January is usually a festive time in Macau, with all the Chinese New Year celebrations going on, especially when it comes to gastronomic treats, offers and reconnecting with the family! Read on and find out what’s there to do and enjoy this January in Macau. Our selection includes Chinese New Year celebrations, exhibitions, an international regatta and much more!
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The Mandarin Oriental, Macau has crafted an array of menus, offers and takeaway goodies for people to celebrate this Chinese New Year in grand style! With the rat year upon us, join friends and family and have prosperous feasts at their outlets! With their Savory Spring Festival, celebrate a prosperous new year at the Lobby Lounge with an exclusive Chinese New Year-themed afternoon tea and prosperity lunar MO Express menu. If you prefer to celebrate this time with beautiful views, savor a delicious afternoon tea buffet with stunning views overlooking Nam Van Lake and Macau Tower with their Chinese New Year Buffet Afternoon Tea, at Vida Rica Bar.
Chinese New Year Festivities welcomes the year of the rat at Mandarin Oriental, Macau with a dramatic lion dance performance and the roar of firecrackers, spreading good fortune and great health. Why not take the little ones? They’ll surely enjoy it. Also, The Mandarin Cake Shop presents festive hampers and traditional homemade Chinese delicacies. These gourmet seasonal treats make perfect gifts.
When: January 2–February 8, 2020
Chinese New Year Festivities – 11:00am, January 25, 2020
Chinese New Year Buffet Afternoon Tea – 2:00pm–6:00pm, January 25–February 2, 2020
Savory Spring Festival – 12:00pm–6:00pm (Prosperity Lunar MO Express) and 2:00pm–6:00pm (Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea Set), January 25–February 8, 2020
Gourmet Seasonal Treats – January 8–February 8, 2020
Chinese New Year Festivities – Mandarin Oriental, Macau, 945 Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen, NAPE, Macau
Gourmet Seasonal Treats – The Mandarin Cake Shop, Mandarin Oriental, Macau, Avenida Dr Sun Yat Sen Nape, Macau
How much: Savory Spring Festival – MOP $238 per person (Prosperity Lunar MO Express), MOP $458 for two persons (Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea Set)
Chinese New Year Buffet Afternoon Tea – MOP $328 per person
Check menus and takeaway options here
For more information on Vida Rica Bar, call +853 8805 8918 or send an email to [email protected] To contact the Lobby Lounge, call +853 8805 8938 or send an email to [email protected] For reservation of hampers at the Mandarin Cake Shop, call +853 8805 8948 or send an email to [email protected]
The 19th Macao City Fringe Festival, organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau, (IC, from the Portuguese acronym), features a series of outreach activities, including workshops, talks, exhibitions, sharing sessions, and the backstage volunteer campaign entitled “Slashie”, offering rich and diverse artistic experiences to the public.
The programme “On Site” under the series “Crème de la Fringe” features three “Body Playground” workshops, namely “Body Awareness and Research”, “Contemporary Dance Techniques: Muscular Conscience” and “Parkour x Dance”, which will be instructed by international dancers including Xiao Zhiren from Guangzhou, Diego Sinniger from Spain, Lee Hong Kiu and Li Tuokun from Hong Kong, respectively. Participants will further explore physical possibilities as well as learn from and exchange with the artists at close range.
When: January 10–19, 2020
Where: Dom Pedro V Theatre, Navy Yard 2, Jorge Álvares Square, Rui Cunha Foundation, Cinematheque Passion, Patane Library, Lou Kau Mansion, Hiu Kok Arts Centre, Camões Garden, Old Court Building, Mount Fortress Garden, Nam Van Lake Nautical Center, Casa Garden, Macau Flying Eagle Training Centre Conference Room, Macao Conservatory
How much: Most events are free; the priced ones cost between MOP $50–$120
The 2020 Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Cup Regatta & Macao Cup International Regatta, organized by the Sports Bureau of the Macao SAR Government and Across Four Oceans Sailing Event Management is held from January 9 to 12.
The 2020 Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Cup Regatta & Macao Cup International Regatta is an international regatta hosted by Macau, heralding a new era for Macau’s international sailing competitions. With a coastline of 76.7 km, the city is endowed with the extraordinary geographical advantages for hosting international sailing events. Through hosting the regatta, the organizers are looking to nurture marine sports in Macau, enrich local sport events, and support the work in consolidating Macau as the “World Centre of Tourism and Leisure”.
