Cinema in Silhouette (age guidance: over 18s as contains some adult content)

22 December, 2-3pm | Pentahotel, Broad Street The ancient artform of Hand Shadows is brought right up to the minute with skilful tributes to 20th Century film-making, a rogues gallery of famous personalities, rabbits doing what rabbits do and many more endearing and down-right astonishing creatures created with the twist of a hand. Stand-up comedy meets shadow puppetry … Read More

My Shadow and Me

22 December, 12-1pm | Pentahotel, Broad Street A fun and engaging show for children and family audiences made out of shadows and reflected light. My Shadow and Me is like a cartoon created live out of nothing but darkness and light. One person (and his shadow) meet and go on an incredible, imaginative, shadowy journey where creatures emerge, … Read More

Berzerk Productions Naughty Elves

22 December, 4:30pm | Broad Street (outside John Lewis) You’ve been following their naughty antics on CCTV, now see Santa arrive to pick up his naughty elves. With surprises galore. Part of The Snow Show. No need to book – please just turn up!

Outrider Anthems Sing for Christmas

21 December, 6-6:30pm | Forbury Square “Simplicity and love – the hallmarks of Christmas! Come and celebrate friendship, community, and the gift of life on Earth with us. Bring a tealight in a jar, and help us create a song to sweep across Reading. All shapes and sizes of voice most welcome! No need to book – just turn … Read More

Coffee and Craft

21 December, 1-1:45pm | The Hexagon Coffee and Craft in East Reading is delighted to supply Christmas crafts for all ages – join us and be creative. We are supported by Reading Co-op Stores with a food surprise from their Christmas range. No need to book – just turn up!

Pop-up Music Lounge 3 from Rediculture0ne30

20 December, 5:30pm at The White Building, Kings Road & 7:30pm at the Broad Street Mall Putting the calm into Christmas shopping… There’s nothing like the magic of the present moment – chill out to a well crafted combination of electronica and acoustic melody. Soak up the wintery theme of fire and ice from the comfort of … Read More

Sunday Assembly Christmas Karaoke

19 December, 7-7:30pm | Hickies, Friar Street Sunday Assembly is the perfect home for those wanting to join a community where the complications of religion and politics are left at the door. But ideas, voices and emotions are shared. Group singing binds people quicker than conversations – people who sing together becomes friends. Join us for some great … Read More

Ma Bessie

18 December, 7-7:30pm | Three Guineas Cellar Bar, Station Forecourt With a passion for the Empress of the Blues, Julia Titus started to perform as Ma Bessie in 2015, sharing the music of Bessie Smith and her contemporaries with a new generation. With Julia’s rich, warm vocal sound, Ma Bessie mixes classic blues with jazz tunes from the … Read More


17 December, 6:30-7pm | Walkabout, Friar Street Reading Studio Performing Arts students perform a selection of songs inspired by Musicals. Including music from Matilda, Addams Family and many more. They will sing, dance and get you right in the festive spirit. This exciting ‘Living Advent Calendar’ event will showcase the students hard work and be entertaining for all!  … Read More