Magical Christmas in Reading

RDG Xmas19 BannerMore than 50 events – most of them free – will make the town dazzle for families this Christmas. And there can be no better place to visit in the south of England for a jolly good festive time.

Three new giant Christmas trees sparkle at the station, in Broad Street and The Forbury and The Elf Station is open at Broad Street Mall for free festive crafts and letter writing. Elfie selfies, sweet treats and more. The glittering ice rink at Forbury Gardens along with a cosy apres ski bar is also open from 16 November.


The thrills ramp up on Saturday, 30 November, with a Magical Extravaganza set in the stunning Abbey Ruins and culminating in fireworks sent fizzing skyward from the top of The Blade skyscraper. This event could not be more magical with music, boat trips, food and lights as Reading shows its magical best!

This is also  the day The Oracle opens its Magical Wonderland, with three shows a day every Saturday on their festive ice rink.

From 1 December, the very popular Living Advent Calendar begins to open its doors with free events every day – and Bell and Bullock Christmas Time Travellers 3 minsometimes several a day - right up until Christmas Eve. There’s tons to do for children from crafts and singing to badge, candle and film making, stories and several fairytale performances.

Families will be entertained with making gingerbread, comedy with your baby and appearances from Ice Princesses. Mums and dads will love a special escape room challenge involving 12 pubs, comedy nights and special drag shows.

Take a trip up Thames Tower for festive disco dancing and cheeky cocktails, watch out for the mariachi Brass Santas around the town or simply go along to a more traditional carol service or watch a festive choir performance.

The famed Reading panto at The Hexagon is Cinderella this year starring cBeebies superstar Justin Fletcher – and strap on your fake Santa belly to take part in the annual Santa Run around town. Don’t forget also to check out the Elves with their ‘Goodometer’ to see if Santa will be calling at your house.

FlameOz Fire Show Spiral Hi Res smallThe last big event sees Broad Street become Daredevil Alley when an assortment of adventurous  circus acts arrive. On Saturday, December 21, Broad Street will thrum with juggler and comedian Dan the Hat, escapologist AJ James with his  knife juggling on a balance board, escapes from chains and leaping through fire.  Felicity Footloose will juggle, dance and perform intrepid acrobatics while Flame Oz - the UK’s premier fire act - will dazzle with their trailblazing show.

Full details on all events are  at and


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