When it comes to welcoming the new year, Singapore truly knows how to throw a party with a dazzling display of fireworks.
However, watching the fireworks can be less than pleasant when you’re pressed up against thousands of other people who had the same location in mind. Here are some alternative places to catch the fireworks if you want to avoid the massive crowd!
1. Bay East Garden @ Gardens By The Bay[caption id="attachment_38626" align="aligncenter" width="1670"] Image Credit: Gardens By The Bay[/caption]
The lesser known portion of Gardens By The Bay, this tranquil park is filled with lush lawns, elegant palm trees, and an unobstructed view of the fireworks! Situated opposite the Supertree Grove, the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, we suggest splurging on hawker treats to go from Satay by The Bay beforehand to feast out while waiting for the big show.
It’s accessible by car via Tanjong Rhu Road or across the bridge from Marina Barrage.
Open daily 24 hours, admission is absolutely free, so bring your picnic mats and hunker down for a peaceful night.
Bay East Garden
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Nearest MRT: Bayfront (CE1/DT16)
2. The Esplanade Roof Terrace[caption id="attachment_38627" align="aligncenter" width="908"] Image Credit: Esplanade[/caption]
Head all the way to the top of the Esplanade for a stunning view of the city. It also has a bird’s-eye view of the fireworks as it illuminates the Singapore skyline, ringing in the new year.
Do note that there’s limited space on the roof terrace so you might want to head down earlier to score yourself a good spot!
The Esplanade Roof Terrace
Address: 8 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039802
Nearest MRT: Esplanade MRT (CC3) | City Hall (NS25/EW13)
3. Faber Peak[caption id="attachment_38628" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Image Credit: Mount Faber Leisure Group[/caption]
While the view of the fireworks is from a distance here, this hilltop destination is perfect for a romantic rendezvous away from the crowd.
With cable cars, bars and restaurants, you’ll be living in the lap of luxury with food, drinks, fireworks and tons of breathing space this New Year’s Eve.
It’s accessible by car via Mount Faber Road from Lower Delta Road or Kampong Bahru Road which will take you straight up to Faber Peak Singapore.
Address: 109 Mount Faber Rd, Singapore 099203
Nearest MRT: HarbourFront MRT (NE1/CC29), take Exit B towards HarbourFront Centre
4. Singapore Sports Hub[caption id="attachment_38629" align="aligncenter" width="1800"] Image Credit: Singapore Sports Hub[/caption]
The greatest draw to watching the fireworks at the Sports Hub is avoiding the crowds of Marina Bay. If you position yourself right, along the waterfront, you get an undisturbed view across the water all the way to Marina Bay.
The numerous eateries here also means you don’t need to prepare your own picnic basket or food. Before the fireworks start, head over to Kallang Wave Mall for dinner or get some munchies to snack on while you watch the spectacular fireworks display.
Singapore Sports Hub
Address: 1 Stadium Place Singapore 397628
Nearest MRT: Stadium MRT (CC6)
5. Starbucks at The Fullerton Waterboat House[caption id="attachment_38630" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Image Credit: Jemma Wei[/caption]
Not one for alcohol? Start your new year with a caffeine fix at Starbucks at The Fullerton Waterboat House!
With its full length windows and a great view of the MBS, you’ll be able to catch the fireworks in a comfortable, air-conditioned space.
Starbucks at Fullerton Waterboat House
Address: 3 Fullerton RD, #02-01/02/03, Fullerton Waterboat House, Singapore 049215
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place MRT (EW14/NS26)
6. The Helix Bridge[caption id="attachment_38631" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] Image Credit: Arup[/caption]
Located right next to where the fireworks will be released, but a good distance away from the crowd at The Float @ Marina Bay, The Helix may get crowded, but is nonetheless better than squeezing at The Float.
What’s more, with 4 viewing platforms, it is a great place to get up close and personal with the fireworks!
The Helix Bridge
Address: Helix Bridge, Singapore
Nearest MRT: Promenade MRT (DT15/CC4)
7. Marina Barrage
The expansive lawn of Marina Barrage overlooks the city from across the Marina Channel.
Bring along a picnic mat and chill on the spacious rooftop garden during major celebrations, as you wait for the spectacular illuminations in the sky.
Address: 8 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018951
Nearest MRT: Bayfront (CE1/DT16)
8. Pinnacle @ Duxton[caption id="attachment_38633" align="aligncenter" width="1132"] Image Credit: Google Street Images[/caption]
It’s the tallest public housing in the area, with an astonishing 50 storeys. Residents of The Pinnacle are lucky to view the annual fireworks from the comfort of their homes. However, that doesn’t mean that you should be losing out too. For $6, you can head to the rooftop of The Pinnacle and witness the fireworks as they unfold.
All you’ll probably need to pay for is parking!
Pinnacle @ Duxton
Address: 1 Cantonment Rd, Singapore 085301
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar MRT (EW15) | Outram MRT Station (EW16/NE3)
9. 1-Altitude[caption id="attachment_38634" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Image Credit: 1-Altitude[/caption]
It should come as no surprise that the world’s highest alfresco bar delivers one of the best views of the fireworks. Head up to the Upper Viewing Gallery (on the 63rd floor) of 1-Altitude for a spectacular 360-degree view of the city.
Standing at 282 metres above sea level, enjoy the panoramic view of the entire island, have a drink whilst enjoying the fireworks and enjoy many amazing photo moments!
Address: 1 Raffles Place, Singapore 048616
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place (EW14/NS26)
10. Smoke & Mirrors[caption id="attachment_38635" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Smoke & Mirrors[/caption]
The National Gallery’s snazy rooftop restaurant and bar boasts a gorgeous view of the MBS and CBD.
Smoke and Mirrors has been gaining a rather loyal following for their cocktail menu, so grab a drink and settle in for the upcoming fireworks!
Smoke and Mirrors
Address: St Andrew’s Rd, 01 National Gallery, Singapore 178957
Nearest MRT: City Hall MRT (EW13/NS25)
11. Skyville @ Dawson
The Sky Garden at Dawson is a fully-sheltered garden terrace surrounded by lush greenery. The sky gardens are located at levels 14, 25 and 36 but the 47th storey is where you want to be this NYE.
As it is a residential area, be considerate and keep your levels down as you usher in the new year!
Skyville @ Dawson
Address: 86 Dawson Rd, Singapore 141086
Nearest MRT: Queenstown MRT (EW19)
12. Marina South Pier Carpark (Level 3)
The Marina South Pier isn’t just for ferry rides to St John’s Island. Climb up to level 3 of the car park and you’ll find a viewing spot of the ocean and CBD skyline in the background.
It may be packed with cars on the actual day itself but if you just want an epic view of the fireworks, the view from the top alone will be enough for your IG-worthy pictures.
Marina South Pier Carpark
Address: 31 Marina Coastal Dr, Singapore 018988
Nearest MRT: Marina South Pier MRT station (Exit A)