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Reading Living Advent Calendar


During December, various events will be taking place in the town to celebrate the Christmas season.  Keep checking back as updates may be made to events.


December 1


Pop-up Music Lounge from Rediculture0ne30, 12-12.45pm and 2.30-3.15pm.


Pop up Music Lounge with Christmas magic and a festive twist. Live and original compositions, combining electronica with acoustic instruments and vocals as well as lyrical extracts from Alexander Pope, and Oscar Wilde as you’ve never heard them before!




December 2


JMA Flashmob Carol Concerts, 11am-4pm (various times and venues).


JMA Performing Arts random Reading town centre Christmas song flash mob! The JMA Performing Rats 2017  and 2018 Choir of the Year and 2018 Under 25s Talent of the Year will be in the town centre on the 1st December to perform for you…keep an eye out!




December 3


Reading Phoenix Choir Reading Pop-up Carol Concert outside John Lewis, 1-1.30pm.


The Phoenix Choir is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this season. The choir is a nationally renowned mixed-voice choir from across the region.


Reading Borough Council accessible shopping day, The Oracle and Broad Street, An evening to make Christmas shopping extra special, easy and an enjoyable experience for older and disabled people.  Look out for a whole host of special offers, festive entertainment and refreshments throughout the town centre for one night only.


December 4


Reading Between the Lines presents: A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens. Adapted by Anna Wheatley. Venue: Haslams, 7.30pm and 8.45pm. Award winning local theatre company, Reading Between the Lines, present a condensed preview of their own unique version of one of the greatest Christmas stories ever told. At the annual office Christmas Party, boss Evelyn remains in a perennially bad mood. Her employees are unbearably cheerful, and no quantity of Yule log can shake her from her penny-pinching miserdom. To top it off, over-enthusiastic intern Crystal has adapted ‘A ChristmasCarol’ into a play for the party entertainment, but forgotten to cast someone as Scrooge… Can acting out the tale of festive redemption finally bring out the Christmas spirit in the world’s grumpiest boss?


December 5 


Dolly from the Clothespegs Chorales Christmas, Nibsy’s, Cross Street, 7-7.20pmDolly from the Clothespegs entertains you with her favourite seasonal songs. However, she also sings in a chamber choir, so don’t expect just Riverbilly!


December 6


Nicole Johnson Sings Julie Andrews, But Is It Art?, 6.30-7.15pm. Wearing her favourite dress and playing her favourite ukulele, Nicole will sweetly sing some ‘Favourite Things’: songs made famous by Julie Andrews.


Warhammer Workshop, Games Workshop, 7-9pm. Experience the Warhammer hobby with Games Workshop: Build, Paint and Play with your very own free Miniature.


December 7


Miss Crayola’s A Very Crayola Christmas, Grosvenor Casino, Queen’s Road,  6.30-7.15pm.


The Queen of Colour and London’s American sweetheart, Crayola’s been having a ball serving her unique brand of campy, cartoonish craziness to you kiddos. A lipsync assassin, a pro on the mic, and a turner of looks, she always leaves you gagging for more. Keep up with the cray @CrayolaTheQueen.


December 8


Reading Rep’s A New Coat for Christmas by Anna Glynn, Reading Library, 11am and midday


Heart-warming festive treat for children aged 3+ and their families. Featuring fun and a flock of very fluffy sheep in this tale of finding friendship in the most surprising circumstances.


Austentation. Venue: Reading Museum Atrium (2nd floor), 1-1.30pm. Austentation entertain you with musical Regency cheer and add a festive feel to their eclectic blend of vocal and instrumental period music… naughty but nice!


Big Blue & The Plastic Squid, Station Forecourt, 6-6.30pmCome and meet Reading’s Big Blue whale re-animated alongside a giant bioluminescent squid. Find out more about ocean sustainability and answer the call to become a plastic activitist!


December 9 


Santa Run, town centre, 10am-12pm.


Reading Santa Run time is here again, raising thousands of pounds for local charities. The race attracts hundreds of runners to the Reading town centre every December. Entrants come from all walks of life and abilities. All are very welcome to join in this great family festive fun event.


Jeff the Giant Elf, Market Place, 4-4.30pm. Jeff the Giant Elf has lost his Christmas spirit and is stuck until he finds it. With the children’s help, can he get back home? From Genius Ideas (Rising Sun). Market Place, 4-4.30pm.


Party Games at Eclectic Games, 10.30am-6pm (drop-in anytime).Come down to Eclectic Games and try your hand at a range of amazing party games suitable for all the family this Christmas! Free Entry!


What’s the Game?! Improv, Bluegrass Smokehouse, 7-7.30pm. Witness the cream of Reading comedy Improvisers create spontaneous comedy sketches based on audience suggestions.  Think “Who’s Line is it Anyway” with a festive twist.


December 10


Terry’s Accessible (seated) Reading Centre Walkabout. Haslams (upstairs), 10-10.30am.Terry’s Reading Walkabouts’ sit-down presentation aimed at less-mobile people and featuring famous events, myths, history, buildings, heritage and more.


