Sensational Singapore’s countdown into 2019


Date: 31 December 2018
Time:  9.30pm – small fireworks display

10.50pm to 12 midnight – fireworks every 5 -10 minutes with lasers and light shows.


Venue: Marina Bay

We were viewing from the Padang Deck at the top of the National Gallery on the roof away from the crowds . (Members only invite.) It has a view right over Marina Bay with the Marina Bay Sands hotel in the background. It was an awesome view.

We took the MRT to/from City Square Mall and walked the short distance to the National Gallery from there, made easier by the road closures around the bay. The MRT was running until around 1:40am and was packed full on the way back at 1am.

(Thank you to the wonderful drivers who worked into the early hours so we could all get home.)

How much?

Access to Marina Bay was free.

Hotels are bars are making healthy profits by advertising minimum price per head and party packages for the evening with a view. Most of these are over 18s only.

Access to the Star Island event on the Float in Marina Bay is by ticket only. Ticket prices range from S$38 (£22) to S$148 (£85).

The National Gallery members pay S$288 (£166) which includes access to the Padang Deck for up to four people with a bottle of Lanson champagne to celebrate. It was worth it.

What was on?

It was a real visual spectacle with an array of enchanting colours in fireworks. Shapes, colours, colours changing as the firework progressed, graduated colours – it really was most impressive (and at my age I am not easily impressed!). It was breathtaking and there were lots of ‘wow’ moments. The fireworks lasted over an hour. It was amazing- as was our uninterrupted, spacious view.

At the stroke of midnight, the spectacular fireworks around the bay boomed against the backdrop of Singapore’s skyline, lighting up the whole of Marina Bay and marking the grand finale to the celebrations.  The theme was “Bay of Hopes & Dreams” but (not being an arty type) I’m not sure how the fireworks depicted that – although they were incredibly impressive.

Down in the Marina Bay Area there were plenty of activities lined up including a carnival / fairground, a free-for-public countdown concert by Mediacorp artistes, the Food Truck Fest and light projection shows. Below us outside the National Gallery there was a huge group doing keep fit, which I thought was very keen on NYE.

In the “Car-Free NYE at Civic District” there were movie screenings, and a bazaar, and of course the firework display set against the Marina Bay skyline. We didn’t venture into the civic district though.


The Marina Bay Singapore Countdown (MBSC) came into being in 2095 and has become the nation’s largest and most spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration presented by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).

Happy New Year!

We really had an amazing time in Sensational Singapore. (The only negative was the truly awful music the DJ played all night- and the DJ getting the countdown to New Year going too early!). The views were amazing, the fireworks fabulous and the company (my family) wonderful. It was a truly memorable NYE celebration.