More Magical Events

Reading Winter on Ice
Saturday 16 November to Sunday 5 January, 11am–10pm | Forbury Gardens

Real skating rink, an apres ski bar and Santa’s Grotto. Read more

ArtLine, Reading's visual arts market
Sunday 24 November, 10am–3.30pm | Broad Street

Reading visual arts street market returns. Read more

Reading Phoenix Choir
Sunday 1 December, 1–2pm | M&S, Broad Street

Join Reading Phoenix Choir to enjoy your favourite festive tunes. Read more

Winter Scene Badge Making
Monday 2 December, 2–3pm | Jelly, Level 1, Broad Street Mall

Make special seasonally inspired badges with Jelly artist Linda Newcombe. Read more

Small Silence/Richard Bentley: Slumberbus
Tuesday 3 December, 12–6pm | Broad Street
Tuesday 10 December, 2–8pm | Broad Street

Drift off in the travelling ‘Seasonal Slumberbus’ and rediscover what you forgot to add to the festive shopping list. Read more

Bounder & Cad
Wednesday 4 December, 7.30–8.30pm | The Vault in The Market House, Market Place

The musical-comedy duo Bounder & Cad perform ‘face-achingly funny’ songs, backed by sizzling jazz piano.
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Launchpad’s Carols by Candelight
Thursday 5 December, 6pm | Reading Minster
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Storytime with Santa
Friday 6 December, 11–11.30am, 11.30–12pm, 12–12.30pm, 12.30–1pm | Reading Central Library
Friday 6 December, 3–3.30pm, 3.30–4pm, 4–4.30pm, 4.30–5pm | Broad Street Mall Grotto

Come and listen to Santa read from a selection of Christmas themed stories. Read more

Peter Pan film with live harp accompaniment
Saturday 7 December, 4–5.45pm | Roseate Hotel, The Forbury

A charming and magical 1920s version of James M. Barrie’s timeless story with silent movie harpist Elizabeth-Jane Baldry. Read more

Santa Run
Sunday 8 December, 10am | Forbury Gardens

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Cast Iron Theatre: Gingerbread Tales
Sunday 8 December, 2.30–3.30pm, 4.30–5.30pm | Bill’s, Chain Street

Join storyteller, performer and cook Laura Murgridge for this Christmassy treat! As you make biscuits together she’ll tell you about the history of gingerbread! Read more

Bring your Own Baby Christmas Special
Monday 9 December, 11.30am | Novotel, Friar Street

Daytime comedy club, Bring Your Own Baby Comedy are back so bring your baby and your mates for laughs, coffee (or wine!). Read more

The Remnants
Wednesday 11 December, 6–7pm | But Is It Art? Queen Victoria Street

Local four-part vocal harmony ensemble The Remnants play a huge variety of genres. Just turn up!

Civic Carol Service
Thursday 12 December, 6.30–8pm | Reading Minster

A traditional carol service – all welcome. Read more

Jelly: Return of the Light
Thursday 12 December, 6.30pm | Picnic, Butter Market

Candle making and floral art installation with Jelly artists. Read more

Cast Iron Theatre: The Signalman
Friday 13 December, 6–6.45pm, 8–8.45pm | George Hotel, King Street

A retelling of a classic ghost story about a railway signalman who sees ghostly spectres that seem to predict catastrophe! Read more

Jollypops: Ice Princesses
Saturday 14 December, various times | John Lewis, M&S, Primark, Broad Street

Join the Snow Sisters and their Ice Harvester friend for a magical day of royal meet and greets and enchanting sing-a-longs! Read more

Father Christmas’s Victorian Winter Grotto
Saturday 14 December, 10am–2.30pm | Reading Museum

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Christmas Time Travellers
Sunday 15 December, various times | Broad Street & outside Three Guineas, Reading Station

Victorian Christmas celebrations plus magic, mind reading and festive facts. Read more

What Box: Xmas Cabaret
Sunday 15 December, 5–6pm | The Blagrave Arms, Blagrave Street

Join Sue Panover for a merry Christmassy cabaret. Read more

Yoko Mainwaring Experience
Sunday 15 December, 7–8pm | Three Guineas, Reading Station

Giggles guaranteed as this four-piece comedy trio play songs you love. Read more

The Nutcracker
Monday 16 December to Monday 23 December, 10am, 1pm | Reading Rep @ Reading College

A brand new musical adaption of the classic tale for all the family. Read more

Wordsmith & Co: Crackers
Monday 16 December, 6.30–7.30pm | Haslams, Friar Street

Christmas rapping from a pack of gifted spoken word artists. Read more

Animation Station
Tuesday 17 December, 4-7pm | Discovery Room, John Lewis & Partners, Broad Street

Real Time Video help you create your own fun animated films. Read more

Christmas chill out with Craft Box Club
Thursday 19 December, 5-8pm | Discovery Room, John Lewis & Partners, Broad Street

Crafting zone for stressed grown-ups! Read more

Mariachi Loco
Friday 20 December, 5-8pm | Various locations in town

A travelling band of musicians will keep you entertained across Reading town centre. Watch out for their pop up performances in the Broad Street area! Read more

What Box: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Saturday 21 December, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm | Novotel, Friar Street

A sensory retelling of this Christmas classic, designed for an autistic audience. Read more

Elves and the Goodometer
Monday 23 December, 11am, 1pm, 3pm | Broad Street Mall and Broad Street

Two elves and their ‘Goodometer’ are checking to find out who’s been naughty and who’s been nice! Read more

Storytelling & Songs with Mother Christmas (and family)
Tuesday 24 December, 1–3.30pm | The Hexagon

Mother Christmas shares some of her favourite festive stories and songs.Read more