New Year’s Day in Singapore


There are very few countries in the world where New Year’s Eve is observed with full-scale pomp and gaiety as it is done in Singapore. The entire country much smaller than New York or London comes alive on the night of 31st December and the partying goes on till the wee hours of 1st January.

New Year’s Day is a public holiday in Singapore with all the public and private sector establishments and businesses remaining closed. Locals and tourists come together to partake of in the festivities and parties that are held in almost every notable area in the city.

Singapore Sizzles on New Year’s Day

The light shows and lighting displays in Orchard Road, Esplanade Bridge, Marina Bay Sands, Merlion Park, and Clarke Quay are spectacles to behold. All the sightseeing attractions in this island-state like the ‘Singapore Flyer’; ‘Singapore Flight Experience’, and the ‘Singapore Zoo’ are bedecked for the D-day and put on a festive look.

The most ostentatious and grandiose New Year Eve celebrations are held in Marina Bay Sands precincts. More than 2.5 lakh people assemble at the area to enjoy the ceremonies and fetes that are mostly organized by the locals. The parties are observed all along the Singapore Riverfront area starting from the floating stadium in Marina Bay and extending to the Esplanade Bridge, Esplanade Boulevard, Benjamin Shearers Bridge, Clarke Quay, Merlion Park, and the enclave at Padang in the City Hall.

Head to Any of the New Year Party Venues

If you want to commemorate 2014 with uninhibited zest and gusto, then you should be heading to the Siloso Beach Party. The party at the Siloso Beach that gets underway late in the evening on 31st December and lasts till the small hours of the first day of the New Year is billed as the biggest beach countdown bash in Asia. Enjoy 12 hours of frenzied, funky and top-of-the-line reggae, R&B, punk, and heavy rock musical songs and numbers belted out by local groups and globally acclaimed DJs.

You can head to the Marina Bay Sands area which becomes the nerve-centre in this nation-state on New Year’s Eve attracting lakhs of partygoers. Don’t miss getting a toehold on the Marina Bay Floating Platform to catch up on live performances by ‘Wang Lee’ and ‘Wanted’. You can consider taking a ride atop the Singapore Flyer that offers awe-aspiring panoramas of the entire metropolis. Each ride costs $S30.00 and lasts for half an hour. If you want to ring in the New Year in a placid manner then you should be present in Clarke Quay. Enjoy great live music here and feast on a sumptuous brunch at any of the classy restaurants in the area.

Enjoy the Fireworks and Light Displays

Feast your eyes on the stunning firework shows and pyrotechnic displays that are timed to commence with clockwork precision exactly on the stroke of midnight. The displays take place all along the waterfront and the harbour area.

Whet Your Appetite

When you get thoroughly stressed out after a night-long revelry, you can step into a standard eatery or restaurant for tucking into mouth-watering delicacies. Singapore is regarded as a gourmand’s delight as there are numerous restaurants that have been felicitated with ‘Michelin Star’.

So, pack up your bags for a trip to Singapore for enjoying New Year celebrations of a completely different kind.

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