December 11


Fabulous Festive Fun at Waterstones Reading’s Christmas Shopping Evening, Waterstones, Broad Street, 6-9pm. Books signings, carol singing, gift wrapping, games, festive drinks from Brewdog and more at this shopping event! See for more info.


December 12


Sandy Matzen Bellydancing, London Camera Exchange, Station Road, 12.30-2pm.


Let Sandy Maya’s Bellydance delight you on day 12 of the countdown to Christmas.


December 13


Reading Minster Civic Carol Service, 6.30pm


A traditional service of lessons and carols retelling the story of the Nativity.


The Tonyx Barbershop Quartet, Hobson & Quinn, 7.30pm


The Tonyx – Helen, Ali, Holly and Louise – sing Christmas and popular songs in the barbershop style of close harmony a cappella.


December 14


Pop Up Music Lounge, Tasting House and WH Smith from Rediculture0ne30, 5.30-6.15pm  and 7.30-8.15pm. Putting the calm into Christmas shopping! Chill out to a well-crafted combination of electronica and acoustic melody. Soak up the wintery theme of fire and ice from the comfort of an armchair, and catch words from the ghosts of Reading’s Christmas past.


Big Blue & The Plastic Squid, Station Forecourt, 6-6.30pm. Come and meet Reading’s Big Blue whale re-animated alongside a giant bioluminescent squid. Find out more about ocean sustainability and answer the call to become a plastic activitist.


December 15 


Chris Lambert’s Create a Miniature Garden, White Stuff, Gun Street 11am-1pm


Come and create a miniature garden in a teacup! Horticulturalist Chris Lambert (BCA) will show you how to create a terrific teacup terrain using a range of small succulent plants – a fantastic gift for anyone.


December 16


Cinderella: A wicked mother of a night out from Not Too Tame productions, Yates, Friar Street, 7pm.An immersive Christmas cracker, Cinderella is an outrageous site-specific show inspired by the traditional British panto.  All the characters you know, love and hate will pull your mates, spill your pints and pour their hearts out on the Karaoke. Crammed with live music, mayhem and a touch of midnight magic, Cinderella will have you dancing in the aisles and laughing your baubles off.


December 17


Singalong-a-Musical, Walkabout, Friar Street, 6.30-7pm.


Reading Studio students perform an exciting range of musical numbers to get everyone in the festive spirit and get you all singing along.


December 18


Ma Bessie, Three Guineas Cellar Bar, Station Hill, 7-7.30pm


Ma Bessie mixes classic blues with jazz tunes from the inter-war years, sharing the music of Bessie Smith with a new generation.


December 19


Sunday Assembly Christmas Karaoke, Hickies, Friar Street, 7-7.30pm (possibly 7.30pm).


Sunday Assembly is a secular congregation that meets regularly to Live Better, Wonder More and Help Often. Join them for some great sing-along songs.


December 20


Pop Up Music Lounge from Rediculture0ne30, The White Building, King’s Road, 5.30-6.15pm  and 7.30-8.15pm. Pop up Music Lounge with Christmas magic and a festive twist.


December 21


Outrider Anthems Sing for Christmas, Forbury Square, 6-6.30pm.


Celebrate friendship, community, the gift of life on Earth. Bring a tealight in a jar, and join us in song. All shapes and size of voice most welcome.


Hexagon Coffee and Craft, The Hexagon, 1-1.45pm


Enjoy some crafts and a food surprise! Coffee and Craft hosts this event, supported by Reading Co-op. Suitable for ages 1 to 100.


December 22


Berzerk Production’s Naughty Elves, Broad Street (outside John Lewis), 4.30pm.


You’ve been following their naughty antics on CCTV, now see Santa arrive to pick up his naughty elves. With surprises galore. Part of The Snow Show.


My Shadow and Me, penta hotel, Oxford Road, 12-1pm


A fun and engaging show for children and family audiences from Shadowgraphy made out of shadows and reflected light. My Shadow and Me is like a cartoon created live out of nothing but darkness and light. One person (and his shadow) meet and go on an incredible, imaginative, shadowy journey where creatures emerge, engage and transform beautifully.


Cinema in Silhouette, penta hotel, Oxford Road, 2-3pm. The ancient artform of Hand Shadows is brought right up to the minute with skilful tributes to 20th Century film-making, a rogue’s gallery of famous personalities, rabbits doing what rabbits do and many more endearing and down-right astonishing creatures created with the twist of a hand. Stand-up comedy meets shadow puppetry before Drew sings a duet with his own shadow to bring the house down. Free but booking essential via


December 23


Corporation Tramways and Fine Arts Committee, Harris Arcade, 12-12.30pm


Formed from experimental music classes, with a varied background in rock, jazz, electronica and sonic art, CT&FAC use improvisation to explore a rich acoustic terrain.


Scatty Arts Henna Art Workshop, The Hexagon, 12-12.30pm.


Natural henna – a new art medium discovered. Mainly used on bodies or hair, come and discover the beauty in creating artwork using the medium of natural henna.


4Bones Trombone Quartet, outside John Lewis, 1-1.30pm.

The 4Bones Quartet is a most versatile group, with favourite songs, classics, swing and original music across five centuries with the lustrous sound of four trombones!