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The best places to watch New Year’s Eve fireworks in Singapore

This year, a vibrant display of fireworks will be back at the Marina Bay floating platform

Pailin Boonlong
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Time Out Singapore editors
Pailin Boonlong

In a blink of an eye, the year’s practically over. While we might’ve been busy with the best 101 things to do on this little red dot, we’re still keen on partying it up to the end of 2022. This year, a vibrant display of fireworks will be back at the Marina Bay floating platform – the very last time the countdown will be held here before moving to NS Square. 

To ring in the new year, these are the 10 best places to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks in Singapore. Some are free while other venues need to be booked in advance. But whatever it is, there’s nothing like seeing colourful bursts light up the night sky for an unforgettable 2023 countdown.

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Top places to watch fireworks in Singapore

Star Island @ The Float
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1. Star Island @ The Float

At Star Island, look forward to a 70-minute fireworks show that uses ghost effect shell fireworks. It doesn’t just beautifully present a red-to-white colour fade across the sky, but is also the ultimate way to get up close and personal with all countdown celebrations. There’ll even be a special pre-show appearance made by DJ Hello Kitty on the decks. Tickets start from $88 and are now available at Ticketmaster.

Marina Bay Promontory
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2. Marina Bay Promontory

Where else to head to but the Marina Bay Promontory for the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2023? At the stroke of midnight, there’ll be unblocked views of the fireworks show. The only downside is that this is the obvious choice for most, so make sure to turn up early. In any case, such a huge crowd is sure to bring a buzz of excitement to the air, so make sure to soak in the festivities while counting down to the new year. 

Marina Barrage
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Those looking to spend quality time with their friends and family before the clock strikes midnight can think about having a wholesome picnic at Marina Barrage. Since this rooftop garden overlooks the entire Marina Bay skyline, you’ll have unparalleled views here – of both the sunset and fireworks. Instead of packing your own picnic, easily pick up one of these picnic food bundles for a memorable last day of the year.

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While Gardens by the Bay will have crowds of eager folks clamouring to watch the fireworks, it’s worth checking out Bay East Garden for a more cosy and intimate experience. Since the Garden stretches along the waterfront, you’ll get sweeping views of the Marina Bay skyline and other iconic buildings. Pick out a picnic bench or grassy spot, and make yourself comfortable for the countdown.

Helix Bridge
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5. Helix Bridge

The Helix Bridge isn’t just one of Singapore’s most recognisable bridges – it’s also a spot to get stunning views of the NYE fireworks show. Its close proximity to The Float @ Marina Bay means that you’ll have a front seat view for each colourful burst of fireworks. 

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Now, to get one of the best New Year’s Eve fireworks experiences in Singapore, it’s a no-brainer: you’ll need to fork out some cash for it. The very best views are from Marina Bay Sands Skypark. Since the Skypark is exclusive to MBS guests and ticket holders, there’s no need to spend the last few moments of 2022 jostling with strangers. Tip: you can also make a booking at Cé La Vi to get entry to the Skypark.

High Street Centre Car Park
Photograph: Terence Leezy

8. High Street Centre Car Park

This spot is a bit of a hidden gem when it comes to catching the best of Singapore’s NYE fireworks. Head over to High Street Centre and make your way up to the fifth floor of the car park. While the car park isn’t anything like the glitzy surrounds of MBS, you’ll still have stellar sights of the fireworks – along with heritage buildings like the National Gallery Singapore framing your view.

How much do tickets to the New Year’s Eve fireworks cost?

Of course, this varies depending on what your chosen venue is. Many along the Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade are free but will also have huge crowds. Others, such as MBS’ Skypark or the Singapore Flyer offer a more exclusive experience but it comes at a cost.

What time do the fireworks start?

Depending on your chosen spot, it’s best to be there way before midnight. Some ticketed events will only let you in at a certain time, while for others, you’d need to reach early for a choice pick of location. Plus, for crowd control reasons, many areas will be closed off once the crowds are bursting at the seams. This typically happens around 9 to 10pm. Our word of advice? Reach just before sunset (if a free waterfront venue) and make a picnic out of it. 

End the year in style

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