The full length of Penn Street in center city comes alive with the sights and sounds of the holidays during the annual Reading Holiday Parade! Held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, this family-oriented tradition features colorful floats, holiday-themed music by local school and community bands, and lots of other lively entertainment.

Organized and presented by the Reading Downtown Improvement District, the Reading Holiday Parade is a great way to kick off the holiday season!


Eight department stores once were located on Penn Street, including four on Penn Square.