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What to expect at Christmas in Reading

As it gets dark on Saturday 19 November, Reading town centre will come alight with the Broad Street Christmas tree and 400,000 lights in the town centre switching on. There will be a bar selling drinks and coffee, lots of Christmas fayre to get everyone in the mood and live Christmas music from 13:30 to 16:30.

Highlights of the season include Small Business Christmas in Reading on 3 and 4 December in Market Place, offering shoppers some of the very best of our local independent traders – from beers to board games, candles to comics.

Don’t miss Santa’s Grotto at Broad Street Mall from 26 November; the Reading Lantern Parade – Dance of the Fireflies procession through the town centre on 10 December; Gig in the Gardens in Forbury Gardens on 9 December; the Hexagon pantomime, Jack & The Beanstalk starring Mr Tumble opens on 3 December; Christmas Crazy Golf at the Oracle from 21 November until 23 December; Neverland Illuminova at Wellington Country Park; and there’s Reading Rep’s A Christmas Carol, carol concerts, Christmas shows aplenty, Christmas decoration workshops and much more besides.

Find out more about Christmas in Reading.

When is Christmas in Reading?

Christmas in Reading takes place from Saturday 19 November 2022.

How to get to Christmas in Reading

Travel to Reading with GWR this Christmas and swap sitting in traffic for more memory making. Travel from across the network is simple, with easy connections from London, the South West and Wales, for an even more relaxed festive season!


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