Marina Bay is countdown party central

For those who want to catch as many New Year's Eve events as possible, the Marina Bay area is happy hunting ground. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
For those who want to catch as many New Year's Eve events as possible, the Marina Bay area is happy hunting ground. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

It's parties galore in the Marina Bay area today. For those who want to catch as many New Year's Eve events as possible, this is happy hunting ground. The celebrations start early in the day with a carnival and continues into the night with concerts and dance parties that will take you to 2015.


MARINA BAY SINGAPORE COUNTDOWN 2015

What: Anchoring the countdown activities around the bay is the official countdown presented by the Urban Redevelopment Authority and Esplanade, Theatres on the Bay. Keeping with tradition, around 25,000 red and white "wishing spheres" will be set afloat in Marina Bay, bearing the hopes and aspirations of Singaporeans.

To celebrate the start of the country's golden jubilee, there will be an eight-minute fireworks display choreographed to a score composed by Singapore's Julian Wong and Riduan Zalani. A special segment of the music will feature close to 400 drummers, performing at the lower boardwalk in front of the Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza.

Where: Various locations around Marina Bay

Price: Free

Info: www.marinabaycountdown.sg


MEDIACORP PRESENTS: CELEBRATE SG50

 What: Marking the start of 2015, and Singapore's 50th year of independence, this seven-hour extravaganza showcases the best of local pop culture in the past half-century.

More than 60 local artists, including Rahimah Rahim, Stefanie Sun, Dick Lee, Kit Chan, indie band The Sam Willows and Singapore Idol winner Sezairi Sezali, will perform. Watch out for spectacular guest spots by famed Korean boyband Big Bang (pictured) and Malaysian songbird Dato Siti Nurhaliza.

As always, this party gives you unrestricted view of the fireworks at the stroke of midnight.

Where: The Float @ Marina Bay

When: 7.30pm till late (dance party starts at 1.30am)

Price: $28, $68 from Sistic. $128 tickets sold out. Call 6348-5555 or go to www.sistic.com.sg

Info: tv.xinmsnent.mediacorp.sg/celebratesg50/index.html


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CELEBRATE WITH THE WORLD

What: Dance the night away with seven hours of non-stop entertainment.

From noon, a flea market and carnival activities set the mood for night-time revelry later.

Then, from 6.30pm, high-energy EDM DJ sets from Germany's DJ Ronski Speed and Thailand's DJ Lisa Bluestar, and Singapore model-DJ Nicole Chen take centre stage. Joining the party line-up is singer-songwriter Nic Lee from pop-rock group Mi Lu Bing, rapper-host Sheikh Haikel and a cappella group Juz B (pictured), performing hit songs.

Where: The Promontory@ Marina Bay

When: From 6.30pm. Carnival from noon to 1am

Price: $10 (includes one drink and $5 Fish & Co voucher), $50 (includes five tickets, five drinks and $50 Fish & Co voucher). VIP table package at $388 (for five tickets, one bottle of Reyka vodka, 20 cans of Dester beer, one mixer and $100 Fish & Co voucher)

Info: www.celebratewiththeworld.com; no minimum age, but only those aged 18 and above are allowed to purchase alcoholic drinks