Christmas Celebration in Macau

Christmas Celebration in Macau

It is December and Christmas is coming! Have you planned your holiday yet? If you would like to try something special, then Macau is one of the best places you can consider to spend your vacation. Not only is Macau the closest destination that allows you to take a short flight to visit a world heritage-site, it is also full of Christmassy ambience with its feature architecture. Besides, as it is the last month for celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Macau SAR, there are a full slate of fabulous performances arranged in December.

There is a Christmas Concert to be held at the world heritage-listed St. Dominic’s Church on 23 December. This concert will put you in a strong festive atmosphere while you are listening to the performance of the Macau Orchestra, together with the Perosi Choir and Dolce Voce. They are going to perform the works of Mozart and Bach as well as those of well-known Macau composer Doming Lam. Besides the Christmas Concert, you can also participate in the midnight mass at the Cathedral, a mini-concert at Macau Fisherman’s Wharf, or Christmas Eve Celebrations in one of the territory’s premier hotels. No matter what options you go for, Macau is definitely a good place to celebrate the season in your own special way.

After Christmas rejoicing, you need to prepare yourself for another celebration. A Countdown Ceremony at Sai Van Lake Square brings you a spectacular experience, while counting down with the cast of ZAiA performing peculiar twists. It is a fact that on New Year’s Eve, Macau residents and visitors will be spoiled with different types of Countdown parties! Exquisite cuisine, cocktails, live bands, dance and fireworks are the essential ingredients for a traditional New Year’s Eve Countdown. All the “Welcome 2010” events will be held in popular outdoor venues such as Sai Van Lake Square, Macau Fisherman’s Wharf, and Avenue da Praia in Taipa, with fireworks displays lighting up and decorating the sky.

To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Macau SAR, visitors can join various events on 20 December. The day will start with solemn flag-raising ceremonies in the morning. This is an event launched by the Macau SAR Government at Golden Lotus Square, followed by a series of performances. After the flag-raising event, Macau Stadium will host a concert of Andy Lau interacting with 10,000 spectators. The show has not only been designed as a highly audio-visual entertainment program but also a sporting occasion unlike any other. The fireworks display will be the next program after the concert. On the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Macau SAR, a glitz-and-glitter fireworks display will be held on this auspicious evening on the Macau Tower shorefront, with even bigger crowds expected in this special year. After all these intense itineraries, you may like to go for something static. In that case, you can visit the exhibitions of ancient Chinese artifacts such as “Season of Return” and the “Handover Gifts Exhibition” which follow the anniversary theme.

In addition to the grand celebration, there are many other museums you might like to visit in order to get a full picture of Macau. You can just pop into the brand-new Macau Science Center which was designed by the renowned Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei. The Exhibition Center features 14 galleries arranged in a spiral and accentuated with an arch-shaped glass observation deck in a 180-degree view, plus a gift shop and restaurant to provide visitors with a full range of services. The centrepiece of the Planetarium is a tilted dome-shaped screen 15 meters in diameter. The high resolution 3D digital projectors, powerful database and spectacular projection effects will surprise and impress any audience.

If you do like drinking wine and watching Grand Prix, then you cannot miss the Grand Prix Museum and Wine Museum. Many visitors make a bee-line to the Grand Prix Museum because of its collection of magnificent machines and memorabilia belong to past champions. The Grand Prix Museum allows visitors to participate themselves in the Macau Grand Prix video game and drive a simulator in the World Touring Car Championship; while the Wine Museum houses over 1,000 bottles of wine, including the fine and very rare 1815 Porto. Visitors can admire modern and traditional tools connected with the art of viniculture. From now untill the end of the year, these two museums are open to the public for free with a modest MOP10 to taste a glass of wine.

To see something very traditional, you can go visiting the A-Ma Temple and Ruins of St. Paul’s. The Chinese Lion Dances and Portuguese Folk Dances, which are unique cultural traditions of Macau, will be performed every Saturday and Sunday till 27 December. It is known that Macau Government Tourist Office regularly hosts these popular tourist attractions at A-Ma Temple and the Ruins of St. Paul’s, which are prominent landmarks in the UNESCO-listed Historic Centre of Macau. Visitors can not only enjoy free performances there, but also can learn the history of Macau.

Last but not least, in order to promote the outstanding attractions of the Historic Centre of Macau, from today intil 31 December, the Macau Government Tourist Office and Macau Tourist Guide Association jointly present a free guide service to provide a local trip for tourists visiting the historical spots of Macau. You can register in the Macau Business Tourism Centre at Senado Square or Macau Tourism & Cultural Activities Centre in the Company of Jesus Square near the Ruins of St. Paul’s. Registration for the free trip is on a first come, first served basis.

For further information and free brochures, please visit MGTO at 10F-C, No. 167 Tun Hwa North Rd, Taipei 105, or visit the official MGTO website at http://www.macautourism.gov.mo

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