Hello friends and apologies to those of you who have asked whether I’ll be producing another IR Christmas Gift Guide this year. Lots of different events have meant that time has been eaten up and that’s not been possible. What I’ve done instead is pulled together a few Christmas markets and shopping events that I think you might be interested in. There are many more happening in the area though, so be sure to look out for posters near you.
Reading Etsy Made Local – Christmas Makers Market at St. Laurence’s Church, 11am-6pm
Run by the Etsy Made Local team, you’ll find gifts from soap to jewellery and even 3D printed gifts. This market promises a really diverse range of stall holders and what could be more fitting than Christmas shopping in a church?
Find St. Laurence’s Church a stone’s throw from Forbury Gardens, where Reading Winter on Ice is currently residing.
Festive Shopping at Silchester Farm, 2-6pm
Silchester Farm is just outside Reading in the Mortimer / Tadley area and you’ll find one theme at this event, sustainability.
Hosted by The Sustainable Way, you’ll find beautiful handmade soaps and beeswax wraps.
Return of the 20s – Vintage Bazaar at Market House, 11am-3pm
A big local name behind this event is Elysium Experiences, who have organised some fantastically themed events in Reading in the past couple of years. Halloween 2018 at the Town Hall was superb and this year they’re bringing the 20s to Market House for NYE. Prior to that, they’ve organised this shopping event complete with 20s music and dance taster sessions.
The shopping will offer fashion, accessories, gifts and homewares. Caversham Emporium is one of the stall holders.
Indie Christmas Market at Double Barrelled Brewery, 12-5pm
This is brought to you by Reading’s Urban Indie Market and the fab team at DBB.
You’ll be able to pick up gifts from Amora Candles, Tilehurst Beekeepers, Peruke Games and many more arts and crafts stall holders. Plus, Makan Malaysia will be there to keep the hunger at bay. So that’s shopping with beer and delicious food. Sounds like a win!
Caversham Late Night Shopping, 5-8.30pm
If you aren’t familiar with Caversham, it’s probably the most densely populated part of Reading with regard to independent businesses. So that everyone can make the most of these wonderful businesses, they’ll be staying open later than usual on Friday 6th December.
You’ll also find a Santa’s Grotto in Caversham Emporium, collecting gifts for those who might not otherwise receive any and festive performances in the precinct. (Including a performance from Hemdean House School, where I spent my formative years. Aww, the nostalgia!)
Shops taking part sell everything from jewellery to vintage fashion, home-wares, art and you can even pick up some dinner. Not to mention a special edition of Caversham Artisan & Farmers Market! This one will be wonderfully festive.
Reading Farmers’ Market at The Cattle Market, Gt Knollys Street, 8.30am-12.00pm
If you’re a farmers’ market regular, you’ll know that stall holders are confirmed close to the date. You’ll also know that around this time of year the market really comes alive and you can find all sorts of great gifts for family and friends. Gifts could include locally produced alcoholic beverages, natural skincare items or delicious home-made cooking sauces. Follow their FB page to find out what’s coming up.
Build a Bauble Workshop at White Stuff, 1-5pm
Not strictly a shopping event but rather something festive to relax you after the mania of the shops, this free-of-charge pop-up is brought to you by Craft Box Club.
It does what it says on the tin; you can unleash your creativity and make your own bauble. Who knows, you might be so talented you decide to gift it to a loved one!?!
Reading Green Market at Market House, 11am-3.30pm
The Reading Green Market team are all about helping us be kinder to the planet and their Christmas edition market makes no exception to that.
Confirmed stallholders offer a range of gifts from craft boxes to beauty products and one of my favourites, wooden toys from Love HeartWood.
Dickensian Christmas Fayre at St Andrews Church in Sonning, from 1.30pm
If traditional festivities are your thing, why not pop along to this fayre and enjoy some candlelit carols along with stalls from local crafters?
If you have any Christmas shopping events you’d like me to share, please get in touch.