Upcoming Winter Events

lots of people standing outside by stalls and a big christmas tree with lights.

The term is ending but the events aren’t! Here’s what we have coming up.

This Winter, get into the festive spirit with some of the events below. There will be lots of events throughout December both on Campus and in Reading that you can go to. These range from Theatre shows, quizzes, guided walks around Reading and more. Don’t worry if you don’t celebrate Christmas, there is something for everyone. Check out the list of Winter events below:

Monday 27 November – Friday 14 December
The Giving Tree
The Giving Tree returns to the University this year, allowing you to bring joy to someone in needs this Christmas by buying them a small gift. Look out for the trees in the Whiteknights library and MERL reception, collect a tag, and bring the requested unwrapped gift to Reading Students’ Union

30th November – 30th December
It’s A Wonderful Life Theatre Show

Tickets £5 – £25
Reading Rep Theatre, RG1 4LY

Friday 1st December
Winter Festival

Whiteknights Campus

Monday 4 December
Christmas shopping
The MERL is hosting its pop up shop in the Library foyer on 4 December (10:00 – 15:30) with a range of gifts for all ages. Treat yourself to a unique gift, start your Christmas shopping early, or just have a chat to find out what’s going on the The MERL and in Special Collections.

The Old Merch Shop in Reading Students’ Union offers an array of cards, gifts, stationery, plants and prints, including products from local Reading-based businesses (including But Is It Art?, Midrib Plants, Peruke Games and many others). It’s open Tuesday – Friday (10:00 – 17:00) and Saturday (11:00 – 15:00) until mid-January 2024

There will be shopping, including fairtrade offerings, at the Winter festival celebrations too.

Monday 4th December
University Of Reading Carol Service

St Luke’s Church, RG1 5LR

Wednesday 6 December
Green Christmas
Have a Green Christmas with Sustainability Listens. Meet the Sustainability Services elves in the Library foyer for tips on how to save energy over the winter break, and ways to make festive celebrations a bit more sustainable. Wednesday 6 December, 11:00 – 13:30.

Friday 8th December
NHS Christmas Concert

Tickets £5
Reading Minster, RG1 2LG

Saturday 9th December
Adult’s Christmas Card Craft

10am – 2.30pm
Battle Library, 420 Oxford Rd, RG30 1EE

Sunday 10th December
Charity Christmas Show

Shinfield Players Theatre, RG2 9DF

Sunday 10th December
Reading Santa Run & Walk

Free, 10-4pm
Whiteknights campus

Tuesday 12th December
Christmas With The Community

Free, 6-9pm
Mondial, Whiteknights

Wednesday 13th December
Christmas Quiz

Free, 4-6pm
Carrington 201, Whiteknights

Wednesday 13th December
Christmas by Candlelight – West End cast and Live Band

Tickets £10 – £45
Reading Minster, RG1 2LG

Friday 15th December
Christmas Carols Event

Pam’s Café Northcourt Avenue

Saturday 16th December
Christmas ‘Bring & Share’ Meal

Free, 6-9pm
Park United Reformed Church, RG6 1DN

23rd-26th December
Host UK Festive Stays (International Students)

Free (just pay for travel)

Tuesday 26th December
Guided Walk Around Reading – General

£4.45 Promo code: RDGINTSTU

Tuesday 26th December
Guided Walk Around Reading – Reading at War

£4.45 Promo code: RDGINTSTU

Wednesday 27th December
Reading Abbey Tour

£4.45 Promo code: RDGINTSTU

Thursday 28th December
Guided Walk Around Forbury Gardens

£4.45 Promo code: RDGINTSTU

Thursday 28th December 
Park URC Christmas Quiz

Free, 6–7:30pm 
Park United Reformed Church, RG6 1DN 

Friday 29th December
Guided Walk – Reading, The Home of Photography
£4.45 Promo code: RDGINTSTU, 2-3pm

Saturday 30th December 
Guided Walk Around Reading – General
£4.45 Promo code: RDGINTSTU, 1:30-2:30pm

Check out the Home at Halls app for events within your halls.

Check the Reading Student Union’s webpage and social media platforms for other events during the festive period.

Support and other event information:

Find information on catering opening times over the vacation period.

For the full list of Student Services opening and closing times over the vacation period, check out our Student Services over the Festive Period blog.

Find information on Library opening hours.

The 24/7 Student Helpline is available all throughout the year and can provide help with a wide variety of questions and concerns from loneliness to money worries. They offer support in over 240 languages and via a variety of media such as phone calls, live chat and video calls. This is completely confidential.

Visit the Emergency and urgent help page for information on emergency services

If you are interested in events which are aimed at those who do not celebrate Christmas:
Jewish Community of Berkshire
Muslim Chaplain
Reading Hindu Temple
Reading Buddhist Priory
Thames Valley Bahá’í Community
Ramgarhia Sabha Reading (Sikh Centre)

If the community which is relevant to you is not listed above, please email chaplaincy@reading.ac.uk

If you would like to be the first to hear about trips and events for international students throughout the year, please email c.brookes@reading.ac.uk to be added to the mailing list.

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