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Reading makes Christmas shopping easy!

Walk through the town and you will find high street names and independent shops sitting conveniently alongside each other for a wide-ranging trip.

From our top name department stores like John Lewis, House of Fraser and Debenhams to indie shops selling games, gifts, art, delicious and unique foodie items and all that’s in between, you can literally buy anything here, and all within a short walk. Fashionistas have the whole spectrum from Hollister, Hugo Boss and Crew Clothing to Bravissimo, River Island, New Look, H&M which also features home accessories, a three-floor Zara, and Claire’s Accessories among others.

In Broad Street Mall, Wilko is a place you could practically do all your Christmas shopping in from decs to gifts, plus there’s a big TK Maxx and some indie shops also. Gift seekers can browse the Apple and Disney Stores, Game, HMV and more. And for more traditional games try Eclectic Games in Union Street (Smelly Alley). Then head down to Queen Victoria Street for the legendary But Is It Art? Reading’s favourite shop for quirky gifts and Reading-themed bits and bobs you can’t find anywhere else. Don’t forget Harris Arcade, a beautiful arcade to rival any, with cheese and ale specialists Grumpy Goat, Crunch Comics, Georgina’s Vintage Couture and hats from Adrienne Henry among many of the unique shops.

If you want to out-sparkle the town’s Christmas lights, Jacobs the Jewellers are a family business with a personal touch and a stunning array of gifts. Pandora and Swarovski are also in The Oracle. If you want grooming or beauty presents try Cross Street, fast becoming known as the street to visit to smarten yourself up, for barbers and beauty parlours.And of course, we have Christmas markets too – see the events listed on this site.

Once you shop, it will be hard to stop! That’s another reason it’s magical in Reading this Christmas!

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John Lewis
Black Friday 23 November: 9am–8pm
Sun 16 December: 10.30am–5pm
Mon 17 December to Fri 21 December: 9am–8pm
Sat 22 December: 9am–7pm
Sun 23 December: 10.30am–5pm
Christmas Eve: 9am–5pm
Christmas Day: closed
Boxing Day: closed
Thu 27 December to Fri 28 December: 9am–8pm
Sat 29 December: 9am–7pm
Sun 30 December: 10.30am–5pm
New Year’s Eve: 9am–5pm
New Year’s Day: closed

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M&S
Mon 17 December to Wed 19 December: 8am–9pm
Thu 20 December to Sat 22 December: 7am–9pm
Sun 23 December: 11am–5pm
Christmas Eve: 7am–5pm
Christmas Day: closed
Boxing Day: 9am–6pm
Thu 27 December to Sat 29 December: 8am–8pm
Sun 30 December: 11am–5pm
New Year’s Eve: 7am–5pm
New Year’s Day: closed

The Oracle logo
The Oracle
Black Friday 23 November: 9am–9pm
Mon 3 December to Fri 7 December: 9.30am–8pm
Sat 8 December: 9am–8pm
Sun 9 December: 11am–5pm
Mon 10 December to Sat 15 December: 9am–9pm
Sun 16 December: 11am–5pm
Mon 17 December to Sat 22 December: 9am–9pm
Sun 23 December: 11am–5pm
Christmas Eve: 9am–5pm
Christmas Day: closed
Boxing Day: 9am–6pm
Thu 27 December to Sat 29 December: 9am–8pm
Sun 30 December: 11am–5pm
New Year’s Eve: 9am–5pm
New Year’s Day: 11am–5pm

Broad Street Mall logo
Broad Street Mall
Mon 3 December to Sat 8 December: 8am–9pm
Sun 9 December: 10am–5pm
Mon 10 December to Sat 15 December: 8am–9pm
Sun 16 December: 10am–5pm
Mon 17 December to Sat 22 December: 8am–9pm
Sun 23 December: 10am–5pm
Christmas Eve: 9am–5pm
Christmas Day: closed
Boxing Day: 9am–6pm
Thu 27 December to Sat 29 December: 9am–8pm
Sun 30 December: 10am–5pm
New Year’s Eve: 9am–5pm
New Year’s Day: 10am–5pm

Primark logo
Primark
Mon 10 December to Fri 14 December: 8.30am–9pm
Sat 15 December: 9am–8pm
Sun 16 December: 11am–5pm
Mon 17 December to Fri 21 December: 8.30am–9pm
Sat 22 December: 9am–8pm
Sun 23 December: 11am–5pm
Christmas Eve: 8am–5pm
Christmas Day: closed
Boxing Day: 9am–6pm
New Year’s Eve: 8.30am–5pm
New Year’s Day: 10am–4pm