With the arrival of cooler temperatures, Macao has been transformed into a festive winter wonderland, heralding the start of the holiday season
Throughout December, visitors to Macao can take in a colourful spectacle from a ‘magical’ ice-skating rink to a larger-than-life toy train decorating the territory’s major resorts. Both The Parisian and The Venetian on the neon-lit Cotai Strip are among a host of resorts to embrace the festive season in spectacular style this year.
Expect colourful, Christmas lighting and 3D projections on display all over Macao, with a highlight being a stunning 20-metre long inverted Christmas tree hanging from the ceiling in the lobby rotunda of The Parisian. Visitors will also be able to watch in awe as the Eiffel Tower plays host to a grand illumination show as skates slice across the ice rink, as if by magic, on the tower’s level 7 observation deck.
While The Parisian celebrates its winter in Paris, established neighbour The Venetian is celebrating a winter in Venice with more bright lights and entertainment of its own. Mirrored in the waters of the resort’s lagoon is the figure of a 16-metre high brightly-decorated Christmas tree and a giant-sized The Venetian Express Christmas Train the kids will love.
Adding to the Christmas cheer in Macao and taking the colourful displays up a notch, its cobblestone streets and squares and UNESCO-listed historic sites will be lit up with the annual Macao Light Festival, a must-see for the silly season. Taking place every evening until December 31 this year’s festival revolves around the concept of time and focuses on the city’s east-meets-west cultures as well as the nostalgic stories and childhood memories of the Macao people.
Besides projection mapping shows, interactive games and light installations showcasing the gastronomic culture of Macao, ‘Food Truck x Light’ and Gastronomy Night Market are also up and running.
And for film buffs visiting Macao, the International Film Festival and Awards: Macao opens on December 8 and will run until December 14, and feature Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage as a talent ambassador. A star-studded list of directors and actors will take to the red carpet for the festival and awards along with young promising movie makers.
The Macao Government Tourism Office currently has a limited number of free TurboJet ferry tickets available for travel between the popular Asian centres of Hong Kong and Macao during the festive season until December 31, 2018, so be quick to get yours by calling the number below.
(02) 9264 1488