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Where to Watch New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Singapore

Where to Watch New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Singapore

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As someone who’s been living here for over 16 years, I have watched Singapore’s new year’s eve fireworks numerous times. Each time I did, I always felt dazzled by the its sheer magnitude.

It always feels like the fireworks transport me from the old me to the new me. It’s that magical! If you’ve been contemplating whether Singapore is a great place to celebrate New Year’s Eve, you know my answer.

In this post, you will find information about all the best places to watch New Year’s Eve fireworks in Singapore in 2023 from a long-time resident’s perspective.

1. Marina Bay Waterfront

Singapore Fireworks
View from Marina Bay Waterfront (Credit: Canva Pro)

Hands down, Marina Bay Waterfront is the most happening place during the New Year’s Eve Countdown. During the countdown, fireworks will be displayed above the Marina Bay.

The waterfront area is huge and includes places like Esplanade Bridge, Esplanade, The Float, Helix Bridge, Sheares Brigde, Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sand, The Promontory, Clifford Pier and Merlion.

There’s no ticket required to watch fireworks at Marina Bay waterfront! Anyone can watch for free!

Because it’s the best place to watch fireworks, the waterfront area is also the most crowded place on 31st December. To manage the crowd, the organizer will close certain sections if there are already too many people in that section.

That means, if you arrive late (like after 10pm), you won’t be able to get to the waterfront because the access is already closed.

So, my best tip is to arrive really early, like 4pm or 5pm, and choose your spot. Any spot that gives you unobstructed view of the water area is a great spot, don’t go anywhere else! Bring your dinner or snacks.

If you need a toilet break, chope your sitting spot and ask your buddy to ensure your seat is not taken by other people. 

How to get to the waterfront: Take MRT to any of these stations: City Hall, Promenade, Bayfront, Downtown, Raffles Place. Then, walk to Marina Bay. The following map shows places you can watch fireworks for free.

Where to Watch NDP Fireworks 2022 - Marina Bay Waterfront (2)
Marina Bay Waterfront

For information about Marina Bay Countdown, visit the official website: https://www.marinabaycountdown.sg

2. STAR ISLAND @ The Float

Star Island at The Float
STAR ISLAND @ The Float (Source)

A great alternative to watching fireworks at Marina Bay waterfront is the STAR ISLAND @ The Float. It is a 70-minute hanabi (fireworks) musical event which features larger-than-life pyrotechnics and dazzling lights, immersive sound and world-class entertainment.

Tickets cost between $88 to S$318. Each guest will have their own seat, so you don’t have to sit on the floor or squeeze with other people at the waterfront. And you don’t need to worry about your spot being taken by other people!

For information about Star Island, visit the official website: https://starisland.sg/

3. Marina Bay Sands Skypark & Restaurants

Where to Watch NDP Fireworks 2022 - MBS Skypark
View from MBS Skypark (Source)

Instead of watching fireworks from the ground, consider watching it from Level 57 of Marina Bay Sands for an entirely different experience.

The rooftop at Marina Bay Sands is one of the best places to watch New Year’s Eve Countdown Fireworks without the crowd. There are a couple ways to secure a spot at the rooftop during the Countdown Fireworks:

The cons of watching from MBS Skypark is the cost. Operators/restaurants are charging higher than usual price because it’s a special event.

4. Bay East at Gardens by the Bay

Where to Watch NDP Fireworks 2022 - Bay East Garden
View from Bay East Garden (Source)

So, you really want to watch fireworks but you dread the crowd? You can’t image being sandwiched among thousands of people just to watch a fireworks. And you don’t want to pay either.

I get you. Don’t worry, I’m not going to suggest that you stay in and watch fireworks from the TV or YouTube. In fact, there are many places where you can watch fireworks without the crazy crowd! 

One of that places is Gardens by the Bay East. It’s different from the usual Gardens by the Bay that has Supertrees. This Bay East Garden is just a stretch of field location opposite the usual GBTB. This is the location on google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/ni3SLqKWNrLhuPub7

But, because this is a park and not a promenade, there is no place to sit down. You need to stand on the narrow pavement, which is shared between pedestrian, cyclists and scooter users. So, be very careful.

I won’t guarantee there will be no crowd. There will still be a crowd, but the size of it is definitely smaller than the crowd at Marina Bay waterfront.

Depending on where you stand at Bay East Garden, the fireworks that you see may or may not be partially blocked by the Marina Bay Sands.

How to get to Gardens by the Bay East: Take the Thomson East Coast Line MRT to Gardens by the Bay Station and walk about 1.5km to the Bay East.

5. Marina Barrage

You hate crowd, you hate paying, and you hate walking. So the above options are out for you. But you still want to watch a fireworks for free. Well… we have to find a middle ground, and that is Marina Barrage!

Because Marina Barrage is quite a distance away from Marina Bay, the view is not as great as what you’ll get at Marina Bay waterfront. Depending on where you stand or sit at Marina Barrage, the fireworks that you see may or may not be partially blocked by the Marina Bay Sands.

At Marina Barrage, there will still be some crowd but it will not be as much as that at Marina Bay. The best place to watch fireworks at Marina Barrage is at the top of the sloped roof. 

Marina Barrage is quite a popular place to watch fireworks, so you want to go there early to get a good spot.

How to get to Marina Barrage: Take the Thomson East Coast Line MRT to Gardens by the Bay Station and walk about 500m to Marina Barrage. 

6. Singapore Flyer

Singapore Flyer Champagne Experience
Singapore Flyer Champagne Experience (Source)

Looking to enter the new year in style? You’ll probably love the New Year’s Eve Champagne Experience by Singapore Flyer.

Ticket costs SGD 150 per person in a shared capsule. You’ll be welcoming the new year with a spectacular view of the bay and glass of premium champagne.

Boarding starts at 11.30pm on 31 December 2022. Each ticket allows guest with one rotation (30 minutes) on the Singapore Flyer, priority boarding to skip the queues, a souvenir and party pack for you to celebrate the new year!

Other Events

At the time of writing, there is no announcement regarding Sentosa’s Countdown event yet. I will update this article when there are confirmed events where you can watch countdown fireworks. So, bookmark this article on your browser!

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