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There's so much to see and do this festive season!

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Reading's stunning light trail returns to the Forbury Gardens and Abbey Ruins from 3rd - 30th December, with a Huntley & Palmers twist!

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Christmas shopping in Reading 

Find out about late night shopping and Christmas shopping opening times in town centre.

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Dining out this Christmas

Eat, drink and be merry at this festive season with Reading's huge choice of pubs, bars and restaurants.

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Getting in the festive spirit

From pantos to parties, the events calendar is back up and running for 2021 - take a look at our pick of what's on.

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Our pick of Reading's best Christmas party venues for 2021

Planning your work's Christmas do, or reuniting with your nearest and dearest this festive season? Reading has all the ingredients for great Christmas parties. Here's some of our favourites to help you get into the festive spirit.

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Calling all festive foodies

Looking for Christmas menu inspiration? Look no further! There are some great offers on festive fare to suit all tastes and budgets - plus no washing up, which is always a winner!

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Travelling to Reading this Christmas?

There are many ways to travel to Reading to explore all of our festive activities. Whether you are traveling by Car, Train or Bus, here is the information you need. 

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Other festive events in Reading:

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Christmas Light Switch on
20 Nov

Over 400,000 Christmas lights will be switched on Reading for the festive season. Come and join the start of Christmas in Reading with live music from 1pm, including Reading's own steel band, RASPO.

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A Christmas Carol
3-31 Dec

Reading Rep Theatre presents the original Christmas tale, as it finds its perfect home on the cobbled streets of Reading.  A festive and magical spectacle for the whole family.

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The Snow Queen
3 - 24 Dec


Based on the original story by Hans Christian Andersen. Gerda and Kai are inseparable, pals since birth, nothing can tear them apart. Until one winter's day, Kai mysteriously disappears...

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Visit our sister site - Whats on Reading for a full list of Christmas events in Reading

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