Macao’s Winter Wonderland
Macao is a special autonomous region on the south coast of China. The city is a celebration of diversity, togetherness and shared cultural histories. The region’s seasonal festivities celebrate the uniqueness of the area. Macao’s famous casino laden Cotai Strip has been draped in festivities. The Parisian and The Venetian are amongst countless resorts to embrace the season. At The Parisian, colourful lighting and 3D projections take centre stage. Alongside them, a 20-metre-tall Christmas tree hangs from the ceiling of the lobby. The Parisian’s Eiffel Tower also joins in on the fun. The Level 7 Observation desk is home to a real ice rink, complete with falling snow and seasonal treats. For those outside of the Eiffel Tower watch the Grand Illumination Show where jazz music fills the air whilst the Tower comes alive in a world of colour. Next door, the Venetian has a Christmas of its own. The waters of the lagoon reflect the lights of the 16 metre Christmas tree and the giant-sized Venetian Express Christmas Train to leave the kids in awe. The former Portuguese enclave hosts its own vibrant Christmas festival that laughs and sings through its cobblestone streets and squares. Through December there are a number of other festive events to enjoy. Running from 2-31 December is the Macao Light Festival 2018. The festival plays with the concept of time and focuses on elements of local gastronomy, architecture and creativity. The festival will acknowledge the city’s east-meets-west culture and detail the nostalgic stories and childhood memories of the Macao people. Patrons can enjoy projection mapping shows, interactive games and light installations. Alongside the festival is the 2018 Macao International Parade. The international parade begins at the ruins of St Paul’s and weaves through Macao’s streets to Sai Van Lake Square, culminating in an evening of fireworks at Macau Tower. Figures of Macanese mythology and folklore celebrated the shared Chinese and Portuguese history of the region. No matter what you see in Macao this coming Christmas it’s sure to be special.