When: January 9–12, 2020
Where: Hac Sa Beach, Estrada de Hac Sá, Coloane
How much: Free admission
Through various presentations by means of digital multimedia, interactive experiencing, spatial displays, and physical displays, “A Panorama of Rivers and Mountains 3.0” illustrates the aesthetic nuances of this most famous ancient Chinese painting, exploring it by “moving, travelling, seeing, living” within it, so as to convey the masterpiece’s philosophical pursuit of “harmony between man and nature”, prompting visitors to ponder the relationships between man and nature, man and society, and man and his soul.
The digital long scroll of A Panorama of Rivers and Mountains is the world’s first multi-channel technology enabling real-time interaction with the audience. By just waving a hand, a viewer can have a character in the painting walk out of the boat cabin and greet him or her. The digital scroll also projects the succession of seasons (spring, summer, autumn and winter) and weather changes (cloudy, sunny, rainy, snowy) on the wall screen as well as synchronizing with real-time weather changes in Macau.
When: December 18, 2019–March 15, 2020
Where: Macao Museum of Art, Avenida Xian Xing Hai, NAPE, Macau
How much: Free admission
For more information, check the event’s official website
Panos Kanatsoulis, a veteran of the industry and an award-winning bartender with years of experience in Greece and internationally, brings a selection of contemporary creations with Greek flavors over three exquisitely themed evenings. He works in Athens and has a career in mixology of more than a decade, so be sure to not miss this Bar Stories Chapter 46 and head to Vida Rica Bar to experience new and inventive cocktails!
On the same days, Chef Marinos Kosmas, from Estiatorio Keia, is at Vida Rica Restaurant to offer a pop-up experience to diners, with contemporary Greek cuisine on offer. Mykonos Brunch happens on January 18 only and features a range of delicious dishes, including an option of free-flow drinks.
When: Friday–Sunday, 9:00pm till late, January 17–19, 2020
For more information and reservations, call +853 8805 8928 or send an email to [email protected]
VR Zone at Macau Fisherman’s Wharf
The Fisherman’s Wharf now has a virtual reality entertainment area! As part of this drive, Macau Fisherman’s Wharf has partnered with a well-known Japanese brand, Bandai Namco Amusement Inc. to bring the first Japanese VR experience center to Macau. It has been open since December 18, 2019. Gather friends and family and have a blast at Macau’s newest digital entertainment area!
The VR zone in Macau Fisherman’s Wharf is the company’s 31st facility outside of Japan and includes six popular activities, namely “Winged Bicycle”, “Hospital Escape Terror”, “The Big Fear of Heights Experience”, “Galaga Fever”, “Ski Rodeo” and “Mario Kart Arcade GP”. All of them offer unique and exciting experiences not found anywhere else in Macau. The innovative, cutting-edge VR technology used at the VR Zone is sure to become a dominant source of entertainment in the amusement sector for the whole of Macau. It will not only provide some of the most exciting entertainment on the market right now but will expand in the future with more incredible experiences.
When: December 18, 2019–ongoing
Where: Shop 13A-18E, Convention and Exhibition Centre, Macau Fisherman’s Wharf, Avenida da Amizade e Avenida Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, NAPE, Macau
For more information, check here
Hot Pot Street is back! Discover a host of heartwarming favorites from Guangdong, Hunan, Thailand, and Japan. New offerings include the live seafood station, organic vegetables, and beef from around the world. Don’t miss signature dishes such as braised lamb brisket in clay pot, fish with chilli and pickled cabbage casserole, and suckling pig and lobster seafood hot pot. Come and warm yourself up with your favorite flavor of hot pot or perhaps discover something new!
When: October 18, 2019–February 29, 2020
Where: Broadway Food Street, Broadway Macau, Avenida Marginal Flor de Lótus, Cotai
For more information, check their website
Macau has been increasing land resources through reclamation since the mid-19th century, which subsequently has had a profound impact on its overall urban development. The gathering and integration of different cultures over the past centuries have resulted in the combination of Chinese and Western styles in the city’s architecture and the emergence of new landscapes amid urban development.
“A Pearl of the Sea – Exhibition of Macao’s Urban Evolution” features 101 exhibits divided into four sections: Geographical Change, Past View and New Image, Infrastructure Constructions and A New Chapter, seeking to give both residents and tourists a better understanding of Macau’s achievements in a variety of fields over the last 20 years since the handover, and present a brand new historical image of Macau.
When: December 27, 2019–April 19, 2020
Where: Macao Museum, 112 Praceta do Museu de Macau, Macau
How much: Free admission
For more information, call +853 2835 7911 or check the event’s website