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Visit Reading this Christmas

Christmas might feel a little different this year, but Reading's Christmas lights will still come on from Saturday 21 November, with a dazzling natural Christmas tree in Broad Street and over 400,000 twinkling light across the town centre - one of the largest displays in the south east. We're launching an exciting new outdoor light trail, brand new for 2020, the Twilight Trail. And, as we can't bring the Living Advent Calendar to the streets of Reading this year, we're delivering Christmas cheer direct to homes instead, with Reading's Digital Advent Calendar - a series of 24 videos throughout December. 

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Twilight Trail

The highlight of this year's Christmas programme is the Twilight Trail. From 8 December to 3 January, a 1km-long outdoor lighting and sound installation will transform the beautiful Abbey Ruins and Forbury Gardens into a festive Twilight Trail.

Wander through a magical backdrop of illuminated trees, create your own light shows with interactive displays and watch the Abbey Ruins come alive with sound and light.

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Digital Advent Calendar

Daily doses of Christmas cheer will be delivered to your homes throughout December with Reading’s Digital Advent Calendar. Go to Reading Culture Live to enjoy 24 videos featuring music, poetry, drama and more, from creatives and communities all over Reading. It's a new surprise every day! 

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Christmas Light switch on

Reading's Christmas lights come on from Saturday 21 November. While there won't be a physical event to mark the occasion this year, there'll be over 400,000 twinkling lights across the town centre, as well as a dazzling natural Christmas tree in Broad Street. 

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Christmas events

Although Christmas may look a little different this year, there are still things to do online and in the town. Whats On Reading has a growing list of Christmas themed events and entertainment to enjoy over the festive season, so why not take a look at what's on offer?

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Keeping you safe

Throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic, Reading's shops, restaurants, attractions and hotels have complied with government guidelines and taken great care to ensure everyone can enjoy a safe and comfortable visit. Social distancing measures and cleanliness are at the heart of welcoming you to Reading and will continue to be as we enter the winter. Although your visit will necessarily look a little different this year, you can be sure that the welcome and customer service will be second to none.