Natalie Kolb photo/Courtesy of Reading Eagle   This doggone cute pooch showed up last year at the Holiday Tree lighting ceremony.

Natalie Kolb photo/Courtesy of Reading Eagle

This doggone cute pooch showed up last year at the Holiday Tree lighting ceremony.


Downtown Reading is abuzz with holiday activities! 

Coming up on Friday, December 1 is our official Holiday Tree lighting ceremony. There's a new twist this year, with numerous festivities being held.

Activities will kick off at 4 p.m. with free live entertainment from various local community groups. Fresh-cut Christmas trees will be available for sale, both with and without stands. The trees will be provided by Lenhart's Farm, a local tree farm. There will also be a variety of foods and refreshments for sale.

A craft table will be set up for attendees to make holiday door decorations for a nominal fee. Plus, people are encouraged to participate in a free holiday ornament exchange by bringing their old ornaments to trade in for "new" ones.

All of these activities will be in the vicinity of Fifth and Penn Streets.

At 6 p.m., our Executive Director Charles "Chuck" Broad will join Reading Mayor Wally Scott in presenting holiday greetings, followed by the official lighting of the nearly 40-foot tree at Fifth and Penn.

As part of the festivities, children are invited to meet Santa at Santa's Wonderland in the former bank building at Fifth and Penn Streets. The interior of the main bank lobby has been transformed into a magical place for kids young and old alike.

Speaking of Santa, he of course made his annual appearance at the Reading Holiday Parade on Saturday, November 18. If you missed this colorful spectacle, not to worry. BCTV was there to videotape the parade and will be presenting replays. Here's the schedule:


Thursday, November 23rd @ 12:00 p.m.

Friday, November 24th @ 11:00 a.m.

Sunday, November 26th @ 11:00 p.m.

Monday, November 27th @ 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 29th @ 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 3rd @ 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 14th @ 7:00 a.m.

Tuesday, December 19th @ 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 23rd @ 11:00 p.m.

Monday, December 25th @ 2:00 p.m.


Municipal Access Channel (MAC):

Thursday, November 23rd @ 9:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.

Friday, November 24th @ 9:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 25th @ 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 28th @ 12:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 2nd @ 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 9th  @ 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 16th  @ 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 23rd  @ 7:00 p.m.

Monday, December 25th  @  10:00 a.m. 


And here are this year's parade winners:

Corporate Floats:

1st:       Skateaway

2nd:      Christmas at FirstEnergy Stadium

3rd:       Carpenter Technology Corporation


Community/Civic Floats:

1st:       Dance Expressions

2nd:      Reading Muhlenberg Career & Technology Center

3rd:       Superheroes for Autism


Youth Groups:

1st:       Dance Expressions

2nd:      Olivet Boys & Girls Club

3rd:       Muhlenberg High School Air Force JROTC



1st:       Reading High School Band

2nd:      Fleetwood High School Band

3rd:       Exeter High School Band


We wish you the happiest of holidays!