Christmas carol services in and around Katesgrove

Reading BID Christmas tree in Broad Street, November 2015

Katesgrove churches hold traditional carol services to celebrate Christmas, but there are many less formal ways to enjoy carols in the area too.

St Giles-in-Reading iconThe church of St Giles-in-Reading has an advent carol service on Sunday 29 November at 6.30pm, a Christmas carol service on Sunday 20 December at 4pm and a special crib service for families and children on Thursday 24 December at 4pm that will concentrate on the nativity.

Christ Church, ReadingChrist Church holds its advent carol service on Sunday 29 November at  6pm and a Christingle service on Sunday 13 December at 4pm. On Sunday 20 December at 6pm the church will celebrate a festival of nine lessons and carols and on Thursday 24 December the church celebrates two Christmas services; a crib service at 5pm and a midnight mass at 11:15pm. On Christmas day, Friday 25 December, the church holds holy communion at 8am and 10am.

Reading Family Church logoThe Reading Family Church has its carol service on 13 December at 4pm and 6.30pm at Reading Town Hall.


University of Reading iconOn Monday 7 December at 6pm, Reading University will hold its carol service in the Great Hall at the London Road campus. The event is free but places need to be booked in advance.

Reading Festival Chorus logoThe Reading Festival Chorus will present its free Christmas carol concert on Monday 14 December at 7.15pm at the Wesley Methodist Church. The audience may sing along!

Launch Pad Reading logoReading Bach ChoirThe Reading Minster of St Mary the Virgin hosts several carol services and Christmas concerts. Launchpad Reading is holding a Carols by Candelight concert on Thursday 10 December at 6pm to raise funds for vulnerable and disadvantaged people in Reading. The concert will include special guest readers and music from Reading Bach Choir. The Civic carol service is held on Thursday 17 Reading Phoenix Choir logoDecember at 6.30pm and the Reading Phoenix Choir is holding a participatory Christmas concert on Saturday 19 December at 5pm in support of the Reading Minster organ restoration fund.

Reading BID Christmas tree in Broad Street, November 2015

Reading Business Improvement District (BID) Christmas tree in Broad Street, November 2015

Dates, times and prices should be confirmed before attendance.  Church services do not usually charge but a donation may be requested. The Whitley Pump makes effort to get details right, but cannot take responsibility for errors or cancellations.

The events listed here can be seen in calendar form on the What’s On page.

If you know of any other carol services in the Katesgrove area, please add a comment below providing relevant details.


  1. St Giles-in-Reading
  2. Christ Church
  3. Civic carol service
  4. Reading Minster
  5. Reading Festival Chorus
  6. Reading Phoenix Choir
  7. Carols by Candlelight
  8. Reading Bach Choir
  9. Reading Business Improvement District (BID)

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