Still haven’t planned on what to do this new years’ eve? Does everything seem to be either too expensive, or already sold out by this time? We asked ourselves the same questions, so here on Vulcan Post, we’ve sniffed out 10 budget-friendly ways for you to usher in the new year, with a little something for everybody.
For the fireworks lovers
Of course, nothing can beat the experience of watching the fireworks where the action is — the Marina Bay area. But if you’re planning to skip the parties (and possibly the crowds), the less accessible open space at Marina Barrage might just be your call.
Join families, lovers, and shutterbugs here to catch the Singapore skyline at some of its most spectacular moments.
Time: All day
Venue: 8 Marina Gardens Drive, 018951
The Pinnacle@Duxton is a 2.5 hectare public residential complex featuring two of the world’s longest sky gardens at the 26th and 50th floors respectively. The sky garden on the 50th floor has one of the best panoramic views of the city, creating the perfect observation point for viewing the fireworks. It is also limited to a hundred visitors at any one time, which means less jostling, more visibility.
A downside is that the space is only open to the public from 9am to 10pm daily for visitors not living in the vicinity, so this rules out catching the main firework show at midnight. Balloting will also be conducted to prevent overcrowding.
But at $5 per entry, nobody’s complaining.
Time: 9am to 10pm daily
Venue: 1 Cantonment Road, Singapore 080001
For the party animals
The Promontory @ Marina Bay
Here’s another reason to hang out in the Marina Bay area, at the heart of all the action. For the second time this New Year’s Eve, the Celebrate With The World 2015 Countdown Party brings you a star-studded line-up to ring in 2015 together.
The party features homegrown celebrities such as Chriz Tong, Nic Lee, Sheikh Haikel and A cappella group Juz B, and international celebrities such as DJ Ronski Speed and DJ Lisa Bluestar, bringing you 8 hours of non-stop entertainment.
If partying is not your thing, look forward to a flea market and carnival running alongside the event at the same place, with games catered especially for the young and the young at heart.
Tickets for the party can be purchased from their website, while entry to the carnival is free of charge, and free for all.
Cost: $10 for the Countdown Party (includes 1 complimentary drink), and free for the carnival
Time: 6.30pm till late for the Countdown Party and 12pm-1am for the carnival
Venue: 11 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018940
Countdown in Colour at Clarke Quay is hosted by Mediacorp Class 95 FM DJ Glenn Ong and 987 FM DJ Sonia Chew, with an epic line up of performances till past midnight. The event will be broadcasting “Live” from Clarke Quay on 987 FM , and highlights include live band performances by Goodfellas (SG), colourful street decoration, a glow-themed street parade and and roving percussionists.
If still not satisfied, wrap up your the night with the multitude of dining and party options Clarke Quay has to offer. From Attica to Hooters, China One to Senor Taco, this is the place to be to start your new year with a bang.
Time: 10.30pm to 12.30pm
Venue: Central Fountain Square, Clarke Quay
For the arts lovers
New Year’s Eve Countdown Concert by The Philharmonic Orchestra Singapore
Ring in the new year with the best of the classics, with a line up of 8 pieces including Duke Ellington’s popular arrangement of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and John Williams’ Schindler’s List.
The performance features Maestro Lim Yau as the conductor, William Ledbetter as the host and The Philharmonic Orchestra Singapore, and enjoy a glass of bubbly on the house to top off the night. More information is available on their website.
Tickets are available via Sistic.
Cost: $37 per ticket or $60 for a pair of tickets
Time: 10pm to 12.05am
Venue: SOTA Concert Hall, 1 Zubir Said Drive, Singapore 227968
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Esplanade’s Celebrate December New Years’ Eve Countdown
End your year with Esplanade’s annual Celebrate December line up of programs including music performances, craft workshops, and other activities for all ages. Find out more about the event here and here.
Time: Various timings
Venue: Esplanade Concourse and Outdoor Theatre
For the novelty seekers
Christmas Countdown Foam Party on Ice
The Rink, Singapore’s first and only Olympic-sized ice skating rink, opens its doors to a night of unparalleled gliding to the beat of the latest music hits with its very first foam party on ice in Singapore this year.
Also enjoy an hour of free skating on the house and a Valore Dome 3000mAh Powerbank for the first 200 skaters. The minimum age for entry is four years old.
Find out more about the event here.
Cost: $28 per entry
Time: 9.45pm to 12.45am
Venue: The Rink, 2 Jurong East Central 1, Level 3, JCube, Singapore 609731
Reawakening at Going Om
If mystical experiences are your cup of tea, join cafe-bar Going Om in their emotional cleansing ritual to bid the old goodbye and awaken your true self in the new year.
Homegrown buskers Fairuz Rahim and Muhammad Ridhwan will be performing laidback tunes to set the mood for the night. Patrons are also invited to bring a small item they would like to release symbolically, which will be put into flames after midnight in exchange for a crystal as a fresh start to the new year. Find out more about the event here.
Cost: The activities for the night are free for all, but food and drinks from their menu are chargeable.
Time: 8pm to 3am
Venue: 63 Haji Lane, Singapore 189256
For the homebodies
For those feeling less adventurous, you need not venture too far from your own backyards to celebrate the coming of the new year in a star-studded yet family-friendly environment.
Over 30 community bashes are happening all across the island, with ministers and local celebrities gracing the events. With games, food, and entertainment from the afternoon well into the night, you can look forward to soaking in the party atmosphere here without even leaving the little ones at home.
A more complete list of the the locations of the festivities here.
Cost: Varies, but usually kept between $2-$5
Time: From 5.30pm till late
Family, friends, TV, sleep. ’nuff said.
Time: All Day
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