Fireworks in Singapore 2012:
When and Where to See Them

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I've received many emails asking me when and where to see fireworks in Singapore.

So I decided to put everything I know into one page for everybody's benefit.

If you discover a great spot to see these fireworks, do use the form below and tell us about it.


Fireworks in Singapore - Launched from Esplanade Bridge.
(Fireworks as seen from the waterfront promenade near Esplanade Theatre)

On this page:
When:
[Fireworks Schedule 2012]

Where:
[Hotels with Fireworks Views]
[Picnic & Photography] [Restaurants]


When to See Fireworks in Singapore in 2012


JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2012

Fireworks will be launched during Chinese New Year 2012:

At Marina Bay (as part of River Hongbao Celebrations):

Where: Marina Bay, near the Floating Platform.

When:

  • 21 Jan 2012, 8pm
    (during River Hongbao Opening Ceremony)

  • 22 Jan 2012, 11.59pm
    (during River Hongbao Chinese New Year Countdown Concert)


JULY - AUGUST 2012

SINGAPORE NATIONAL DAY PARADE & REHEARSALS

Singapore National Day Rehearsals (NE Shows, Saturdays):

  • NE Show 1 - (date to be confirmed)

  • NE Show 2 - (date to be confirmed)

  • NE Show 3 - (date to be confirmed)

(NE Shows are 'full dress rehearsals' of the National Day Parade. They are watched by primary school students.)

(date to be confirmed) - Preview Parade for Singapore National Day 2012

9 Aug 2012 - Singapore National Day 2012

Where:
NDP Fireworks will be launched from around the National Day Parade venue (The Float @ Marina Bay). Watch this space for updates nearer National Day 2012.

What Time: At the end of the Show Segment of NDP (likely from 7.30pm).

More about Singapore National Day 2012; Past Years' Fireworks

IMPORTANT NOTE:
In the event of bad weather (or for health safety and other pertinent reasons), the NE Shows and Parades may be delayed, cut short or postponed. If this happens, the fireworks will be similarly affected.


SINGAPORE FIREWORKS CELEBRATIONS

Aug/Sep 2012: Singapore Fireworks Celebrations
(Not held in 2011! To be confirmed!)

Ticketed event at Marina Bay Floating Platform.

DECEMBER 2012

31 December 2012: Marina Bay Countdown to 2013

At midnight, but you need to be there by 10pm to stand a chance. Draws the thickest crowd in the fireworks calendar.

Apart from the free-to-view spots listed on this page, you may also pay to watch the fireworks from the Marina Bay Floating Platform.



Where to See Fireworks in Singapore
(For Launches at Marina Bay Waters)


Best Picnic and Photography Spots to Watch Fireworks in Singapore:



Map showing the spots to watch fireworks in Singapore.

s icon Fireworks launch point
s icon Esplanade Waterfront Promenade s icon Promontary @ Marina Boulevard
s icon Esplanade Bridge s icon MB Sands Waterfront Boardwalk
s icon Merlion Park s icon Helix Bridge
s icon Clifford Pier s icon Marina Barrage

s icon The Esplanade Theatre Waterfront Promenade

  • A very convenient spot overall.

  • You need to find a good spot if you don't want to see the construction sites in your fireworks photos.


s icon The Esplanade Bridge

  • A good place if you want the Merlion included in your fireworks photos.

  • However, you still need to a wide-angle lens because the fireworks are pretty near.

  • This spot is incredibly crowded during the New Year's Eve Countdown fireworks.


s icon Merlion Park

  • Go to the Merlion Park if you want to hear the loud booms and to feel the fireworks 'falling on you'.

  • A difficult place to get everything into your camera unless you use a fish eye lens or a wide-angle lens.

  • Suitable to take children to, but crowded. You'll need to get there early and occupy the kids meaningfully.


s icon Clifford Pier

  • A small area available to the public. Better if you book a seat at One on the Bund restaurant (see below).


s icon The Promontory @ Marina Boulevard

    • This spot was a fireworks photographer's favourite before the re-construction took place. You get sweeping views across the water towards the Marina Bay hotels.

