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6th annual Macau Shopping Festival offers ideal retail therapy with sales and competitions

Great deals and superb bargains on offer thanks to the city’s free-port status

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 December, 2016, 9:47am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 December, 2016, 9:47am

Like to finish a busy year with some relaxing retail therapy? The best news of the festive season is the 6th annual Macau Shopping Festival, a must-go event for local residents and visitors alike.

Whatever is your fancy - from splashing out on brand names in designer emporiums, to hunting down a perfect antique in the labyrinth of curios stores - a treasure trove of Macau “finds” awaits your exploration. It’s free port status means that Macau represents shopping value, and with the sales and competitions offered by retailers this month, you’re bound to pick up a bargain.

The 2016 Macau Shopping Festival involves the whole city. It starts with Shop Anywhere, Lucky Draw Everywhere, whereby anyone with spending receipts of 500 patacas (HK$485) can go into the draw. Be in it for your share of prizes worth a total value of 5.5 million patacas.

To improve your lucky draw opportunities, as well as the chance for instant giveaways, play the Macau Shopping Festival MOMEplay WeChat game. You can share the moments of this fun initiative with social media friends.

Thousands of retails outlets are joining in the spirit of the festival, including Landmark Rainbow Boutique with its month-long grand sale.

Major retail players are offering incentives. It is shopping rewards season at The Parisian Macao, luxury shopping and hotel complex featuring the Eiffel Tower as its romantic centrepiece.

A day trip from Hong Kong is never enough – so plan on staying a while.

It takes time to browse through One Central Macau, a cornucopia of the world’s leading luxury brands; the elegant boutiques of Wynn Esplanade; the Boulevard at Studio City; the upmarket Shoppes at Four Seasons; or the dazzling brands at Galaxy Macao.

Fisherman’s Wharf, the first themed entertainment complex in Macau, is worth a return visit. And allow a few hours to explore The Venetian, a shopping and hotel complex so vast that a river runs through it, complete with gondoliers.

Glitzy malls aside, don’t miss the old town. One of the most rewarding experiences of any visit to Macau is the side streets that snake around Senado Square. Browsing through the quaint tea shops, antiques stores and funky boutiques is pure entertainment.

Other ports of call for the curious shopper include Red Market, a pedestrian street lined with produce and clothing stalls, named after the red buildings constructed by the Portuguese in the 20th century; and Rua de S.Paulo Area, a popular piazza near the Ruins of St Paul's where furniture and antique shops sell antique porcelain, ancient coins and rosewood reproductions of traditional Chinese furniture.

Festival highlights include:

  • - Lucky draws. Present shopping receipts of 500 patacas to designated counters to be eligible for lucky draw prizes.
  • - Landmark Rainbow Boutique Grand sale. Save with discounts of up to 90 per cent on goods in store at Landmark Rainbow throughout December.
  • - Macau Grand Sale. Enjoy bargains from Macau brands and smaller shops. Sale is on at Macau Fisherman's Wharf Convention and Exhibition Centre on December 23 and 24.
  • - Participate in Macau Shopping Festival MOME WeChat games. Play and share to earn more lucky draw opportunities.