Essential Macau | Time travel in Macau

This December, Macao Light Festival 2018 presents a delightfully flamboyant and entertaining event featuring light, 3D mapping and VR games for the Macao Light Festival 2018 – Time Travel in Macao organised by the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau, the Cultural Affairs Bureau and the Sports Bureau. The Festival runs from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm from 2nd to 31st December. 


Since the inaugural edition in 2015, Macao Light Festival has showcased a different side of Macao World Heritage via stunning light displays and 3D effects. This year, in order to create new experiences in the Festival for tourists the organiser has invited teams from Portugal, Belgium and Macau to tailor and stage three different projection mapping shows at the Ruins of St. Paul’s at different periods.

Time travel

Tourists can join a glittering journey across time to explore different attractions of the city through three distinctive themed routes featuring eleven locations.  The Play Time route covers landmarks such as St. Dominic’s Church and the Ruins of St. Paul’s as well as new locations such as Pátio de Chôn Sau, Rua das Estalagens, Rua dos Ervanários and Largo do Pagode do Bazar, and more.

Some new destinations for the younger generation like Nam Van Lake Nautical Centre and Anim’Arte Nam Van at Praia Grande (Nam Van) and Sai Van district are included in the second route known as Youth Time. Meanwhile, the Taste Timeroute presents an array of signature architecture in Taipa such as the Taipa Houses at Our Lady of Carmel Parish and new locations like the Taipa Municipal Market and Pak Tai Temple.

New attractions

In addition to the light shows, an array of interactive games and light installations have been designed to enchant spectators and enhance their participation: tourists, for example, can soar above Macao enjoying a panoramically scenic flight over the Nam Van Lake Nautical Centre with VR goggles. Visitors can also visit a fun cultural and creative night market at Anim’Arte Nam Van along with a local concert during the weekends.

With Macau a new UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, the Festival also features illuminated drinks and souvenirs from food trucks and the Gastronomy Night Market in front of Pak Tai Temple

For more information and offers, please download The Macao Light Festival 2018 mobile app.

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