Have you visited Macau yet? If not, you really should give it some thought. Easily accessible by fast boat from Hong Kong, or even with direct flights, Macau is truly unique among Asiaâ€™s cities. With 400 years of Portuguese colonialism intermingled with Chinese heritage, and over a decade of development with some of the worldâ€™s largest integrated entertainment resorts, you really get the best of all worlds.
Decemberâ€™s weather is cool, and can sometimes be downright chilly, but Macauâ€™s approaching event calendar is seriously hot! Check out these great events in what is a truly fascinating city.
Full of energy: Macau Light Festival
Another reason to get out of bed, even in the cool night air of Macau, is the light festival. Â Planned throughout the month, the festival will entertain with installations and video mapping on Macauâ€™s iconic and historic walls.
Follow the â€˜Journey of Lightsâ€™ with the the Butterfly Fairy and her ten adorable elves, as you follow them in and out of light tunnels. Itâ€™s a truly interactive experience as you play with these delightful, fluttering beings through games and other activities.
Date: 4 – 31 December 2016
Guess whoâ€™s having a birthday!
Macau celebrates its birthday on the December 20, and the city turns sweet 17 this year. Crash the party by attending the sports and art show featuring athletes, artists, and celebrities of song and dance at 2.00 pm.
Complete your day at 9.00 pm in awe of the fireworks display at the Macau Tower on the banks of the Pearl River. This is a city that doesnâ€™t sleep so continue on at the light festival and have late night suppers at one of a number Michelin starred restaurants or delicious local eateries that are literally everywhere.
Date: 20 December 2016
New Yearâ€™s party!
Need we say more? Head out to one of the celebrating venues with stage performance that can be enjoyed for free. Notable local celebrations are located at Rotunda de Carlos da Maia, Taipa Houses, Macau Fishermanâ€™s Wharf, Happy Square at Broadway, The Parisian Macao, and letâ€™s not forget the world class fireworks display from the Macau Tower waterfront.
Date: 31 December 2016, starts at 9.30 pm.
The party isnâ€™t over!
Heal your hangover on the first day of 2017 at the Galaxy Macau with some free live stage performances, then wander the shops followed by a delicious Macanese lunch on leafy Coloane, Macauâ€™s outer island with beachside serenity.
Check out the whatâ€™s on in Macau page for more great ideas of things to do, or grab your camera and take in the heart of the old shopping centre at San Ma Lo and Senado Square, with its iconic 16th century ruins of St Paul’s church perched at the top.
Images courtesy of the Macau Government Tourism Bureau