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Christmas Activities 2018

Holiday Clubs

Reading Play holiday club @ Waterloo Meadows will be available this Christmas on 24th, 27th, 28th & 31st December 2018 & 2nd, 3rd & 4th January 2019 visit website for more details. 

Bookings can be made from 30th November (NB club will be closing early @ 3.30pm on the 24th December)

There are also clubs running at Leighton Park, St Josephs, The Orchard, Norcot & Energy Kidz Hemdean House. Check holiday clubs on Reading Services Guide (club dates are different to those for Reading Play check clubs websites for more details). Holiday Clubs


Reading Museum 

Visit Father Christmas in his Victoria Christmas Grotto at The Abbey Gateway on 15th December. Please see Link to Christmas Museum Activities for more details.


Reading Libraries

There will be a heart-warming Christmas story during special sessions at Reading Libraries in November and December. Reading Rep will be putting on the festive show ‘A New Coat for Christmas’  in December but they have also devised special takeovers of Rhymetime sessions in association with Reading Libraries. See Pantomime listing for more details.


Broad Street Mall

Festive Fun every Saturday from 24th November until Christmas. Free festive family activities including Letter to Santa, Christmas Tree Decorations & Snowflake Decorations with Jelly artists, also Sweet Jar, Biscuits and Plate decorating, see website for more details and times.


Oracle Shopping Centre, Riverside

On Saturdays 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd December, 5pm-7pm there will be spectacular LED Christmassy parades of ice kings, swans, snow lions and an aerial acrobat performance!  The event is FREE and there is no need to book - simply come along and join the festive fun! Parades take place at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm around The Oracle Riverside.


Jelly Arts over the Festive Season

Jelly Arts based in Broad Street Mall, are running various events in their HQ and throughout Reading during the festive season visit their website for a Very Jelly Christmas


Broad Street & Reading Town Centre

Magical Christmas in Reading highlights include Big Blue, Broad Street November 24th @ 6pm, Reading's Living Advent 1st to 24th December also throughout December Readings Naughty Elves and on 22nd December The Snow Show. Visit website for full details of all the activities available.


Civic Carol Service

A traditional service from 6.30pm on Thursday 13th December at Reading Minster, St Mary's Church opposite Broad Street Mall on St Mary's Butts.


There are various pantomimes taking place over the festive season. Please view attached listing.

Primary Times has local activities taking place in the Berkshire area over the Christmas holiday period see related link.

This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Reading Services Guide and Reading Borough Council cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations. Information collected by Reading Service Guide; is used solely to implement and supply the Family Information Service (FIS), Special Educational Needs & Disabilities - Reading's Local Offer, Adults & Carers Support Group and Reading Youth.