The year of the monkey is fast approaching and, as usual, Singapore is set to celebrate the event with style and pizzazz. Of course, no major event in Singapore would be complete without a cracking fireworks display and this year visitors, expats and locals alike will be treated to not one, but two fantastic fireworks displays. Here’s our lowdown on the best places to watch the Singapore Chinese New Year fireworks 2016.
Chinese New Year Fireworks Marina Bay
As usual, the Marina Bay will set the ideal scene for one of Singapore’s biggest celebrations. Head down to the Marina Bay on the opening night of the River Hongbao and you won’t be disappointed. However, this year, the fireworks will be set off every night between the 6th and 14th Feb, giving you loads of opportunity to view them without jostling for the best viewing spots.
When: 7th February 2016
Time: Post-countdown at midnight.
When: 8-14th February 2016
Time: 9 pm every night
Singapore Chinese New Year’s Eve Fireworks 2016
Best Free Places to Watch the 2016 Chinese New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Singapore
1. The Marina Bay Sands Waterfront Boardwalk
The Marina Bay Sands Boardwalk is situated right in the heart of the action and will bring you up close and personal with the fireworks as they are launched in the Bay. It is situated right in front of the Marina Bay Sands. This location will be only be suitable for families with older children, as the close proximity to the fireworks may be slightly intimidating and too loud for very young kiddies.
2. The Esplanade Waterfront Promenade
If you’re looking for something more than fireworks alone, consider spending the evening at the Esplanade Waterfront Promenade. While you’re there, check out the Huayi Chinese Festival of the Arts.
3. The Helix Bridge
The Helix Bridge links Marina Bay to Marina Centre, firmly in the heart of the action. It will undoubtedly present an ideal viewing platform for the spectacular fireworks but be prepared to have your eardrums blown out.
4. The Marina Barrage
This is another great location where you can combine watching the Chinese new year’s eve fireworks with some family fun and entertainment. Although you may not get the unobstructed view of the fireworks that is available elsewhere, there will still be plenty to see and do and the distance away from the fireworks may make it a slightly more suitable location for younger kiddos.
5. The Promontory @ Marina Bay
If you’re looking for a slightly less crowded location from which to enjoy the Singapore Chinese New Year’s Eve fireworks then the Marina Boulevard Open Field will be perfect for you and your family. This year some viewing stands have been erected, so it should all be pretty organised and gentile.
6. Esplanade Bridge, Esplanade Drive
The view (and sound) from the fireworks from the Esplanade Bridge will be bold and brash. Will it be a crowded mess? Of course, but these are just plain some of the best views of the Singapore New Year’s Eve Fireworks.
7. Clifford Pier
Get there early if you intend on viewing the fireworks from here. Its a small space but it promises amazing views.
8. Marina Square
A great option for those who love a great fireworks display but don’t like the noise. Plus, if it all gets too much excitement for the kiddos to take, you’ll have the added convenience of the shopping mall and toilets nearby.
Chinese New Years Fireworks 2016 China Town
The second set of fireworks will be launched in Chinatown on Chinese New Year Eve. Why not head over there early and enjoy some of the great events that are taking place in Chinatown to mark the year of the monkey: Chinese New Year 2016 in Singapore. Right in the heart of the action you can enjoy browsing the market stalls, trying local foods and watching what promises to be an amazing carnival. Just some of the activities on offer include the following:
Festive Street Bazaar
When: 15 January to 7 February 2016
Time: 6 pm – 10:30 pm (daily), 6pm – 1am (Chinese New Year’s Eve)
Where: Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Sago Street, Temple Street and Trengganu Street, Chinatown, Singapore
When: 9th January to 7th February 2016
Time: 11am – 10.30pm
Where: Open Space in front of People’s Park Complex
Chinatown New Year’s Eve Fireworks
You can usher in the Year of the Monkey with live performances and a rousing countdown celebration with MediaCorp artistes in the heart of Chinatown with the 2016 countdown. Be entertained by the lively performances from a medley of festive songs, skits to interactive games as the countdown party culminates with rousing firecrackers and a spectacular display of fireworks.
Where: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street
When: 7th February 2016
You can find a full list of the events here: Chinese New Year 2016
Looking for something to keep the kids entertained during the festive period? Check out our free Chinese New Year colouring pages.
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