Christmas Extravaganza

Saturday 30 November, 12–6pm | Abbey Ruins, Chestnut Walk, The Blade and town

Thrills, spills, sparkles and fun in a magical setting – that’s the mighty Christmas Extravaganza on Saturday, November 30.

A crammed Santa-sack of events set in the stunning Abbey Ruins culminate in fireworks sent fizzing skyward from the top of The Blade skyscraper. It’s the town at its magical best!

Events are packed in from noon until 6pm and there’s something for everyone, whatever age.

Take walk from the Abbey to the Oracle, or listen to Celestial Sound Cloud by Pif Paf, a beautiful digital sound and light installation hung from the trees in Chestnut Walk, and while you’re there pick up a bite to eat from the food stalls.

The haunting Abbey Ruins host upbeat dance band Limpopo Groove, then Avenue, an a capella group from Twyford. Next it’s English guitarist Craig Sutton, formerly the Flamenco Thief, who’ll mesmerise with his fast melodies, followed by Dat Brass, a high octane ten-piece brass outfit.

Blues songstress Ma Bessie will warm you up with her soulful tunes before a schools’ choir with lyrical voices from various Reading schools enchant.

Exciting acts will also perform in Broad Street during the day so wherever you are you’ll get your festive on!

At 5.30pm look skywards to The Blade for a dazzling spectacle as fireworks burst above the town set to thrilling music and ending a magnificently magical day. 

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No alcohol on site. Bag searches will be in operation. Please be aware that this is an outdoor event therefore open to the elements.