    • Now refurbished, it's a lovely green space.

    • Likely the venue of some carnival or fair during fireworks night and therefore a good spot to take kids to.

    • Some photos of fireworks as seen from Marina Boulevard.


s iconMarina Bay Sands Waterfront Boardwalk

    • This newly completed timber boardwalk is situated just in front of Marina Bay Sands. It takes you all the way to the water's edge.


s icon Helix Bridge

    • The spiralling steelwork may hinder your view of the fireworks. But it also creates an interesting perspective.

    • There are also uninterrupted platform areas that protrude over the waters, which offers an interesting vantage view over the skyline.


s icon Marina Barrage

    • Farther away than all the other viewing spots, but offer a 'sense' of seclusion.

    • Take the MRT to Marina South Station. Then SBS Bus No. 400 or the Marina Barrage Shuttle Bus to the Barrage.



Best Hotels to See Fireworks in Singapore
(For Launches at Marina Bay)

  1. Swissotel the Stamford

    • Highly recommended!

    • Rooms from Level 68 downwards, with balconies.

    • Highest possible view of fireworks.

    • Compare rates from multiple sites for Swissotel The Stamford Hotel:

      Swissotel The Stamford Singapore



  2. Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore

    • Highly recommended.

    • Want to see the fireworks while soaking in a bath tub? This is it.

    • Compare and find the best rates for Ritz Carlton Millenia.

  3. The Fullerton Hotel

    • May not have the height of all the other hotels. But this heritage gem is closest to the action and has rooms that face the fireworks area.

    • Compare and find the best rates for Fullerton Hotel Singapore.

  4. Mandarin Oriental Singapore

  5. Marina Mandarin Hotel Singapore

  6. Pan Pacific Singapore Marina Bay

Remember to book a room facing Marina Bay!




Best Restaurants to See Fireworks in Singapore

The restaurants listed here are for their views of fireworks in Singapore Marina Bay. There is no judgement on the quality of their food.

  1. Equinox Restaurant (Level 70, Swissotel the Stamford)
    • See the fireworks from 226m up. You literally are above the fireworks!
    • Book way in advance.

  2. Hai Tien Lo (Level 37, Pan Pacific Singapore Hotel, Tel: +65 6826 8240)
    • Cantonese food, including Peking Duck.
    • Request for table near the window.

  3. Dolce Vita (Mandarin Oriental, Tel: +65 6885 3551)
    • Posh Italian restaurant - dine indoors or on the pool terrace.

  4. The Axis Bar & Lounge (Mandarin Oriental, Tel: +65 6885 3098)
    • Coffee, cocktail and more.

  5. The Lighthouse (Fullerton Hotel, Tel: +65 6877 8933)
    • In a spot where a lighthouse used to be.
    • Italian cuisine.
    • You need to book early and ask for a table by the window.

  6. One Fullerton Restaurants
    • Sano Bar - fine Lebanese food, Tel: +65 64239182
    • Pierside Kitchen & Bar - Tel: +65 6438 0400
    • Palm Beach Seafood Restaurant - Chinese seafood restaurant, Tel: +65 6423 0040
    • Starbucks - we all know this one.

  7. Orgo (Roof Terrace @ Esplanade Theatres, Tel: +65 63369366)
    • Chill out at the open-air area or in one of the air-conditioned glass capsules.

  8. Al Dente Trattoria @ Esplanade (Colours by the Bay, Tel: +65 6341 9188)
    • Italian fare served on a roof-top terrace overlooking Marina Bay.

  9. One on the Bund (Clifford Pier, Tel: +65 6221 0004)
    • You need to book a table at the al fresco area.

Please note that if the fireworks are launched from the Esplanade Bridge, views from these restaurants may be obscured.





Related to Fireworks in Singapore

Singapore Fireworks Celebrations 2008 Photos

Chinese New Year Fireworks in Singapore

Singapore National Day Fireworks Photos

Singapore National Day Videos: Fireworks & Other Shows

NDP Fireworks Photos Taken from Marina East Gardens (before the works).

 



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Page author: Gabriel Tan. All rights reserved.
Page updated: 19 Jan 2012.



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