The biggest New Year's Eve celebration in Singapore takes place in the Marina Bay area. It is reported to be attended by over a quarter of a million people each year, with many travelling from every corner of the globe to be part of the experience.
The new years party takes place all around the bay area, starting from the Marina Bay floating Stadium to the Esplanade promenade, the Esplanade Bridge, Benjamin Sheares Bridge, Merlion Park, and the Padang at City Hall facing the Marina Bay. The celebrations are also visible from nearby hotels such as The Fullerton Hotel, Marina Mandarin, The Ritz-Carlton Millenia, Marina Bay Sands, where you can also get a fantastic panoramic view of the fireworks at midnight.
They don't need much of an excuse for fireworks in Singapore, they'll launch them for anything from the Chinese New Year to the Grand Prix, so on new year's eve you expect to see a spectacular display. The main fireworks display in Singapore for the Gregorian new year takes place from the harbour area surrounding Marina Bay, creating a spectacular pyrotechnic backdrop against the iconic and instantly recognisable Singapore skyline.
The signature new year's eve event in Singapore is the Siloso Beach Party, which styles itself as the largest beach countdown in the world, although Rio's Copacabana might have something to say about that! The event is based on the 1.2km Siloso Beach and includes 12 hours of live entertainment with top DJs and a giant foam pool the focal point of a "wet and wild" party.
There are some fantastic packages available for new year's eve 2016 at the Capella Singapore Luxury Resort on Sentosa Island, with fabulous food and drink packages in extravagant surroundings and live entertainment provided by Donny Ray Evins and celebrity DJ Mr Best - secure your place for this event here.
Elsewhere, the Marina Bay area is one of the main gathering points, with locals and tourists alike flocking to the region's many hotels, bars and restaurants. The iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel with it's rooftop swimming pool is the most desirable location in the area, with panoramic views of the fireworks you'll struggle to match elsewhere - this year's events include a Sky High Social, which is pretty much as it sounds, offering VIP treatment along with absolutely epic fireworks views.
It's also the place to head for big names and live music, with the Celebrate SG50 New Year's Eve Party at The Float @ Marina Bay (the famous Marina Bay Floating Platform) one of the biggest events this year. The lineup for this event has now been announced and includes K-Pop group Big Bang, Rahimah Rahim, Dick Lee, Kit Chan, Sezairi, The Sam Willows and Stefanie Sun.
Raffles Singapore are also hosting one of the most exclusuve
parties in town this year - The Raffles New Year's Eve Gala Ball is
a black tie event that features a six-course dinner, live band and
DJ, and an enormous quantity of champagne - reserve your places
The Singapore Flyer, also in Marina Bay, is another venue well worthy of consideration. The 165 metre high structure is the tallest ferris wheel in the world and offer fantastic views of the whole Singapore region, which makes it an excellent place for viewing the midnight fireworks.
For dining options, Singapore is a gastronome's paradise, with a range of eateries to suit any taste and budget, although the top level establishments, such as Iggy's, Waku Ghin, Shinji, Les Amis and Osteria Mozza are especially well regarded. You can view the full range of restaurants here.
Places to watch live online, including a live view of the Marina Bay Sands:
If you're planning on visiting Singapore over the New Year period, then it does get very busy so an early reservation is strongly recommended. You can search, check availability and book local hotels here.
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