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Visit Reading this Christmas

Christmas might feel a little different this year, but Reading's Christmas lights are on 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. 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. 

Reading is in Tier 4 from 20 December so all non-essential retail is closed, however many shops are operating a click and collect service in town. Unfortunately, due to the latest government restrictions, Reading's new Twilight Trail cannot continue to go ahead, and the event has been cancelled from 20 December. Please see below for more information.

Reading's Twilight Trail


Due to the latest government Tier 4 Stay at Home restrictions for Berkshire, Reading UK and Reading Borough Council have unfortunately decided to cancel the Twilight Trail. This is not a decision we have taken lightly, but the safety of our staff, ticket holders and wider community must remain our number one priority. We will be contacting everyone who has purchased tickets between 20 December – 3 January and will be issuing refunds automatically.

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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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Christmas shopping 

Due to the latest government announcement that Berkshire is now under Tier 4 restrictions, non-essential retail will close in Reading. Some shops will be operating click and collect and cafes/bars may also be operating takeaways service.

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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.