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The best places to catch fireworks for free on New Year's Eve in Singapore

Celebrate the end of 2019, and welcome the start of 2020. What better way to celebrate than with amazing firework displays at these vantage points

By Time Out Singapore editors |
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Andaz, Mr Stork, fireworks
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End your year with a bang with a bang – literally. Whether it's New Year's Eve or the National Day Parade, Singapore knows how to light the sky up with a dazzling display of fireworks. If you want to avoid the crowds at The Fullerton and CBD, here are the not-so-secret spots to catch the visual spectacle instead.

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Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade
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Attractions

Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade

Marina Bay

Soak in the picturesque views of the NYE fireworks by the riverside. There's no better way to enjoy the visual extravaganza than with a breath of fresh air – and other enthusiastic people looking forward to the new year. 

Esplanade Park
Photo: NParks
Attractions

Queen Elizabeth Walk

City Hall

If you happen to be at the Esplanade Park, make sure to check out Queen Elizabeth Walk. There are benches placed throughout this walkway where you can sit and admire the fireworks. A great place to check out many historic sites, as well as a great view of the Singapore River. Make sure to ‘chope’ your seats if you wanna sit for the fireworks as it is going to get crowded. 

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Marina Bay, sunrise, Merlion Park
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Things to do

The Merlion

Raffles Place

It is safe to say that the Merlion is the most iconic tourist attraction in Singapore. It is also the best spot for a perfect view of Marina Bay – especially at night. Chope some seats, enjoy the fireworks and celebrate the new year.

Sport and fitness

Stadium Riverside Walk @ Singapore Sports Hub

Kallang

Not ready to brace the city crowd? You can get yourself a spot by the Stadium waterfront to catch the countdown fireworks without having to squeeze your way through thick city crowds. Despite being away from the city, the view from Stadium waterfront is just as good – you might even experience the Kallang wave while you’re at it. 

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Bay East Gardens, Fireworks, Marina Bay
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Bay East Garden @ Gardens by the Bay

For panoramic views of the fireworks, flanked by Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Flyer (makes for a good photo op!), head to Bay East Garden. It's accessible by car via Tanjong Rhu Road or across the bridge from Marina Barrage.

Helix Bridge, Marina Bay, Fireworks
Photo: Orpheus

Helix Bridge and Benjamin Sheares Bridge

Two of the most popular places to view the fireworks are the Helix Bridge and the Benjamin Sheares Bridge. Both are conveniently positioned close to where the celebrations are held, giving a good view of the bay area. Be sure to arrive early to save yourself a good spot.

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The Lawn at Marina Bay
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The Lawn @ Marina Bay

Between The Sail and Marina Bay Financial Centre is a grass lawn where you can gather a comfortable distance away from the crowds. If all else fails, you can always snatch reflections of the fireworks from the buildings of MBFC.

Marina bay fireworks
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Esplanade Bridge and Jubilee Bridge

Let's be real, everywhere will be mega packed on New Year's Eve, especially if you are going to be hanging out in the Marina Bay area. From Merlion Park to the Helix Bridge, everyone will be clamouring to find a good spot for the fireworks. The Esplanade Bridge is an alternative spot for a worm's-eye view of the pyrotechnics display so try to reserve spots quickly. 

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Marina Barrage
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Marina Barrage

Although it may be a distance away from the immediate action, the expansive lawn of Marina Barrage overlooks the city from across the Marina Channel. The views are slightly obstructed from its green roof, but you’ll get to see the lights against the Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sands with the business district in the background. 

For a fee

Star Island
Photo: Antonio Gabola, Unsplash

The Float @ Marina Bay

If you have no idea where to spend New Year’s Eve, why not go for the Star Island, happening on The Float @ Marina Bay? It is a fireworks musical extravaganza, originally from Japan. And for the first time, they are coming to Singapore. Why not end 2019 and start 2020 with a big bang? Tickets start from $88. 

 

Things to do

Marina Bay Sands SkyPark

Marina Bay

Welcome the new year with fireworks on one of Singapore’s tallest observation deck. Overlooking the Marina Bay, the Sands SkyPark Observation Deck lets you sit front row for the fireworks extravaganza that always takes place by the bay. Visitors might be compelled to take professional shots of the fireworks and the picturesque night view of the CBD, but MBS does prohibit professional camera equipment, camera’s and other accessories, to the deck. You can also check out the infinity pool, but no dipping please, that's for hotel guests only. A trip up here will cost $20 for adults, $17 for senior citizens and $14 for children.

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Restaurants, Global

Lantern

Raffles Place

Perched on top of the Fullerton Bay Hotel, Lantern is composed of an infinity pool and a lush green landscape. To top it all off, the resto-bar provides diners with a panoramic view of the Marina Bay waterfront. Pair the view with Lantern’s sensual ambience, cocktails or fine wine, and chill beats.

Be sure to make your stop during their happy hour to pair your meal with some refreshers. Not much of a drinker but have a sweet tooth? Step into the Fullerton Cake Boutique, from 1 November to 31 December, and bag a yule log or two. 

Restaurants, Italian

Lavo

Marina Bay

Sitting at 57 stories above ground, LAVO is a restaurant serving Italian-American cuisines and breathtaking views. Take in the postcard-like sights of Gardens by the Bay and the Singapore River with a handcrafted cocktail and the tunes of the live DJ or bands right at the background.  

Usher in the New Year with a view of the Marina Bay Countdown fireworks and freeflow of champagne, wine, spirits and an impressive spread of an Italian-American buffet spread. LAVO's New Year's Eve party starts at $339 per entry. 

