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

Usher in the new year with amazing firework displays at these vantage points
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By Time Out Singapore editors |
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Put your party hat on (and that awful pair of new year's glasses) and ring in 2019 with a bang – literally. When it comes to welcoming the new year, Singapore knows just how to put on 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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The Esplanade Roof Terrace

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Here's a secret not many people know. Head all the way to the top of the Esplanade's roof terrace for a magnificent view of the city and a bird's eye view of the fireworks as it illuminates the Singapore sky to ring in the new year. Landscaped with lush greens, this space also makes a great refuge to relax with a view.

 

Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade
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Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade

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The riverside makes a great spot to soak in the picturesque views of the fireworks from below, and what better way to enjoy the visual extravaganza than with a breath of fresh air?

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

For panaromic views of the fireworks, flanked by Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Flyer, 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
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Helix Bridge and Benjamin Sheares Bridge

Helix and BSB are positioned just beside the floating platform, giving a good view of Marina Bay.

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Marina Bay fireworks
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Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza and The Promontory, Merlion Park

It'll be really crowded, but you’ll get great views of the Bay-side fireworks. Get there early. Really early.

The Lawn at Marina Bay
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The Lawn @ Marina Bay

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

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Esplanade Bridge and Jubilee Bridge

Merlion Park, which gives you a worm's-eye view of the pyrotechnics display, will be rammed, so spread out along these two bridges. 
Marina Barrage
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Marina Barrage

The views are slightly obstructed from its green roof, but you’ll get to see the lights against the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands and the business district in the background. 

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Singapore Flyer

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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. Dining and cocktial packages are also available to up the ante on New Year's Eve.

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Cé La Vi

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Head atop Marina Bay Sands – 57 levels above groundfloor, 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 a drink in hand.

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SuperTree by Indochine

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At this Indochine branch, get a 360-degree view of Gardens by the Bay – and an aerial view of the city – for that added visual charm. Tuck into Indochine’s fusion menu at the comfort of its air-conditioned space while soaking up the technicolour spectacle against the night sky.

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LeVeL33

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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 locally brewed beer while checking out the fireworks.

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Smoke & Mirrors

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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, it makes for a better story.

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Zafferano

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Perched on the 43rd floor of the Ocean Financial Centre is Zafferano, an impressive circular space that boasts stunning views of Marina Bay from its floor-to-ceiling windows.

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