Once the turkey feast has been devoured, the Christmas tree has decided to drop all its pines, and the kids are done squabbling over the last mince pie, it’s time to turn our minds away from Christmas Day and start planning the countdown to 2019 with celebrations for the whole family. Having kids in tow doesn’t mean you have to forfeit the parties, bubbly and fireworks – bring the kids along too! Here’s where you can celebrate the last night of 2018 as a family, from top spots to watch the fireworks to gala balls, live performances to fun parties for all…
Star Island Singapore Countdown Edition
How about starting the year with an unforgettable fireworks display? Star Island Singapore is featuring a whole new futuristic firework display hanabi – a pyro-technicoloured musical extraordinaire with lights, 3D sound technology and live performances. Start the celebrations off early with a marketplace and if you’ve left the kids home with the sitter, stick around for the after-party to dance into the new year.
Where: The Float @ Marina Bay
Cost: From $30
Marina Bay Singapore Countdown
Grab a spot around the Marina Bay area and join hundreds of other families gathered to watch the fireworks and revel in the party atmosphere. The Marina Bay Carnival will be back (here’s what we thought about last year’s – spoiler: we had a blast!) with carnival rides and games from roller coasters to water rides, music performances and plenty of F&B for a truly delightful gastronomical experience. Entry is free; ride tickets and game coupons can be purchased on-site. Marina Bay pulls out all the stops to end the year with a huge bang, so make sure you come early to bag yourself a prime patch.
Where: Marina Bay
Bollywood Countdown 2019
Say goodbye to 2018 and welcome 2019 with family and friends, Bollywood style! Feast on delicious Indian fare and shimmy your way into the new year with Bollywood tunes spun by DJ Kevin at this kid-friendly event. Fireworks can be oohed and ahhed over from the gallery overlooking the Singapore Flyer. Dress in your Bollywood finest for a chance to win great prizes for the snazziest outfits, and we hear there will also be family-friendly games.
Where: F1 Pit Buildings
Cost: Family packages from $175 (includes buffet dinner for all). Individual tickets from $30. Kids aged three and below are free. Drinks not included in pricing.
New Year’s Eve Countdown Concert 2019
There’s something to be said for a quiet night of beautifully orchestrated music in a glitzy concert hall. Get the family dressed in their finest threads and ring in 2019 with an evening of classical tunes by the Philharmonic Orchestra. Led by music maestros Lim Yau and Lin Juan as well as presenter William Ledbetter, it’s set to be a delightful, calm evening in good company: the complimentary glass of bubbly for the grown-ups doesn’t hurt either!
Where: Victoria Concert Hall
Cost: $42 per person. Children aged two and above will need their own ticket.
Universal Studios Singapore Countdown to 2019
Singapore’s best theme park extends its hours until 12am for families this New Year’s Eve for a one-in-a-minion fun-packed family night. Rollercoaster your way into 2019 and expect live performances, dazzling pyrotechnics and street performances galore. And, of course, Minions.
Where: Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269;
Cost: Individual tickets cost from $36 per person and family bundles from $134
Esplanade New Year’s Eve Countdown
Lovers of live music, strap on your dancing shoes and head to the Esplanade for a night of smooth tunes, feisty beats and non-stop high energy. Bop along to toe-tapping tunes by local artists like NovoBloco and Bloco Singapura and catch a heap of performances happening throughout the evening. The event is not only family-friendly, it’s free! Yay!
Where: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
Our Tampines Hub Countdown 2019
We’ve already got enough reasons to go to Our Tampines Hub but here’s one more – the Our Tampines Hub Countdown 2019! Party with local stars, and greet the New Year with a special firework, laser and flame show at midnight. Don’t forget to grab your party pack and free eco-gift for a sustainable 2019!
Where: Our Tampines Hub, Town Square
For kids (and adults) who need their beauty sleep, head to Locoland, where midnight happens at 9pm! Dine on quesadillas, tacos and nachos while the kiddos get into facepainting, a screening of Coco and arts and crafts. When the clock strikes 9, you and the kiddos can ring in the new year with sparklers and piñata bashing. Plenty of tipple and none of the tantrums, olé!
Where: Super Loco Robertson Quay, 60 Robertson Quay #01-13 The Quayside Singapore 238252
Escape Into The Enchanted Forest at Faber Peak
Ring in the new year in an enchanted forest at Faber Peak. Wine and dine surrounded by lush greenery with a bird’s eye view of Harbourfront and Sentosa Island from a cable car or hilltop dining and enjoy live performances, party games and a special firework display at midnight. The Singapore Cable Car will be extending its operating hours until 1am on the 31 December so it’s smooth sailing when the revelry is done.
Where: Faber Peak
Cost: From $39++
If the thought of massive traffic jams and packed-to-the-brim public transport strikes fear in your heart, we suggest you stay close to home and catch the celebrations going on in your ‘hood. The community countdowns may not be big on frills, but they are huge in fun and family spirit. Expect activities ranging from balloon sculpting to live performances and even the odd fireworks display. Details of individual events will be popping up closer to the time.
Where: Various locations
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