Twilight Trail & Carols at the Abbey

Join us for an exclusive evening of festivities to give the gift of a better Christmas to local people in need.

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The Twilight Trail and Launchpad have teamed up to present ‘Twilight Trail and Carols at the Abbey’ – an exclusive evening of festivities on Wednesday 8 December, all to raise vital funds for vulnerable people this Christmas.

For one night only, you can enjoy the festive light trail along with a carol concert by BBC’s Gospel Choir of the Year 2019 winners, Reading Community Gospel Choir, performed within the historic walls of the Abbey Ruins.

Who will the event support?

All proceeds from tickets sold for this special evening will be donated to Launchpad – whose vital support will give the gift of a better Christmas to people who are homeless or at risk of losing their home in Reading. This includes individuals sleeping rough during the cold winter months, those spending the festivities alone in emergency bed and breakfasts, and families living in fear of being made homeless because their personal circumstances have left them unable to pay rent.

What does the event entail?

The Twilight Trail returns to Forbury Gardens this year with a biscuit-themed light event to celebrate Reading’s link with the world-famous Huntley and Palmers biscuit factory – and will feature immersive, engaging and unique installations such as The Lion’s Roar and the Production Line stepping stones. The event is running throughout December.

On Wednesday 8 December, ticket holders are able to enjoy the trail with the festive addition of Carols at the Abbey. The carol concert will be hosted by Launchpad’s patron, Danyl Johnson, and guests can bask in the magic of Reading Community Gospel Choir’s festive singing at the Abbey Ruins from 6.30pm. 

A few details

Guests are encouraged to book their Twilight Trail & Carols at the Abbey tickets so they can complete the trail experience either before or after the carol concert, which will last approximately 45 minutes.

Refreshments will be on sale in both the Abbey Ruins and on the Twilight Trail route, and there will be limited seating available for the performance – with priority given to elderly, disabled and pregnant guests.


If you have any enquiries about the Twilight Trail, visit the event FAQ page.  For enquiries about Launchpad’s Carols at the Abbey, email or call 0118 950 7656.



8th December 2021


5:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Abbey Ruins