival James Moriarty (Ralph Fiennes) from assassinating Queen Victoria (Pam Ferris).
How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (G) The arrival of a female Night Fury turns Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon Toothless's lives upside in the third entry in the franchise.
Kill Mobile (M) even friends at dinner share all their calls and text messages with each other in this Chinese comedy drama based on Paolo Genovese’s Perfect Strangers.
Ladies In Black (PG) A tender-hearted comedy drama about the lives of a group of department store employees in 1959 Sydney. (Lake Cinema)
Mary Poppins Returns (G) In depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael's three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss.
Mortal Engines (M) Many years after the “Sixty Minute War”, cities survive a now desolate Earth by moving around on giant wheels devouring smaller towns to replenish their resources.
Once Upon A Deadpool (MA) A Deadpool fairy tale that gives zero F’s.
Peppermint (MA) A revenge story centering on a young mother who finds herself with nothing to lose, and is now going to take from her enemies the very life they stole from her.
Ralph Breaks The Internet (PG) Video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope travel to the internet in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope's video game, Sugar Rush.
Second Act (M) A big box store worker reinvents her life and her life-story and shows Madison Avenue what street smarts can do.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (PG) Spider-Man crosses parallel dimensions and teams up with the Spider-Men of those dimensions to stop a threat to all reality.
The Favourite (MA15+) Two cousins (Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone) jockey for influence and power during the reign of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) in this political comedy-drama from the Oscar-nominated director of The Lobster.
The Grinch (G) A grumpy Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville. (Lake Cinema)
The Old Man & The Gun (PG) Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker and his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. (Lake Cinema)
Turtle Odyssey 3D (E) IMAX documentary on the unique lifecycle and open ocean journey of an Australian green sea turtle named Bunji. Narrated by Russell Crowe.
Vice (M) Cristian Bale transforms himself to play Dick Cheney in Oscar-winning The Big Short filmmaker Adam McKay’s star-studded biopic. McKay tells the epic story of how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became one of the most powerful men in the world as vice president to George W. Bush, reshaping the US and the rest of the world with his politics.