Marina Bay carnival opens after week's delay

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The Prudential Marina Bay Carnival will open on Dec 15 and run until April 1 next year.
The Prudential Marina Bay Carnival will open on Dec 15 and run until April 1 next year.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
The carnival was supposed to start a week ago, but organisers were still awaiting the go-ahead from the authorities.
The carnival was supposed to start a week ago, but organisers were still awaiting the go-ahead from the authorities.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
Occupying an area the size of three and a half football fields, the carnival will be the biggest in Singapore.
Occupying an area the size of three and a half football fields, the carnival will be the biggest in Singapore.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
Entry to the event is free, but there are charges for the rides and game booths.
Entry to the event is free, but there are charges for the rides and game booths.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
The Star Flyer, a carousel in which riders' legs dangle as they spin round and round taking in the surrounding sights.
The Star Flyer, a carousel in which riders' legs dangle as they spin round and round taking in the surrounding sights.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
The 55m-tall Mach 5 from the UK.
The 55m-tall Mach 5 from the UK.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
The carnival will be held at the Promontory and Bayfront Event Space.
The carnival will be held at the Promontory and Bayfront Event Space.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
Opening hours are from 4pm to 11pm daily, except for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, when the carnival is open from 3pm to 2am.
Opening hours are from 4pm to 11pm daily, except for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, when the carnival is open from 3pm to 2am.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

SINGAPORE - A gigantic hammer which swings to a maximum height of 55m, and a colourful 35m-tall neon-lit tower have risen up in Marina Bay.

The 55m-tall Mach 5 and the Star Flyer, a carousel in which riders' legs dangle as they spin round and round taking in the surrounding sights, are part of 22 rides and attractions at the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival.

The carnival, the biggest in the country, will open on Friday (Dec 15) and run until April 1 next year. It was supposed to start a week ago, but organisers were still awaiting the final go-ahead.

Occupying an area the size of three and a half football fields, the carnival is held at the Promontory and Bayfront Event Space.

Entry to the event is free, but there are charges for the rides and game booths, where more than a million prizes such as plushies from the Minions franchise are waiting to be won.

Local musicians such as singer Tay Kexin and hip-hop rapper TheLionCityBoy will perform during the carnival. Food such as chendol soft serve and lemongrass chicken rice bowls are also on sale.

Opening hours are from 4pm to 11pm daily, except for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, when the carnival is open from 3pm to 2am.