By Vestigo Macau
Photography: Leong Im Kai / Amy Wong / Shuttle Stock
Christmas is just round the corner... Don't miss the fabulous Christmas decors, fabulous activities and immersed in the festive mood of the winter celebrations. Here are the must-sees and must-go all in December planned out in a neat itinerary for you.
Now till Jan 2, 2020
Winter Extravaganza programme
Be memorized by the state-of-the-art 3D light and sound spectacular show projecting festive themed images onto The Venetian Macao’s 43,000-square-feet façade every 30 minutes nightly as a tribute to the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Macao SAR. Take photos with the lovely Santa and a stunning 50-foot inverted tree hanging from the ceiling in the lobby rotunda of The Parisian Macao, inspired by the original at the famous Galerie Lafayette department store in Paris.
Location: Sands Resorts Macau
Photography: the state-of-the-art 3D light and sound spectacular show projecting festive themed images onto The Venetian Macao’s 43,000-square-feet façade
Photography: : A 50-foot-high, upside-down Christmas tree is located in the main lobby of the Parisian Macao. This Christmas tree is built with reference to the prototype of the Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris.
Photography: Santa Claus is waiting for you at the Christmas Train and Santa Caves on the outdoor artificial lake in the Venetian Macao.
(From now until December 25, except Monday)
Dec 1, 2019
38th Macao International Marathon
Since its inception in 1981, this annual event has brought some of the world’s best long-distance runners to the island to vie for glory. Winners over the years have hailed from Europe, Africa and Asia, represented by elite athletes from countries such as Portugal, Italy, South Korea, China, Ethiopia and Kenya. The full marathon course of 42 kilometers spreads across the whole of the territory, taking in Macau Peninsula, Taipa and Coloane, and since 1998 there have been two supplementary races – the half-marathon and mini-marathon – which also attract endurance runners from amateur level. This prestigious sporting event takes place in early December.
Dec 1, 2019
Vintage car show x culture market
The Macau Vintage Vehicle Culture Association brings surprise once again to Macau this year. Apart from many varieties of vintage and classic cars, the auto show brings in the culture market element such as original products for classic car, American men's haircuts, painted tattoos, craft beer, sketching and many other activities along with live jazz music on site! So bring friends and relatives to this spectacular event!
Time：12pm - 7pm
Venue: Macau Tower Outdoor Plaza
Photography: Event organised by Macau Vintage Vehicle Culture Association
Dec 1 - 31, 2019
Macau Light Festival
Each December Macau comes alive at night with a display of light artistry from local multimedia practitioners. The event aims to draw visitors’ attention to districts all over the territory, and foster an appreciation of local culture and history. As well as eye-catching light installations in prominent areas, there are also projection mapping events, interactive games, outdoor concerts and dining experiences, as well as retail opportunities. This year’s fourth edition begins on 1 December and climaxes on New Year’s Eve, and the festival is being promoted as one of Macau’s annual showpiece events.
Various locations; 1-31 Dec 2019
Photography: Macau Light Festival
Dec 1 - 31, 2019
My Merry X’Mas ! Taipa Village Christmas Fair
Think where to get your Xmas gifts and decors? Taipa Village Cultural Association will be presenting a Christmas pop up entitled “My Merry X’Mas ! Taipa Village Christmas Fair” at Taipa Village Art Space, with an aim to transform this versatile space into a festive store, selling Christmas confectionaries, gifts and accessories.
Time : 12 pm – 8 pm
Venue : Taipa Village Art Space
Photography: Taipa Village Art Space Facebook
Dec 5-10, 2019
4th International Film Festival & Awards Macao
A trove of films (around 50) to offer and experience cinematic pleasures, from the opening film Jojo Rabbit to Johnny Ma’s To Live To Sing. Meet South Korean writer/director Kim Yong-Hwa, Indian director/producer Karan Johar, and director Wang Xiaoshuai from Mainland China. Carina Lau and K-pop mega-group EXO’s Kim Jun- myeon (SUHO) as Talent Ambassadors. Bringing together local and international industry professionals and Macao’s East-meets-West culture.
Dec 7, 2019 Till Feb 9, 2020
The best way to learn is through having FUN! The beloved Japanese wildlife exhibition, MOVE ! , originated from one of Japan’s top selling children Illustrations, Zukan-MOVE which has sold 2.5-million is now in Macau. Children can easily pick up zoological scientific knowledge through unique interactive learning experiences through parent-child bonding beyond intellectual development.
Time: 12pm - 8pm (Ticket sales close at 7pm)
Venue: Broadway Macau 2/F
Dec 8, 2019
Macao International Parade
Formerly known as the ”Parade through Macau, Latin City”, this spectacular cultural showcase organised by the Cultural Affairs Bureau was initially staged in 2011 to celebrate the 1999 handover of Macau to China, but was rebranded as the Macao International Parade in 2017 in reference to the increasingly cosmopolitan nature of the city as well as the participation of performers from overseas. The parade winds through Macau Peninsula, beginning at the Ruins of St Paul’s and culminating in an evening fiesta at Sai Van Lake Square. Held over one day in December, the aim of the procession is to offer local arts groups the chance to express their creativity in a festive atmosphere and to promote Macau’s cultural industries in a spirit of diversity, allowing local artists to interact with international performing groups. Along the route, visitors can expect to see ethnic dances, puppetry, acrobats, clowns, stilt performers and a colourful array of costumes.
Photography: Macao International Parade
Dec 20, 2019
The 20th Anniversary of Macau SAR
On 20 December 2019, the same day that its new chief executive Ho Iat Seng takes office, Macau also celebrates the 20th anniversary of its handover from Portuguese rule to a special administrative region under China. The occasion will be observed as a public holiday, “Macao Special Administrative Region Establishment Day”, and will be celebrated with a spectacular pyrotechnic display – distinct from the annual Macao International Fireworks Display Contest in September and October, and the traditional New Year fireworks on 31 December – on the evening of 20 December.
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