So, your Christmas is all planned and sorted but you’ve not even thought about New Year’s Eve yet? For those who want to get out and enjoy the action, there are tons of great celebrations across the island. Whether you want a romantic date, group fun, family entertainment or free events, check out our exhaustive guide below to welcome 2018 in style!
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SKY HIGH FUN!
Enjoy fantastic views across the city and party the night away 57 storeys up at one of the most glamorous parties in Singapore. Sky High Social is on the SkyPark Observation Deck and provides one of the most spectacular views of the fireworks. There is live music from Nancy Jenkinson Brown and the Fantastic, champagne aplenty, party favours and much more!
General Admission tickets from S$198 (10% off for Sands Rewards members).
Alternatively, head next door to a pink ‘La Vie en Rosé party at swanky CÉ LA VI. With live saxophone performances and cabaret themed shows, this chic event is being held in collaboration with Dom Pérignon Rosé – what better collaboration for a New Years’ eve soiree?
New Years’ eve sees the highly anticipated launch of Lavo restaurant, bar and nightclub on level 57 of Marina Bay Sands. This Italian-American venue is putting on some world-class entertainment, with celebs in attendance including Jamie Foxx - who is set to open this exciting event.
Themed Stars and Sparks, Level 33 are putting on a glittering evening with a one-night only dinner ($398++), as well as free-flow craft beers and selected wines. But if you just want to party, for $128++ you will get entry to a prime fireworks viewing spot, one-hour free flow of midnight snacks and craft beers and selected wines.
For an elegant affair, enjoy a free-standing canape buffet served by a butler ($248++ per pax), and sumptuous live stations with Japanese, charcuterie and oysters, to name a few. Wash it down with unlimited prosecco, beer, house wines, soft drinks and juices, as you feast your eyes on the uninterrupted views of Marina Bay.
Check out this new on the scene bar where guests relax and enjoy fabulous cocktails in a tepee! This 360-degree rooftop bar near Kampong Glam, is selling tickets ($148++) and includes free-flow champagne, wine, Andaz’s very own Pale Ale and DJ action from 9pm to 1am.
No respectable party list can exclude Smoke and Mirrors! With some of Singapore’s most creative cocktails and incredible panoramic views, it is a great place to toast goodbye to 2017. For a glass of champagne or house pour ($98++ with cover charge), or splurge on a table ($588++ for indoor to $1088++ for outdoor) for up to four persons, inclusive of a bottle of Lanson Black Label Magnum and one bottle of Clos Lanson Champagne. Here is it not all about the drinks, there will be a live magician to wow you, and music to get you up on your feet!
LUXURY WITH A VIEW
Usher in 2018 with a romantic new year’s eve dinner sail on Royal Albatross followed by a Chic dockside countdown party into the small hours. The dinner cruise sails at 630pm from Sentosa through the scenic Southern Islands to the city skyline, returning to the dock at 9 pm. Create lasting memories during the sail with friends and family and celebrate in style while enjoying our BBQ Buffet spread with live stations.
This upmarket Italian restaurant is right on the water and gives diners ringside seats to the pyrotechnic display at midnight. Choose between four and six courses for dinner at $180++ and $350++respectively.
If eating is cheating, then head to Monti’s balcony and roof top for drinks, fun and a clear view of the spectacular fireworks display.
From 6pm – 9pm - $68 nett inclusive of 1 Standard House Pour & 1 NYE Cocktail
From 9pm - 12am - $318 ++ Free Flow of Premium Pours Only (Fireworks View)
From 12am – late - $78 nett inclusive of 1 Standard House Pour & 1 Glass of Veuve Clicquot
Start the celebrations early 43 floors above the Marina Bay waterfront at Zafferanos. Their exquisite three-course dinner ($128++) is from 5:30pm to 8pm. Diners can then top up S$200++ to join their fun countdown party with unlimited G.H Mumm champagne. Alternatively, show up at 9pm, when the restaurant will transform into a glamorous masquerade gala (S$450++) featuring a five-course dinner and after dinner dancing at their Rooftop Terrace Lounge with tunes being spun by DJ James Van Carlos.
HIT THE STREET!
What better way to welcome in 2018 but with free-flow sparkling and wine, live music, fantastic food and a great crowd of fun-loving people? Honeycombers website and Maggie Joan’s (a must-try Singapore restaurant) have teamed up with online wine retailer Vinomofo, for a wild party event on Gemmill Lane.
FEEL THE SAND BETWEEN YOUR TOES THIS NYE!
If you prefer a more relaxed vibe, then hit Siloso for some beach party fun! Head to Coastes and Sand Bar and enjoy a buffet ($70++) of freshly-grilled seafood, succulent meats, hearty mains and more, with booze promos like Heineken Draft and housepour spirits at $16 for two, then party under the stars with live music of pop infused with jazz, funk and soul.
CELEBRATE FAMILY STYLE
For those of you who don’t want having kids to stop all the fun, here are some entertaining events where they can party with you!
Spanning two hubs at The Promontory and Bayfront Event Space, this is a fantastic family destination featuring over 40 fun-for-all rides and games ranging from roller coasters to water rides, music performances and plenty of F&B options to choose from. Opened from 4pm daily from 8 December, entry is free, while ride and game credits can be purchased on-site and online. Join the buzz and even stay late to watch the Marina Bay fireworks at the stroke of midnight – if you are not too tired from all the fun!
Dress in your Bollywood finest, feast on delicious Indian fare and strut your best bhangra moves at this kid friendly event at the F1 Pit Buildings. You can also watch the fireworks from the gallery overlooking the Singapore Flyer. There are prizes for the snazziest outfits and a bunch of family-friendly games to play.
