Christmas Restaurant Cruises on the Thames

Celebrate Christmas with family, friends or colleagues on one of our pre-Christmas dining cruises. Book a table for 4 or more and enjoy the special atmosphere that only a boat can bring to a Christmas gathering. Our onboard team will serve Christmas dinner with all the trimmings whilst the boat glides meekly along the Thames with the backdrop of countryside, bridges and the lit towers of Reading.

Choose from a 2 hour lunchtime cruise or a three hour evening dinner and dance cruise 

Lunch Time Dining Cruises

Tuesday 3rd December, Wednesday 11th December and Wednesday 18th December

Tickets £45

Evening Dinner and Dance Cruises

Thursday 5th December (Fully Booked), Friday 13th December (Fully Booked)Friday 20th December (Fully Booked) and Saturday 21st December

Tickets £49.50

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Christmas Lunch Time Dining Cruises

A lunchtime Christmas cruise is a wonderful way to enjoy a dining experience unlike any other in Reading. Guests are welcomed onboard with a glass of bubbly, the boat will cruise the Thames with the backdrop of the bridges of Reading, riverside homes and open countryside. Lunch is served shortly after departure and we have a hand-picked selection of matched wines for the festive season along with beers and soft drinks from the fully stocked bar. The boat offers an intimate place to join with friends and celebrate in warm and cosy surroundings and a unique backdrop. Guests are invited to board thirty minutes before departure.


This is a two-hour cruise departing at 13.00 returning at 15.00. You are invited onboard 30 minutes prior to departure and welcome to stay onboard up to 30 minutes after the vessel returns.

party on the thames river boat trip
Cruising Restaurant Christmas Reading

Christmas Dinner & Dance Evening Cruises

Boarding from Caversham Pier, guests are welcomed with a glass of bubbles before being seated at your private table for the evening. With the backdrop of new Reading, complete with lit bridges, a bright skyline the dinner and dance cruise is an exclusive celebration of Christmas on the river. A full Christmas dinner will be served to you whilst the paired wine menu, house cocktails or Christmas drinks from the onboard bar team.  As the evening progresses, post-dinner a DJ will take over the dance floor and for those that wish to there is an opportunity to dance the night away on the river.


This is a three-hour cruise departing at 19.30 returning at 22.30. You are invited onboard 30 minutes prior to departure and welcome to stay onboard up to 30 minutes after the vessel returns.



Rustic Freshly Baked Breads


Roast Turkey & Cranberry Sauce

Baked Locally Sourced Gammon Ham studded with Cloves and Glazed with Brown Sugar & Wholegrain Mustard


Crushed New Potatoes with Lashings of Butter, Cream and a touch of Cracked Peper

served with

 Roasted seasonal Winter Root Vegetables, Broccoli, Sprouts and Cauliflower

Homemade Turkey Gravy


Mushrooms in a Black Pepper and Stilton Sauce served with rice (vegetarian)


Spicy Winter Vegetables with a Puff Pastry Topping (vegan)


A Luxurious Chocolate and Red Berry Gooey Torte Served with a Rich Belgium Chocolate Sauce with a drizzle of Fresh Cream

Raspberry Meringue Roulade with a Winter Berry Coulis and Fresh Cream


Tea & Coffee

Due to onboard space restrictions, the main course will be served from a buffet table to allow room for carving.


Both Lunch and Dinner cruises share the same menu, our onboard chefs can cater for special dietary requirements and we offer a vegetarian and vegan menu. Due to the size of the galley on the boat please could you make us aware of any requirements during the booking process and you will be prompted to do so.

You are invited to board the vessel up to 30 minutes prior to departure and the bar will open for your arrival. After mooring back alongside we also invite you to stay onboard for up to 30 minutes at the end of the cruise (Christmas goodbyes can take a while so we understand!)

Lunch Cruises  – commence boarding at 12.30 with departure at 13.00 returning to the pier at 15.00 where you are welcome to stay onboard until 15.30

Dinner Cruises – commence boarding at 19.00 with departure at 19.30 returning to the pier at 22.30 where you are welcome to stay onboard until 23.00

Due to onboard space restrictions, the main course will be served from a buffet table to allow room for carving.

Departure Point

All Christmas cruises will depart from our boarding point at Caversham Promenade or Caversham Pier (they are next to each other) by Reading Rowing club beside Caversham Bridge Reading. There are car parks nearby which are often free at the weekend.

Wheelchair Access

The boat for this cruise may be multi-deck and if so this vessel has limitations with door widths on entry and there are steps to both decks, the toilets are on the lower deck down 5-6 stairs. We recommend giving the office a quick call on 01189 481088 to discuss your requirements and we can advise on the best options for you or your guests.