The stunning sights of giant lanterns, vibrant traditional Chinese decor and lion dance performances in Singapore can only mean one thing: Chinese New Year. And witnessing dazzling fireworks lighting up the night sky is almost a rite of passage when ringing in the new year. On top of that, the city is buzzing with a plethora of enticing events, festivals and activities to revel in the glorious celebrations. Gather the family for the best places to usher in the Year of the Pig with a bang – and a visual treat for all.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.