Light Up Reading – An Audience with Father Christmas


An audience with Father Christmas

As part of the culmination of Reading 2016, Reading’s Year of Culture, Light Up Reading is providing children with a special opportunity to ask Father Christmas all the questions they have ever wanted to ask.

An Audience with Father Christmas, hosted by Elsa from Frozen will take place aboard a specially illuminated double decker bus in Broad Street on Saturday 3 December at 10am.   The event is one of 11 special Light Up Reading illuminations around the town between 1-17 December.

After the special Santa meet up, Father Christmas will head to Jackson’s Corner where he will be installed in Make Reading’s stunning Christmas Grotto.  At the end of the afternoon, there will be a special lantern parade, organised by jelly, leading Father Christmas back from Jacksons to the lit up Santa bus at 4:45pm.


Elsa said: “This will be a magical moment for me, bringing back happy memories from when Anna and I were children.”


An Audience with Father Christmas is sponsored by Reading Buses, rlab and Jelly. Tickets are free and can be booked at


Throughout the first 17 days of December, the culmination of Reading 2016, Reading’s Year of Culture, Light Up Reading will see many of Reading’s landmark buildings illuminated in a unique trail of light around the town.

The trail includes The Thames Tower High Striker, a fairground-style interactive lighting of the 15 storey building in front of Reading Station; two installations in M&G’s 3 Forbury Place, the illumination of the Abbey Ruins, pedal powered film nights, an illuminated bridge and new life for the Oracle’s famous beacon.

Zsuzsi Lindsay, Producer Reading UK CIC, said: “Light Up Reading will be the culmination of 12 months of Reading Year of Culture as we create a unique trail of illuminations around Reading town centre. Light Up Reading has been a truly collaborative project with a whole host of fantastic partners. We’d like to thank Father Christmas for sparing the time in this busy period, as well as Reading Buses, rlab and jelly for creating the magical transport and grotto.”

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