New Year’s Eve has always been a bit of a nightmare, with huge crowds and congested roads, and most of the time we’d prefer to just stay home. But this year, we might just be willing to brave the year end madness and venture out into the Bay area for celebrations, because this year’s line-up looks absolutely stunning.
Presented by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), get set for a full scale celebration with a plethora of activities lined up. Themed ‘Bay of Hopes and Dreams’, the entire area will be transformed into a carnival of fun before the annual fireworks show at midnight, all the better to get revellers and party animals revved up for the new year. Some of these include the recently opened Prudential Marina Bay Carnival, full of thrill rides and games, as well as the MBSC Charity Trail, a self guided digital walking trail hosted on the LocoMole smartphone app that allows visitors to explore hotspots around Marina Bay and even earn rewards along the way.
One of the biggest highlights to look out for this year are the light projection displays across various buildings. From the 26th of December to 31st December, the iconic Fullerton Hotel’s facade will act as a canvas for a specially designed five minute light projection show created in collaboration with Hexagon Solutions. Playing every half hour from 8pm nightly, the show will showcase the Fullerton’s mascot Postmaster Bears as they work to ‘build’ the Fullerton up from scratch. In addition, from 29th to 31st December, the Merlion and ArtScience Museum will join in the spectacle with their own light show, synchronised with the one displayed at The Fullerton. Finally, even the other buildings around Marina Bay will be showing off their New Year spirit with five-minute displays of purple, blue and white façade lighting twice hourly from 8pm until midnight.
What’s a New Year’s Eve without fireworks? Of course, visitors can expect a fine light show to round off the night once the clock strikes midnight, with a six minute fireworks display planned to be set off from the bay, set to music specially composed by local veteran music producer Mr Bang Wenfu. For the first time ever, the fireworks will be set off in a linear configuration, allowing for an equally impressive view of the spectacle from all 360 degrees.
In addition, visitors who are in the area in the hours leading up to midnight can also catch one minute previews of the final display, as they are set off each hour from 8pm. For a prime view of the fireworks, visitors can opt to purchase tickets to reserve a spot at The Float online or at the entrance, and spend the evening picnicking with family and friends.
Besides the Bay, plenty of peripheral activities will also be happening throughout the evening to keep crowds moving and continually entertained. We’ve always loved hanging out at the Civic District, and on Sunday, organisations like Yoga Seeds, ActiveSG and the Health Promotion Board will be organising various fitness activities for members of the public. We’re not that big on getting sweaty before catching the fireworks, so we’ll probably be opting more for the family friendly activities instead, catching local musicians such as 53A and M1LDL1FE performing live at Empress Lawn or catching a blockbuster flick under the stars at the Esplanade Park. The National Gallery and Asian Civilisations Museum will both also have extended opening hours for the evening, with the former open till 10pm and the latter till 12am, along with organizing a couple of special workshops and performances for the night.
Said Mr Jason Chen, Director of Place Management, URA: “For over a decade, the signature Marina Bay Countdown has acted as a reflection on all that has happened over the year, and it’s a great way to welcome the new one.” As the People’s Bay, the countdown welcomes people from all walks of life, and we’re excited for the vibrant, multi-sensory experiences we’ll be having all through the night come 31st December. With such an explosive way to end off 2017, all we can say is we’ll be more revved up than ever for 2018, and ready to face the new year, full of joy and happiness.
The Marina Bay Countdown takes place around the Bayfront area on 31st December. For more information and to purchase tickets to enter the floating platform, visit their website here. Reserve a spot at The Float to get a prime view of the fireworks display here