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Hotels

Pan Pacific Singapore

City Hall

For front-row seats to the fireworks display all to yourself, book a stay at Pan Pacific Singapore in a room facing Marina Bay. Not only do you get to enjoy the fireworks in your own room, but you will also save the hassle of battling the crowds when it's all over. 

Guests are also welcome to go up to Level 22 to view the fireworks spectacle with an unlimited flow of champagne and mixed nuts. 

Bars and pubs

Smoke & Mirrors

City Hall

In skyscraper-dense Singapore, rooftop bars with a view of the fireworks are no rarity. But when it’s perched on the Old Supreme Court Building, which currently houses the world's largest collection of Singaporean and Southeast Asian art. Sip on a cocktail while you feast your eyes on the fireworks.

Spend December in one of the bar's Jingle and Mingle nights and indulge yourself in their buffet line up, complimenting it with a range of free-flow of wines, spirits, soft drinks and juices. Catch the Countdown fireworks with Smoke & Mirrors at their New Years Eve Fiesta on 31 December. 

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Kinki
Photo: Kinki
Restaurants, Japanese

Kinki Restaurant and Bar

Raffles Place

From 6pm until late, head up to the open-air Kinki Rooftop Bar on the third floor for front-row seats to the spectacular fireworks show. Book a private table for you and up to five friends with the Rooftop package (from $500) and enjoy a bottle of Belvedere, a choice of Monkey Shoulder or Hendrick's Gin bottle, a mixer jug, four cans of Redbull and a sharing platter. Don't forget to raise a toast to the new year against the Marina Bay skyline and waterfront. 

Bars and pubs

Cé La Vi

Marina Bay

Head atop Marina Bay Sands – 57 levels above ground level, to be exact – and bask in the views of the city skyline. It's the perfect place to catch the fireworks while enjoying energetic club bangers and exclusive tipples like the Singapore Sling ($23), Berry Bellini ($23). Feeling hungry? Head to the restaurant and treat yourself to a decadent meal with the best views.

Don your best casino-chic attire and join in on one of the glamourous rooftop new years eve parties in the city. Get greeted by Vegas-style performers and try your new years luck on their table games. 

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Mr Stock at Andaz
Photo: Jemz
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Mr Stork Rooftop Bar

Rochor

Perched on level 39 of Andaz Singapore, Mr Stork makes an ace spot to catch the fireworks. Grab some drinks and beers (the Andaz brew is smooth and light – a good one to chug all night) and settle down in the cosy chairs on the breezy rooftop. 

Bar Rouge
Photo: Bar Rouge
Clubs, House, disco and techno

Bar Rouge

City Hall

Ain't no party like a Bar Rouge party. Perched on level 71 of the Swissôtel the Stamford, Bar Rouge makes the ultimate party place for unparalleled views of the flypast and the polychromatic fireworks display. Get turnt for Disco Lah!, the nightclub's National Day shindig complete with locally-inspired snacks and cocktails like the Milo Dinosaur Cocktail ($20), Strawberry Milo Mocktail ($12) and the classic Singapore Sling ($20).

Park yourself at Bar Rouge Electric Sky on new years eve and party the night away. Dress up in midnight blue and groove at the beats served by resident DJs. 

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The Roaring City cocktail
Photo: Mo Bar
Bars and pubs, Hotel bars

MO Bar

City Hall

Overlooking the Marina Bay skyline, the classy but bold space at the Mandarin Oriental offers a unique indoor view of the fireworks from the comfort of the bar. On NYE, catch the stunning display with a refreshing cocktail from its signature menu.

The Pelican
Photo: Hong Junchen
Restaurants, Seafood

The Pelican

Raffles Place

The seafood establishment at One Fullerton is serving up a specially-curated ultimate celebration package ($500 per table for up to six people). The new year's eve package includes 2 bottles of Joseph Perrier Brut Champagne and 1 bottle of Roku Japanese Gin, Roberto Cavalli Vodka or Johnny Walker Black Label, as well as an exquisite Fried Seafood platter. Take in the gorgeous views of the fireworks while you feast in an elegant and playful setting à la a luxurious sea travel. 

Enjoy the 2020 Countdown with a 4-course or 5-course meal at The Pelican starting at $128. This carefully curated dinner features show-stopping dishes such as Bay Scallops, Woodfire Grilled Tenderloin and more.

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Restaurants, Grills

Skai

City Hall

Located on the 70th floor of the Swissôtel the Stamford, the contemporary grill is great for firework-watching while tucking into its delectable dishes. It can get pretty romantic too at night so if you're thinking of keeping it cosy, better book your date soon.

Things to do

Singapore Flyer

Marina Bay

Marina Bay's giant, 42-storey, 165m observation wheel continues to pull the crowds in for a breathtaking, 360-degree view of the fireworks. Feast your eyes on the explosive visual treat from one of its 28 air-conditioned, UV-protected capsules.

Bid farewell to 2019 at a high note-- quite literally. Book a slot in a capsule and watch the festivities unfold at the top of it all. 

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Bars and pubs

LeVeL33

Marina Bay

No prizes for guessing on which floor this bar and restaurant is perched. Billed as the world’s highest microbrewery, LeVeL33 gloriously overlooks the Marina Bay, and, thanks to the decor and service, is perhaps the most sophisticated place to quaff a beer while checking out the fireworks on NYE.

Restaurants, Fusion

1-Altitude Gallery & Bar

Raffles Place

Party the year away at the sky-high bar of 1-Altitude and experience the sight of the fireworks like no other. Rain or shine, the world's highest alfresco bar will surely paint the night with confetti and champagne showers. Join in on the 1-Altitudes Mansion: Lux & Tux NYE Countdown Revelry, so be sure to dress to impress! 

 

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