December is a festive month to visit Macao and a special time to visit Macao’s historical landmarks. From the steps of the iconic Ruins of St Paul’s to the cobblestone paths near the Taipa Houses Museum,in Taipa Village, the former Portuguese enclave glitters during the Macao Light Festival.
This year’s theme is Amor Macau, a sparkling kaleidoscope of mesmerising light installations designed around the theme of love and dreams. It’s a family festival that is enchanting visitors of all ages.
The Macao Light Festival is an innovative program of projection mapping and multicoloured light installations involving more than 100 transmedia creators from Macao.
These light artists have created an impressive display along with interactive games at several locations around the UNESCO World Heritage-listed centre.
It’s one of the best times of the year to visit Macao, as these bright displays bring history to life.
A fairyland of lights
The historic areas of Macao are a fairyland of enchanting lights that will surely capture your imagination as you wander around.
Also on the programme are an exhibition of light art while outdoor concerts at Anim’ Art Nam Van Lake (on Saturday nights), an outdoor movie and a special Light Festival dinner adds to the celebrations.
Discover Macao Light Festival
The Macao Light Festival 2017 is the third Macao Light Festival and is an initiative of the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO).
When to go?
The Macao Light Festival is on each December. Here’s the programme for this year’s festival. The lights come on daily between 7pm and 10pm.
Best spots to see lights in Macao?
The main projection mapping experiences are at the Ruins of St Paul’s, St Lazarus Church and St Anthony’s Church.
Where to find interactive games?
Head to the Ruins of St Paul’s and St Lazarus Church.
Other places to see light installations?
Senado Square, Calçada da Igreja de S. Lázaro and Albergue SCM, Anim’Arte NAM VAN, the Nam Van Lake Nautical Centre, Taipa Houses and Camoes Garden.
Here’s a post with more festivals in Macao and a great list of shiny new resorts to check into. If you’re planning on visiting with the family, here are some things to do with kids in Macao and a three-day family itinerary.