Pack your stuff and come to Macau to immerse yourself in the city’s unique combination of Chinese-with-a-hint-of-Portuguese charm and its renowned love for festivities just in time for the Lunar New Year. To greet the Year of The Dog, the city will explode into color and movement as the ground becomes flooded with parades, flowers, lanterns, dancers and excited people while the sky lights up with fireworks. Many high-end hotels are offering great deals on themed feasts and special accommodation & spa packages. Honor old traditions and develop new ones – there’s so much fun to be had in this special time in the truly unique city of Macau!
Chinese New Year flower market in Tap Seac Square is an unmissable New Year's Eve stop for so many in Macau. Honor the tradition and give away your flowers of choice or use them to add fresh life to the festive decorations. Get some souvenirs and delicious bites along the way too. Don't forget about the market at Iao Hon Garden as well. Direct your gaze towards the sky for another colorful tradition and enjoy a legendary, free display of fireworks over Nam Van Lake. Why not set off some firecrackers to scare the evil spirits too? Click here to find out exactly where and when fireworks and firecrackers can be sold, looked at, and played with!
Mystical canines join their human companions in welcoming the Year of the Dog with the biggest celebratory parades! Sai Van Lake Square is the joyful procession's starting point on February 18. The parade will glide through the streets to Av. Dr. Sun Yat Sen and then proceed to the Macao Science Center. Another parade starts its festive journey on February 24 from Rua Norte do Patane and ends it in Iao Hon Market Garden. The parades are a mesmerizing vision of amazing cultural performances in the company of magical floats! Find a teaser and all the details you need here and don't forget about the chance to see all the floats again at the Parade Float Exhibitions beginning at 10pmat Macao Science Center on February 18, and at 10pm at Tap Seac Square on February 24!
Though those two parades are the highlight of the celebration, it is The Golden Dragon and Lion Parade that will signal the very beginning of the festivities on February 16, 2018 at 11am. The parade will fill the streets of the historic centre with a gigantic golden dragon in the company of numerous lions and Gods of Fortune, Happiness, Longevity, Prosperity, zodiac mascots, numerous other friendly beings and people joining in with their own festive moves!
Get some pinwheels to attract luck in the Year of the Dog! Visit the incense and pinwheel stalls at the A-Ma Temple next to Barra Square and take your time to ask the goddess for luck in the following year as well. See exactly when and where to buy these traditional good luck charms! Additionally, Macau's Cultural Affairs Bureau is organizing, among other things, a pinwheel production workshop on February 16-18, 10:30am-12:00pm/3:00pm-4:30pm at Chong Sai Pharmacy! Take your kids to learn about the craftsmanship behind these happy objects so they can appreciate them even more. Read on to find out how to get your hand on more knowledge!
There are more workshops and activities that add a super-engaged, hands-on aspect to the celebration experience! A Couplets Workshop is held on February 15, 2pm-5:30pm at Mandarin's House and on February 13-21, 2pm-5pm at Jao Tsung-I Academy. Lou Kau Mansion hosts Red Pocket Painting Workshop on February 16-18, 3pm-5pm and there is a Creative Stamps Workshop opened until the end of February, held at 10am-6pm at Patane Night Watch House. These do not require registration in advance, so get some fascinating new knowledge on a whim!
This year, watch an array of amazing performances brought to the festive peeps of Macau by Macau's Cultural Affairs Bureau. From February 15-19, witness a variety of New Year performances (including a traditional lion dance!) at Tap Siac Square, Iao Hon Market Square, Pak Tai Temple, Taipa, Anim'Arte NAM VAN, Lou Kau Mansion and General Ye Ting's Former Residence. All performances are in the early afternoon and there's no need to register in advance, so you can pack and take your kids to see them at the last minute!
"Your Fortune Starts Here" - i.e. at a fortuitous celebration at Galaxy Macau. These guys go to especially great lengths to offer an immersive festive experience. Rich traditional Chinese decorations, glowing lanterns, drums and knots are keeping your New-Year spirits high. Diamond Lobby boosts them even more with its enormous, wonderfully decorated New Year couplets, five lucky lions and 9-meter lanterns illuminating both the space and the year ahead. The East Square is dominated by a 6.5-meter Lucky Dog whose blessings will hopefully dominate the following year as well as the food offered there will dominate your senses with festive deliciousness! Broadway Macau & StarWorld Hotel offer even more to marvel at and experience, like 12 golden zodiac figures that tell your fortune, unique musical performances and a special New Year show!
Macau is perhaps most known precisely for its festive spirit and the luxury it offers. Chinese New Year is when irresistible combinations of both are in full swing. Try out special New Year treats and ensure that the New Year begins with the sweetest taste in your mouth; many hotels offer themed feasts and delightful treats. If you are already feeling lucky, try your fortune in one of the city's many famous casino resorts, many of which offer special New Year promotions and activities. Finally, if you can only take so much festive stimuli at a time, go pamper yourself in one of Macau's heavenly spas to rest before further exploring and immersing yourself in the depths of Chinese celebratory joy! This is just scratching the surface of the city's offer, but here are some special festive arrangements of various kinds at Macau's luxury spots to begin your search with: