(Photo by Wesley Loh / Courtesy of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay)
It’s time to bid 2017 adieu and look forward to the brand new year ahead! On 31 December, our iconic Marina Bay once again plays host to the biggest New Year's Eve celebration here in Singapore, with a range of fun-filled activities and exciting performances for the family. In line with this year’s theme of ‘Bay of Hopes and Dreams’, there are also initiatives for visitors to do their bit to support those in need.
Here’s a look at what you can expect if you’re rounding up the year back home!
Follow the MBSC Charity Trail
Landmarks in the MBSC Charity Trail (Image courtesy of Urban Redevelopment Authority)
The Marina Bay Singapore Countdown (MBSC) hosts the MBSC Charity Trail for the first time, which incorporates landmarks like The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, the ArtScience Museum and the Esplanade. At each dedicated station, you can learn more about the charities supported by various stakeholders, and make a difference by either pledging to volunteer, or making a donation.
Enjoy the ultimate fireworks view at The Float @ Marina Bay
Also another first in MBSC ‘s history, The Float @ Marina Bay will be open to the public on New Year’s Eve for a special Picnic & Fireworks Viewing! ‘Chope’ yourself a coveted spot at the seating gallery for spectacular views of the New Year fireworks along the Bay, or bring your picnic mat to dine under the stars at the Floating Platform. You can also pick up a quick bite or browse the curated crafts at the nearby Countdown Market.
Tickets for the Picnic & Fireworks Viewing at The Float can be purchased online at $5.50 . Admission at the door on the day of the event is $8.
You can view the live stream of the six-minute long firework display at midnight (Singapore Standard Time) on New Year’s Day (1 January 2018) via the Marina Bay Singapore Facebook page and Urban Redevelopment Authority’s Instagram account @urasingapore (mobile only).
Join in the celebrations at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Ring in the new year with (L-R) Gareth Fernandez, Gayle Nerva and Nick Zavior at the Esplanade (Image courtesy of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay)
Our beloved performing arts centre has pulled out all the stops to Celebrate December, with various free performances held throughout the festive season. They will be rounding off 2017 with music on 31 December, starting with performances at the Concourse by local singer-songwriter Amni Musfirah. Usher in 2018 at the Explanade’s annual New Year’s Eve Countdown at the Outdoor Theatre, with local acts like Gayle Nerva and Gareth Fernandez, featuring The Momma Shop, and Nick Zavior and His All Stars.
Visit the Esplanade’s website for detailed information on programmes and timings for Celebrate December.
View light projection displays around the Bay
Light projections against The Fullerton Hotel Singapore’s façade. (Image courtesy of Urban Redevelopment Authority)
MBSC’s annual tradition of penning wishes takes on a digital twist this year, as New Year wishes will be displayed against The Fullerton Hotel Singapore’s exterior – a first for the event.
Viewers can also enjoy synchronised light projections on the iconic Merlion and the ArtScience Museum, designed to complement the main show on The Fullerton Hotel.
The light projection displays at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, the Merlion and the ArtScience Museum takes place hourly from 8pm-11pm (and an additional show at 11.55pm) on 31 December. Aside from viewing wishes from other Singaporeans if you’re back home, you can also send in your online wishes here, which will be displayed on MBSC’s online wishing billboard.
Join in a Car-Free Countdown in the Civic District
Asian Civilisations Museum at night. (Image courtesy of Urban Redevelopment Authority)
Following last year’s inaugural celebrations in the area, the Civic District will be a hive of activity once again on New Year’s Eve. Roads around the Padang – St Andrew’s Road, Connaught Drive and part of Fullerton Road – will be closed from 4pm on 31 December, to 5am the next day, for revellers to enjoy a car-free countdown experience.
Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast, music fan, movie buff, or a fond foodie, there is something for everyone to enjoy! And museum lovers, rejoice – the Asian Civilisations Museum will open its doors till midnight, while the National Gallery will extend its opening hours till 2am.
View details of specific programmes around the Civic District here (click on the ‘Civic District’ tab).
Visit Singapore’s Largest Carnival at Marina Bay
Carnival-goers at The Promontory. (Image courtesy of Prudential Marina Bay Carnival)
Step right up, folks – the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival is in town! With a sprawling 25,000m2 of over 40 rides and games, this carnival is the largest ever at Marina Bay. Enjoy a unique view of Marina Bay from atop the 35-metre Star Flyer or relive your childhood at the classic merry-go-round. Other highlights of the carnival include weekly yoga and fitness classes, music performances and a delicious array of eats – from fairground favourites like popcorn, churros and hot dogs, to dishes with a local twist like chilli crab pasta and chendol soft serve.
The Prudential Marina Bay Carnival runs till 1 April 2018. On New Year’s Eve, it will run from 3pm to 2am (on 1 January 2018). Admission is free; however, note that there may be controlled entry to the carnival grounds on the day for crowd control purposes. Visit the Marina Bay Carnival’s website for more information on rides and highlights.
Map of the key New Year’s Eve event locations at Marina Bay (Image courtesy of Urban Redevelopment Authority)
From all of us at OSU, Happy 2018!
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