Believe it or not, but there’s a pocket-sized destination that’s incredibly close to home hosting some of the most exciting festivals and events coming up in December this year.

Yep, I’m talking about Macao here, which may come as some surprise to those of you who’ve never visited our multicultural neighbours. But for those that have, you’ll know that there’s a whole ton of extra reasons why you should visit Macao this year apart from all these incredible festivals and events.

For example, there’s diving headfirst into Macao’s delicious food scene, which was recently designated a member in the elite UNESCO Creative Cities list for its gastronomy. And then there’s the fact that this compact destination has more than it’s more than its fair share of historic attractions an UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

But those are topics for another day…

Here are the top five festivals and events you can experience this December in Macao.

 

1. MACAO LIGHT FESTIVAL

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A festival for the whole family, the month long Macao Light Festival is pretty much the Macanese version of Vivid Sydney, literally lighting up the city’s iconic landmarks with colourful light installations and dressing the city in beautiful displays.

The Macao Light Festival will run from December 3 to 31.

 

2. 2017 MACAO INTERNATIONAL PARADE

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Providing a rolling platform for Macao’s local arts groups to express their creativity and diversity and for everyone to get in the festive mood, the Macao International Parade (formerly the Parade through Macao, Latin City) is a riot of colour, sound and food – of course!

Be there on December 17!

 

3. MACAO INTERNATIONAL MARATHON

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Register for the full or half marathon (42 and 21kms respectively), the mini marathon (5.5km) or just enjoy the spectacle from the sidelines at the Macao International Marathon through the city’s streets and broad avenues.

The Macao International Marathon has been putting sport tourism on Macao’s map since 1981, and will take play on December 3.

 

4. THE SECOND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AND AWARDS MACAO

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The IFFA Macao 2017  is a smorgasbord of some of the best cinema in Asia and the rest of the world over seven exciting days. This year’s festival will focus on first and second time film makers, as well as play host to some true stars.

The International Film Festival and Awards Macao will run from December 8 to 14.

 

5. NEW YEAR FIREWORKS

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Ring in the new year in absolute style in Macao and bear witness to one of the world’s most magnificent firework displays on the last day of the year.

Believe us: it even rivals what Sydney has to offer!

So what are you waiting for?

Visit www.visitmacao.com.au for more information and inspiration on celebrating the end of the year in vibrant Macao.

What are you most looking forward to experiencing in Macao this December? Tell us in the comments below…

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