2021 Christmas Shows, Concerts & Movies in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & the Hunter

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Get in the spirit of Christmas and take your family and friends along to a show, concert or movie in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & the Hunter. There are a few to choose from including The Good King Wenceslas Musical at the Civic Theatre and a series of free Christmas movies showing at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre.

12 Days of WOWFest at Civic Theatre

Saturday 4 December to Friday 10 December 2021 | Various times | Civic Theatre Playhouse | All tickets $31 | Details

Presented by Hunter Drama. 12 Days of WOWFest is Hunter Drama’s end of year student spectacular. Over 500 hundred young actors from within the Hunter Drama family will get you feeling festive! Join them to celebrate the achievements and talents of all their students in this festive variety of plays, musicals and story-telling. For some, it will be their first time treading the boards, for others, they’ll be right at home in front of a crowd. For both, one thing is certain, it’s sure to be an exciting and thrilling showcase to round out the year! Running time 60mins, no interval. See Civic Theatre website for more details.

Christmas with Dickens

Saturday 4 December 2021 | Adamstown Uniting Church | 2-4.30pm | $25 (Adult), $10 (12-17 years), FREE (Under 12), Family tickets available | Details

Adamstown Uniting Church ‘Christmas With Dickens’ live read is on again! With wonderful actors reading excerpts from ‘A Christmas Carol’ and choirs, solos, music interludes, and plenty of Bah Humbugs! Tickets available for in-person and livestream.

A Bush Christmas with The Bushwackers

Sunday 12 December 2021 | Lorn Park Bowls, Sport & Recreation Club | From 4pm | Tickets start from $10 (for children) | Details

Triple Golden Guitar Winners and 2021 Roll Of Renown Inductees, The Bushwackers, are celebrating their major milestone of performance with a 50th Anniversary Tour, including a Bush Christmas show at The Lorn Bowls Club. This show will be full of high spirits and Christmas cheer, and a great way to send off another extraordinary year!

12 Days of WOWFest at CPAC

Monday 13 December 2021 | Cessnock Performing Arts Centre | 7-8.20pm | All tickets $31 | Details

Presented by Hunter Drama. 12 Days of WOWFest is Hunter Drama’s end of year student spectacular. Over 500 hundred young actors from within the Hunter Drama family will get you feeling festive! Join them to celebrate the achievements and talents of all their students in this festive variety of plays, musicals and story-telling. For some, it will be their first time treading the boards, for others, they’ll be right at home in front of a crowd. For both, one thing is certain, it’s sure to be an exciting and thrilling showcase to round out the year! Running time 60mins, no interval. See CPAC website for more details.

The Nutcracker Movie at CPAC

Wednesday 15 December 2021 | Cessnock Performing Arts Centre | 6.30-8.10pm | Free | Details

A young girl is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice. Bookings essential. Visit the CPAC website for more details.

The Santa Clause Movie at CPAC

Friday 17 December 2021 | Cessnock Performing Arts Centre | 6.30-8.10pm | Free | Details

When a man inadvertently makes Santa fall off his roof on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place. Bookings essential. Visit the CPAC website for more details.

Christmas in Brass 2021

Sunday 19 December 2021 | Warners Bay Theatre, 39 Lake Street, Warners Bay | 2pm – 4.15pm | Tickets available at the door $20 full, $15 concession, under 14 years free | Enquiries / bookings  Geoff 0408 117 748 | Details

Enjoy a great afternoon of musical entertainment. CNL Brass will present a variety of musical styles selected to contrast and to entertain. Wear a mask if you choose. There will be an interval of approximately 20 minutes. Social distancing will apply. Hand sanitizer provided.

Christmas Magic Shows featuring JD’s World of Magic

Tuesday 21 December 2021 | Cessnock Performing Arts Centre | 10.30am & 1pm | Free | Details

International award-winning magician Joel Howlett will delight audiences in this interactive spectacular which includes magic, puppets, audience participation, and lots of festive fun – a treat for the young, and the young at heart!

A Christmas Carol Movie at CPAC

Wednesday 22 December 2021 | Cessnock Performing Arts Centre | 2-3.40pm | Free | Details

An animated retelling of Charles Dicken’s classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions. Bookings essential. Visit the CPAC website for more details.

Good King Wenceslas – A Christmas Musical

Wednesday 22 & Thursday 23 December 2021 | Civic Theatre | 3pm & 7.30pm both days | Tickets start from $11 | Details

This Christmas season, the Grainery Church presents ‘Good King Wenceslas’, an original musical based on the story of the much loved Christmas carol. The story tells of the sainted king who treks into the snow with his fool by his side, to find and rescue a starving peasant. ‘Good King Wenceslas’ is a family-friendly entertainment experience that will dazzle audiences and serve as a festive celebration of what matters most in life. Running time 90mins, no interval. Masks are mandatory for all persons 12 years and over.
All patrons must hold a valid ticket. Under 24 months require a Babes In Arms ticket.

Christmas Movie Under the Stars

Wednesday 22 December 2021 | Kahibah Sports Club | 5pm | Gold Coin Donation | Details

Gather your friends and enjoy an open-air screening of a Christmas favourite blockbuster, ELF. The event kicks off at 5pm with a fantastic line-up of exciting entertainment including; Christmas music, roving entertainers, and a surprise visit from Santa before the movie screens at sundown. There will be pop up stations where you can purchase some fresh popcorn or fairy floss before settling into the movie. See Kahibah Sports Facebook Event page for more details.

Make sure that you don’t miss any of the other fun and family-friendly Christmas events and activities in Newcastle and the Hunter, visit the Newy with Kids Guide to Christmas.

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