Family packages are from $175 (includes buffet dinner for all). Individual tickets from $30. Kids aged three and below are free. Drinks not included.
For a more refined affair, enjoy an evening of classical tunes by the Philharmonic Orchestra at the SOTA Concert Hall. Music maestros Lim Yau and Edward Tan, as well as presenter William Ledbetter, will bring you an enlightening evening. Adults also get to enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly! Tickets are $42 per person. Children aged two and above will need their own ticket.
Rollercoaster your way into 2018 and expect live performances, dazzling pyrotechnics and street performances galore, as this world-famous theme park opens its doors on New Years’ Eve. Individual tickets cost from $36 per person and family bundles from $134.
PUTTING ON THE RITZ AT HOTELS ACROSS THE ISLAND
Enjoy a roaring night at the 1920’s inspired Great Gatsby Party at the Atrium, Pan Pacific. This stylish bar and lounge will be oozing glitz and style as you wine, dine and dance the night away to the live DJ. With unlimited canapés and house pours and a magnificent balloon drop at midnight, this is a great place to be.
$88++ per person – exclusive package for dine-in guests from Edge, Hai Tien Lo and Keyaki. Before 10.30pm - $128++ per person. After 10.30pm - $98++ per person.
After enjoying a decadent buffet dinner at one of their many restaurants, including - mezza9, StraitsKitchen, Pete’s Place, 10 Scotts – enjoy a dessert extravaganza with free-flow bubbles and trip the light fantastic at a Back to the 80s – Discotech at the hotel’s lobby. Tickets to the “Back to the 80s! Disco Tech” Countdown Party and Dessert Extravaganza are priced at $108++ for one. (Contact the relevant restaurants for dinner buffet prices).
Check out London-based music sensation, JOANovARC as they perform at the Shangri-La Hotel, on the final stop of their sold-out world tour. This fabulous all-female band’s electrifying performance will almost make you forget about the all-important countdown with all the fun and dancing! Starting from $788++ for a four person table package.
With plenty of drinking and dining options to choose from, both hotels are a great option for sumptuous celebration feasts:
· Town Restaurant’s dinner buffet (from S$250++)
· Jade Restaurant – six-course Chinese set menu (S$269++), which also includes entry to the countdown party at the lobby of The Fullerton Hotel
· Lighthouse rooftop (from S$118 nett)
· The Clifford Pier - seafood buffet (from S$298++)
· La Brasserie – enjoy a six-course French meal (from S$378++) before joining the poolside party (from S$150 nett) at the Lantern rooftop bar.
Remember to check out the vivid 3D light projection on the façade of The Fullerton Hotel as part of the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown – it happens every hour from 8pm to 11pm.
21. NAUMI HOTEL
Kick off the evening at Table by Rang Mahal and dine on an indulgent four-course Indian set menu (from S$75++). For an extra S$38++ your celebrations can continue at the countdown party at rooftop bar Cloud 9, with unobstructed views of the fireworks. For those just wanting to party, buy a ticket for the fun without having dined. This cocktail reception (S$98++) includes a welcome drink of sparkling wine, as well as endless butler-served canapés and house-pour drinks.
This stylish night begins with an extravagant buffet spread at Colony. After filling up on sumptuous buffet favourites and sipping unlimited Moet & Chandon NV Brut Imperial champagne, catch the fireworks over Marina Bay from the hotel lobby. Afterwards, adjourn to Chihuly Lounge to dance to live music for after-party fun till 2am. Tickets from S$388++ per person.
End the year on a literal high with a seven-course degustation dinner (S$428++) including a countdown with live entertainment at the 70-floor high Equinox Restaurant. Or be transported to ‘A Night In Shanghai’ at Bar Rouge for a timeless celebration (S$65++) this New Year’s Eve. Alternatively, sip on cocktails at a romantic table by the window (from S$200++ for two) at City Space.
LEAVE YOUR WALLET AT HOME!
24. FIREWORKS FOR FREE
Alternatively, if your wallet is a little empty after an extravagant Christmas, then why not head to some of the great vantage points along the river and watch the spectacular fireworks at Marina Bay. Here are the 5 best places to see them without spending a cent:
· Bay East Gardens and Gardens by the Bay – across the bridge at Marina Barrage
· Helix bridge and Benjamin Sheares bridge – positioned just beside the floating platform
· Marina Bay Events plaza and The Promontory, Merlion Park – get there early as it gets crowded
· The lawn @Marina Bay – between the sail and MBFC, this is a good patch of grass to relax and watch the displays
· Esplanade Bridge and Jubilee bridge – this can get very busy but is an easy place to see the pyrotechnics
· Marina Barrage – the green roof may obstruct some of the view but you will still be able to see the stunning display
25. FREE ACTIVITIES AT THE CIVIC DISTRICT
Also, you can head to the vibrant Civic District for a range of activities which are also at no cost. The area will be transformed into a car-free zone on the last day of 2017 to host a line-up of free programmes. A sunset yoga session, a food bazaar, music performances, movie screenings – it’s set to be a busy night with lots of exciting things to do.
26. GALLERY TIME
Art lovers, can take advantage of the extended gallery opening hours at National Gallery Singapore and Asian Civilisations Museum (10pm and midnight, respectively) and free admissions for certain galleries (from 10am and 5pm, respectively).
Singapore is going to alive with events this New Years’ eve so make sure you don’t miss out on the fun. Happy New Year!
This blog is contributed by Peta Delahunty. Originally from the UK, she has lived in Singapore for the past 9 years with her family. She is a self-confessed word nerd and when not writing and being a mum, loves exploring Singapore's fabulous food scene and enjoying its vibrant attractions.