SATURDAYCarols By Candlelight 6pm, Marine Parade, The Entrance. Besides your usual Christmas carol favourites from the Tuggerah Lakes Show Band, there will be a special festive performance from the Care Bears and the JB Dance Company.
Christmas Carols –Rothbury 5pm to 7pm, The Vintage Golf Club, Rothbury. Matt Purcell hosts “Carols Unplugged” and shares the stage with other rising Australian country singers.BYO picnic rug and dulcet tones.
Christmas Eve at the Trots 6pm, Newcastle Harness Racing Club, Broadmeadow. The club is celebrating the festive spirit by opening the gates for free for thenine-race program.
Christmas Eve Races 1pm, Scone Jockey Club. Enjoy the action at one of country NSW’s finest tracks with a seven-race program.
Experiencing Christmas 7pm, Medowie Christian School. The Overflow Church Medowie is hosting its ownChristmas Eve celebration service, with family friendly pre-service activities starting at 5.30pm, before the 7pm service.The pre-service activities include face painting, jumping castle, youth games and a free BBQ.
Santa at Bennett Park 5.30pm, Bennett Park, Valentine. The Valentine Lions are hosting good ole St Nick to celebrate Christmas by beautiful Lake Macquarie.Bring along picnic gear and enjoy the festivities, which includeChristmas backgroundmusic by Mike fromDiscobeat.
SUNDAYChristmas Lunch In The Park 11am, Foreshore Park, Newcastle East. The Samaritans host a free Christmas lunch in the foreshore railsheds, plus family entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus.
Christmas Lunch In Singleton 11am, Senior Citizens Centre, Singleton.The Samaritans host a free Christmas lunch, with good food, friendship, entertainment and an appearance from Santa Claus.
MONDAYA-League – Newcastle Jets v Wellington Phoenix 5.30pm, McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow. The Jets aim for three straight wins against the eight-placed Nix.
Boxing Day Races 12pm, Newcastle Jockey Club, Broadmeadow. The Novocastrian institution hasall ages covered, featuring trackside music fromDJ RPM and Chad Shuttleworth, plus food vendors, and of course, the gallops.
Boxing Day SalesBoth Charlestown Square and Westfield Kotara will open their doors from8amfor one of the biggest shopping days on the calendar.
Murray’s Boxing Day Blues, Brews & BBQs Festival 10am to 6pm, Murray’s Brewery, Bobs Farm. Murray’s celebrates the release of their mango beer and Anniversary Ale 11 with a day of blues music and family-friendly activities.
W-League –Newcastle Jets v Western Sydney Wanderers 3pm, McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow. The Jets’ women’s team chase their first victory since their round-three win on November 20.
SAVE THE DATEBeautiful Shoal Bay will become decidedly creepy on January 10 when it hosts the Tomaree Headland Spooky Tour.The sunset tourin Tomaree National Park from 6pm to 8pm aims to send ashiver up spine of its participants. An National Park Wildlife Service ranger will guide walkerson a dusk tour around the bay and into the World War II gun emplacements. There youcanlisten for the eerie sounds of the bush and,if you’relucky, spot a nocturnal animal or two.Suitable for adults and children eightyears and over.
MARKETSClocktower Markets Saturday, 8am to 1pm, James Street Plaza, Hamilton.
Handmade In The Hunter Markets Tuesday-Thursday, 9am to 3.30pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin.
Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market 8am to 1pm, Speers Point Park, Speers Point.
Port Stephens Market Saturday, 9am to 1pm,Port Stephens Church of Christ, Salt Ash.
ARTS & CULTUREArt Systems WickhamYou’ll Fest ’16. Until Saturday.
Gallery 139Director’s Choice. Until Saturday.
Lake Macquarie City Gallery Saltwater Country. Until January 29. Lake Macquarie: Living Cultures. Until March 12.
Lovett GalleryWildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition 2016. Until February 25.
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.
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.
THEATREA Play in a MangerA town community is putting on its 50th annual Christmas play andrecruits a flamboyant, over-the-top director to stage it; lively family musical featuring youngperformers. Hope Valley Church, Cessnock. Saturday, at 5pm.
SpeakeasyMaureen O’Brien’s comedy brings together the music and crime stories of the1920s. Royal Exchange, Newcastle, Wednesday and Thursday, December 28 and 29, at 8pm.Also at The Dungeon, Adamstown Uniting Church, January 8 and 11.
MUSIC5 SawyersSaturday, DJ Shots Fired.
Anna Bay TavernSaturday,Mick Jones,Darren Rolling Keys Duo.
Argyle House Saturday, Tigerlily. Monday, No Diggity ft. Horizon.
Australia Hotel CessnockSaturday, Duplexity.
Bar PetiteSaturday, Grayson.
Beach HotelSaturday, The New Black Shades.
Belmont 16sSaturday, Ty.
Belmont HotelSaturday, Krossfyre.
Belmore Hotel Maitland Saturday, Streets Of Omah, DJ Skoob, Timmy Coffey.
Beresfield Bowling ClubSaturday,Snape Trilogy.
Boat Rowers HotelSaturday,Boney Rivers.
The BradfordSaturday, Purple Hearts.
