Car-free Civic District joins Marina Bay countdown fun

St Andrew's Road and Connaught Drive will be closed to vehicles from 4pm on Dec 31 until 2am on Jan 1, to make space for New Year's Eve activities.
St Andrew's Road and Connaught Drive will be closed to vehicles from 4pm on Dec 31 until 2am on Jan 1, to make space for New Year's Eve activities.PHOTO: ST FILE

Two major roads in the Civic District will be closed for New Year's Eve celebrations this year, making the countdown to midnight just the coda to look forward to on the last day of the year.

St Andrew's Road and Connaught Drive will be closed to vehicles from 4pm on Dec 31 until 2am on Jan 1, to make space for activities, from picnics and movie screenings to yoga classes and a dance party.

There will also be a Countdown Market in parts of Connaught Drive, with over 80 local craftsmen and street food stalls.

In the first time that countdown activities at Marina Bay are spilling into the Civic District, there will be music from local bands from 6pm to 7.30pm on the Empress Lawn for the first outdoor concert in the National Arts Council's new Music@Empress series.

Then, from 7.30pm until 11.45pm, movie screenings will be held on the lawn in front of the Asian Civilisations Museum and the Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall.

From 9pm until midnight, revellers can also dance the night away at the Health Promotion Board's Fitness Countdown Party in St Andrew's Road.

The National Gallery Singapore, Asian Civilisations Museum and Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall will stay open until midnight on Dec 31.

All this is part of the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown, jointly presented by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and the Esplanade. More information can be found at marinabaycountdown.sg

Said URA chief executive officer Ng Lang: "With the extended celebration area, Singaporeans and visitors will have more options to go beyond the main celebration area at Marina Bay to the adjacent Civic District on New Year's Eve, and even up along the banks of the Singapore River."

One of those looking forward to the new offerings is university student Min Lim, 21, who is keen on the Countdown Market. "Crowds aside, I'll definitely be there to support local artists and craftsmen," she said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 06, 2016, with the headline 'Car-free Civic District joins Marina Bay countdown fun'. Print Edition | Subscribe