Top Festive Picks for Reading

There is so much to do as a family to enjoy the run up to Christmas in Reading this year. We thought it would be great to round up some of Mumsnet Reading’s favourites!

The title of each event is a link, which will take you through to the full event listing with all times, dates and addresses.

Winter on Ice


With much excitement, this is the first year Reading has had such a family fun packed Christmas event like this. The main star is the ice rink, but there will also be a thrilling 50 metre zip wire, Santa’s Grotto and festive chalets. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this new feature, so do stop by the listing and add a review for others to see!



A pantomime is a fantastic way to get the family together and enjoy a light hearted evening. This year, the Hexagon will be performing Cinderella. The big headliners are Jon Clegg, star of Britain’s got Talent and Dave Myers from Hairy Bikers.

Basildon Park’s Christmas Country House and Trail


A family favourite, the wonderful Christmas trail has returned to Basildon Park again this year. Follow the fun clues for an adventure around the grounds and then stop by the beautifully decorated house to warm up.

Carols by Candlelight in aid of Launchpad

A beautiful carol service, where all proceeds go to the brilliant charity Launchpad. All proceeds go to helping them to continue their crucial work with people who are vulnerable and homelessness in Reading. Starting at 6pm on the 11th of December, this carol services could really warm the soul and help teach the children that Christmas isn’t just about presents under the tree.

5k Santa’s Run

santa run

A brilliantly fun afternoon where you can spot hundreds of Santa’s dashing through the town. Stop by and cheer on those running all in aid of Duchess of Kent Hospice and Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service.

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