Cardiff RSL ClubSaturday, Jungle Kings.
Catho PubSaturday, Kelly Hope.
Central Charlestown Leagues ClubSaturday, Daniel Arvidson.
Central HotelStroudSaturday, Allan Caswell.
Charlestown Bowling ClubSaturday,Layth Gun.
Club KotaraSaturday, Mark Lee.
Country Club Hotel Shoal BaySaturday,MKFR, E-low,Ben Suthern, DJ Dola.
Criterion Hotel WestonSaturday, Higher Ground.
Duke Of WellingtonSaturday,The Gracetones.
East Maitland Bowling ClubSaturday,Mardmax.
Entrance Bowling Club Saturday, Kristy James.
FinnegansMonday, Lawson, Standing Ovation, Gillecks, Ricky Bonomini, Random Hero, Gillies.
George TavernSaturday,KR Duo.
Grand Junction HotelSaturday, Fish Fry & Pow Wow.
Great Northern Hotel TeralbaSaturday,Robbie T.
Greenroof HotelSaturday,CrocQ. Monday,Jerome.
Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, The Grounds, Meth Muscles, Dog.
Harrigan’s Pokolbinaturday, Kevin O’Hara, The V-Dubs.
Honeysuckle HotelSaturday, Tre Soul. Monday, Ty, Rocket.
Hotel CessnockSaturday, Pete Gelzinnis.
Hotel DelanySaturday, Matt Meler. Monday,AK Morris.
Hotel JesmondSaturday,Michael Mills.
Iron Horse InnSaturday, Overtone.
King Street HotelSaturday, King Street Christmas Party.
Kent Hotel Saturday, Overload.
Lakeside Village TavernSaturday, Loose Bazooka.
Lambton Park HotelSaturday, Grant Walmsley Freebird.
Lass O’GowrieMonday, Motherload, Strangers With Candy, Bofolk Ballico.
Lucky HotelSaturday,Matt McLaren.
Mary EllenSaturday,Jason Bone.
Maryville TavernSaturday, Sundays Record Duo.
Mavericks On The BaySaturday,James Naldo.
Mavericks On DarbySaturday,Jerome.
Merewether SurfhouseSaturday, AK Morris.
Mezz Bar at Wallsend DiggersSaturday,Zane Penn Duo. Sunday,Yianni.
Murray’s BreweryMonday, Brien McVernon.
Nag’s Head HotelSaturday,Phonic.
Nelson Bay DiggersSaturday, Callum and Dave, Wicked.
Newcastle Jockey ClubMonday,Todd Schmoo,Chad Shuttleworth.
Pedens CessnockSaturday,Todd Schmoo.
The PourhouseSaturday, Lennie Live.
Premier HotelMonday, Busta Thong.
Prince of Wales HotelSaturday, Soul Play.
Queens Wharf HotelSaturday, CrocQ.
Racecourse HotelSaturday, Phil McKnight.
River Royal Inn MorpethSaturday,Georgina Grimshaw.
Rutherford HotelSaturday, Pistol Pete.
Shortland Hotel Saturday, Mike Vee.
Snake Gully HotelSaturday, Daxton Monaghan.
Stockton Bowling ClubMonday, Defaced.
Stockton RSLClubSaturday, Ian Henry. Monday, Darren Rolling Keys.
Sydney Junction Hotel Saturday, Fried Ry,Miss Menace,Ricky Bonomini.Monday, Lawson, Ricky Bonomini, Gillecks, Filf, Daniel Hallett.
Tea Gardens Country ClubSaturday, The Way.
Tea Gardens HotelSaturday,Karen O’Shea.
Tilligerry RSLSaturday, Samantha Broadbent. Sunday, Cathy Cannon.
Wangi Wangi RSLClubSaturday, Coral Lee.
Warners At The BaySaturday, Loko.
Warners Bay HotelSaturday,Alias.
Westfield KotaraSaturday, The Andy Show.Monday, Jake Folbigg.
Wests New LambtonSaturday, Dr Zoom.
Windsor Castle HotelSaturday, Deborah Sinclair.
MOVIESAllied(M)A French-Canadian spy, falls in love and marries French agent Marianne after a mission in Casablanca. Max is notified that Marianne is likely a Nazi spy and begins to investigate her.
Assassin’s Creed(M)When Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a master assassin, he discovers he is a descendant of the secret assassins society.
A United Kingdom(PG)Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana causes an international stir when he marries a white woman from London in the late 1940’s.
Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio(CTC)This family favourite sees the Doctorjoin up with an investigative journalist and a superhero to save New York from a deadly alien threat.
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.
La La Land(CTC)A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.
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.
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.
Red Dog: True Blue(PG)Explores the early events leading up to Red Dog’s discovery on the road to Dampier.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story(M)Rebels set out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star.
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 Edge of Seventeen(M)Two high school girls are best friends until one dates the other’s older brother, who is totally his sister’s nemesis.
Trolls(G)Poppy, the optimistic leader of the Trolls, andBranch are polar opposites. Together, theyembark 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.
Why Him?(CTC)Over the holidays, Ned, an overprotective but loving dad andhis family visit his daughter and meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning, but socially awkward, Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird.