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Reading's Digital Advent Calendar

Digital daily doses of Christmas cheer

Staying online till Twelfth Night

We can’t bring the Living Advent Calendar to the streets of Reading this year. So we’re delivering Christmas cheer direct to your homes instead with Reading’s Digital Advent Calendar, a series of 24 videos delivered throughout December on Reading Culture Live.

There’ll be plenty to enjoy for all the family, including music, poetry, comedy, drama, animations, things to make and do, fun for kids and so much more. Expect a visit from Santa, traditional carols, exciting new stories and bold new takes on festive favourites. All delivered by creative artists and communities from all corners of Reading, and all in support of local artists and charities.

And just like a real advent calendar, it’s a new surprise every day!

  1. Reading's music scene covers Do They Know It's Christmas
  2. Fun for kids as Story Scientists Nook & Cranny write a letter to Father Christmas
  3. A Cappella group Readiophonics come a-caroling
  4. A super festive adventure as The Five Potatoes of Reading Save Christmas!
  5. Get in the kitchen for Festive Flapjacks with Laura Mugridge
  6. It wouldn't be Christmas without jazz, so here's a festive concert from Ma Bessie & Her Pig Foot Band
  7. Pupils from South Lake School read Twas The Night Before Christmas
  8. Readipop's communities and bands come together to sing Merry Christmas Everyone
  9. Gerald Charles Dickens recreates his great, great grandfather's classic in the trailer for A Christmas Carol
  10. Get ready for a Sleigh Ride in this Body Percussion Workshop from Berkshire Maestros
  11. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night from Thames Valley Police
  12. Progress Theatre update Dickens for the modern miser in A Christmas Karen
  13. Woodley Concert Band present their rendition of FairyTale of New York
  14. Festive French fun as the team behind Bastille Day Festival present "Les Douze Jours de Noel"
  15. It's over to Reading Libraries for a special Christmas Rhymetime
  16. Get creative and try Screenprinting at home with Jelly
  17. Reading Pride's original animation with Santa: Love Unites at Christmas
  18. Berzerk Productions bring you Christmas... According to Kids!
  19. Based in our twin town of Dusseldorf, Arturo brings another classical guitar concert with a festive twist.
  20. Reading Phoenix Choir, the Thames Valley Chorus and The Sainsbury Singers come together through the magic of editing to bring you a mini Christmas Choral Concert
  21. Some of Reading's favourite poets come together for their Christmas Cracker, performing their own Christmas poems, and festive faves from other poets
  22. Catch up with the Mayor of Reading as he rows down the Thames as part of the Reading Santa Run.
  23. A message and a story for kids from the Henley Santa
  24. A wonderful performance of carols and songs from the Reading Central Salvation Army Band

So remember to check in on Reading Culture Live at 12:30pm throughout December and see what’s behind the next calendar door...

What's inside Reading's Digital Advent Calendar

Featuring contributions from...

  • Bastille Day Festival
  • Berkshire Maestros
  • Berzerk Productions
  • Cast Iron Theatre
  • Jelly
  • Reading Libraries
  • Ma Bessie & Her Pig Foot Band
  • Progress Theatre
  • Reading Phoenix Choir
  • Reading Pride
  • Readiophonics
  • Readipop
  • The Sainsbury Singers
  • Thames Valley Chorus
  • Woodley Concert Band
  • and many more...