The sky will be lighting up on 31 December 2018 to celebrate the New Year and welcome in 2019, and the colourful parade and dazzling fireworks are returning to The Float @ Marina Bay for the biggest party of the year. There’s still time to snag your spot for front row seats to all the action! We’ve found the best spots around town offering front-row views where the whole family can catch the displays from.
The Float @ Marina Bay
Marina Bay has tons to offer this year with 50 games and rides at the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival, Car-Free New Year’s Eve, light projections and around the CBD of course, Star Island Singapore Countdown Edition, the newest and coolest countdown in Singapore. When the clock strikes midnight, expect an hour-long display of futuristic pyrotechnics, lights and surround sound along with vibrant performances to start the year off right! You’re going to want to reserve your seat at The Float @ Marina Bay or the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival.
The Float@ Marina Bay; www.apactix.com
Where better to see the sky lit up than in, well, the sky? Jump aboard the world’s second tallest observation wheel for scenic views towards the Marina Bay area, and catch the firework display safely in your capsule without fear of being crushed by the crowds! Getting the timing right might be a bit tricky for this one, so make your booking soon!
Singapore Flyer, 30 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039803, p. 6333 3311; www.singaporeflyer.com
Pack a picnic and capture some amazing family photos up on Marina Barrage as the fireworks pop behind you. The spacious roof top area is ideal for families to hang out at and the perfect spot for being wowed by the celebrations in the sky once the sun goes down.
Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951; www.pub.gov.sg/marinabarrage
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is always a sure hit with the kids when it comes to family-friendly activities, so why not head over to check out the domes, cool off at the free water playground and then head for dinner at Supertree by Indochine? Enjoy a delish IndoChinese meal with 360 degree views of not only the Marina Bay area, where the fireworks are all happening, but the South China Sea too. If your ants-in-their-pants kids are not cut out for a sit down meal, then bag some turf around the Bay East Garden for best views from the ground.
SuperTree by IndoChine, #03-01, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953, p. 6694 8489; www.gardensbythebay.com.sg
Sands Skypark Observation Deck
Go up, up, up and away to the Sands Skypark Observation Deck atop Marina Bay Sands for a bird’s eye view of the entire world (well okay maybe not the world, but certainly most of Singapore). This scenic spot may be a bit pricey ($23 for adults and $17 for kiddos over two years), but it can’t be beaten for catching the spectacular New Year’s fireworks. Or how about heading to CÉ LA VI for Glitter Ball for a date night with plenty of tipple and, of course, a pretty decent view of the fireworks to wrap up the festivities.
CÉ LA VI, 57/F Skypark at Marina Bay Sands, Tower 3 Marina Bay Sands, 1 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018971, p. 6688 7688; www.sg.celavi.com
East Coast Park
Take the family for an evening stroll along East Coast Park. Pack a picnic (and the mozzie spray!) and pitch yourself a spot along the beach to watch the fun. You should be able to see the higher blasts of pyrotechnics – the best views will be towards the Marina Barrage and Gardens by the Bay park connector.
East Coast Park, East Coast Park Service Road, Singapore 449876; www.nparks.gov.sg
This one is a pretty option even without a backdrop of fireworks, but sadly kiddos will have to be left at home while the grown ups dine on tasty dinner options including steak & frites, lobster and scallop carpaccio and chicken cordon bleu with Paris ham and melted cheese. Add signature cocktails, a swanky roof-top setting and knock-out views of the festivities, and you have yourself the perfect evening. Sorry kids!
Lantern Bar, The Fullerton Bay Hotel, 80 Collyer Quay Singapore 049326, p. 6597 5299; www.fullertonhotels.com
The Lawn and The Promontory@Marina Bay
Bring the family, plenty of snacks and your cameras and head to The Lawn where you can sit, relax and enjoy the firework show from your picnic mat.
The Promontory@Marina Bay, 11 Marina Blvd, Singapore 018940; www.marina-bay.sg
Merlion Park, Esplanade Bridge and Jubilee Bridge
Another great area for top views of the fun, but also likely to be jam-packed. Bag a spot early and stand your ground!
With plenty of kid-friendly places to eat along One Fullerton, make an early booking for an outside table with a spot-on view of all the fun happening across the water around Marina Bay. Family-friendly eats include Over Easy (think burgers ‘n’ fries), The Pelican (seafood bar and grill), Palm Beach Seafood and the easiest choice of all: Starbucks!
Helix Bridge and Benjamin Sheares Bridge
With locations bang next to the floating platform, this is as close to the action as it gets. It’s likely to be chockablock so get there early and prepare to possibly be a little bit squashed!
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