Crafts at the Mall
Every Saturday from 24 November to 22 December | Broad Street Mall
Shoppers will also be able to enjoy some fantastic festive activities every weekend in the run-up to Christmas. Children will be able to join the free craft workshops to make a range of Christmas decorations, treats and keepsakes to take home. There will also be the chance to meet Santa and his chief elf on these Saturdays, who will pose for selfies and give out chocolate coins between 10.30am–3.30pm. Free. broadstreetmall.com
OpenHand OpenSpace Fundraiser
24 and 25 November | Open Hand Open Space
Join us for our fun and relaxing fundraiser in the historic Brock Keep, to raise much needed funds for OpenHand OpenSpace. Postcards donated by artists will be for sale for £20 each, the artists' identity will be kept secret. In addition to the secret sale, will be a sale of small artworks and prints by OHOS artists, a raffle and bidding board with some great prizes. It’s a chance to buy something unique for a loved one this Christmas while supporting OHOS. See our website for more details.
26 November to 2 December | Broad Street Mall
Have yourself a very Jelly Christmas and spend the week doing workshops and events. From something quick to do in your lunch hour to longer workshops where you can learn a new skill. From writers, to knitters, from singers to printmakers, from very young artists to makers. Prices vary. jelly.org.uk
Reading’s Naughty Elves
Throughout December | Various venues
Keep an eye out for Reading’s naughty elves and their antics around the town. Make sure you like the Christmas in Reading Facebook page, follow @livingreading on Instagram and Twitter to keep up with all their mischief in all sorts of places. Father Christmas will collect the little rascals at 4.30pm at the Snow Show on 22 December. Free
Oracle Christmas Parades
Every Saturday in December, 5–7pm | The Oracle
Twas a Saturday in December, and all along the riverside,
A Christmassy parade was taking its stride.
Magnificent swans, with magnificent wings,
Icicle crowns, on the heads of Ice Kings...
Shinfield Players Youth Group Review Show
1 December 7pm | Shinfield Players Theatre
An evening and songs and words to celebrate the show of the year.
Tickets cost £5 - Shinfield Players Theatre , Whitley Wood Road, Reading RG2 9DF. www.shinfieldplayers.org.uk/booktickets
Salvation Army Christmas Carol Concert
1 December, 6.30pm | The Hexagon
Call 0118 960 6060
Reading Male Voice Choir Concert and guest soprano Milvia Brandizzi De Angelis | 1 December, 7.30pm | Trinity Church, Lower Early
Reading Male Voice Choir Concert and guest soprano Milvia Brandizzi De Angelis at Trinity Church, 9 Chalfont Court, Lower Earley Reading RG6 5HZ. Tickets cost £10 – in aid of Parkinson's UK charity from here or call 07949 948310
Special Shopping Evening
3 December, 5-7pm | Broad Street & The Oracle
An evening to make Christmas shopping extra special, easy and an enjoyable experience for older and disabled people. Look out for a whole host of special offers, festive entertainment and refreshments throughout the town centre for one night only.
Call 0118 937 2771 or visit reading.gov.uk
8 December, 7pm | Shinfield Players Theatre
An evening to celebrate Christmas, with songs, carols, and fun moments. Tickets cost £5 - in aid of Reading Street Pastors charity
Shinfield Players Theatre, Whitley Wood Road, Reading RG2 9DF. Call 0118 937 2771 or visit www.shinfieldplayers.org.uk/booktickets
Reading Rep's A New Coat for Christmas by Anna Glynn
8 December, 11am and midday| Reading Library
Heart-warming festive treat for children aged 3+ and their families. Featuring fun and a flock of very fluffy sheep in this tale of finding friendship in the most surprising circumstances.
9 December, 7pm | Falkland Islands Chapel
Christmas Concert of Carols and readings led by Pangbourne Choral Society. Tickets cost £12.50 (includes wine and mince pies) for League of Friends of the Royal Berkshire Hospital. Falkland Islands Chapel, Pangbourne College. Pangbourne, Reading, RG8 8LA. Tickets email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0118 3228592
The Diversity Christmas Social
9 December, 6.30–9pm | Rising Sun Arts Centre
The Snow Queen
12 to 16 December, Various Times | Alan Cornish Theatre, at The Oakwood Centre, Woodley
The perfect show for families with children aged 5+ - Be spirited away by this new musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fantastical coming-of-age adventure that inspired the hit Disney movie Frozen. Join Gerda on a dangerous and whimsical quest to save her best friend Kai before he is trapped forever in the Snow Queen’s palace.
A New Coat for Christmas
18 December to 30 December | Reading Rep @ Reading College
Snowflakes are falling and Anna needs a coat to keep her warm and snug. But times are hard, so Anna and Mummy set out to make a new coat – with a little help from their friends. An enchanting story with music, fun and a flock of very fluffy sheep. The perfect festive treat! For children under 6 and their families. readingrep.com
20 December 5-7pm | Reading Station
Christmas Carols at Reading Station, main concourse come and join in with a Christmas choir, while collectors from Launchpad collect funds.
Reading Minster Candlelight Three Choirs Christmas Concert
22 December 5pm | Reading Minster
Join in with Reading Male Voice Choir, A440 Choir and Occasions Choir for a beautiful evening of Christmas music.
Tickets £5 - in aid of The Minster Sanctuary. Reading Minster of St Mary The Virgin, Chain Street, Reading RG1 2HX. Tickets from Cards for Good Causes in Reading Minster or email email@example.com