Macau lights up for Christmas

Winter Extravagaza Launch Ceremony - The Venetian Macao
Christmas celebrations at The Venetian Macao – Santa will be in his grotto until Dec 30

Christmas has arrived in Macau this week with the lighting of Christmas trees throughout the Venetian complex and the opening of an outdoor ice rink at The Parisian Macao.

But the show stealer is perhaps the 50-foot inverted Christmas tree which hangs dramatically from the lobby ceiling of The Parisian Hotel. Organisers admitted the tree had been inspired by Paris’ famous Galeries Lafayette department store which suspended an ‘upside down’ Swarovski-covered tree from its Art Nouveau cupola in 2014. Recent followers of the trend have included London’s Tate Britain, Claridge’s Hotel and Victoria Beckham’s Dover Street boutique.

The stunning ‘upside down’ Christmas tree at The Parisian Macao


The Parisian’s Eiffel Tower installation at the front of the hotel will be lit up with a Grand Illumination Show Christmas Edition light performance until Dec 30 and the hotel’s ‘Winter in Paris’ activities include a fun ice rink on the level 7 observation deck of the tower. Skaters will be kept well fed with an adjacent pop-up cafe serving an assortment of hot and cold refreshments and some pretty tasty hot chocolate.

Meanwhile, down the road at The Venetian Macao, a ‘Winter in Venice’ theme includes a Venetian Express train installation and Santa will be taking up daily residence in his pop-up grotto.

The Christmas installations run until Jan 6 2019; The Parisian Macao ice rink is open 4-10pm daily.