Where will you be this New Year’s Eve? Whether it is good, clean, friendly fun or a full-on blowout that you’re looking for, The Wellness Insider has an extensive list of countdown parties and events that you can choose from, depending on what you’re looking for:
1. Marina Bay Sands Countdown
The Marina Bay Countdown 2018 looks set to close the year with a big bang. The celebrations have already started with the Marina Bay Carnival, Celebrate the City, on from now till 31st December. With rides, games, music performances by local and international stars, and of course, lots of food, the free carnival concludes with a big countdown on the final day.
|Venue:||Marina Bay Sands|
2. Star Island Singapore Countdown
If fireworks and light shows are your thing, then this one is for you. Journey to Star Island this NYE, where you become one of the “Star People” to witness a fireworks musical extravaganza. The 60-minute show incorporates visual, audio and immersive elements to stimulate your senses, promising to be a “magical countdown you won’t forgot”.
|Venue:||The Float @ Marina Bay|
3. Universal Studios Singapore Countdown
Ever wanted to welcome the New Year screaming on a rollercoaster? With extended hours till 12am at Universal Studios, that might be an option for those adrenaline junkies out there. Or you might prefer to hang out with the Minions instead. With an array of live and street performances for the whole family, you can expect a fun-filled lead up to 2019.
|Venue:||Universal Studios Singapore|
|Price:||Individual from $36 per person; family packages from $134.|
4. The Enchanted Forest at Faber Park
How about welcoming 2019 in the enchanted forest at Faber Peak with some delectable food and wine? Idyllic views of Harbour Front and Sentosa on the hilltop, live performances and party games, with the Cable Car even extending it operating hours to 1am on NYE. To top it off, there’s a special firework display to cap the night.
|Venue:||Mount Faber Park|
|Price:||From $39++ onwards|
5. Esplanade Countdown
Celebrate with local artistes such as Nick Zavario, NovoBloco and Bloco Singapura at the Esplanade where there will be live music and performances throughout the evening. Be ensured that you will be moving to great tunes and lots of family-friendly dancing to groove your way into 2019.
|Venue:||Esplanade Outdoor Theatre|
6. Locoland 2019
Not keen on staying up till midnight? Then welcome to Locoland – an island of happiness where the clock strikes midnight at 9pm, Mexican style! Munch on tacos, nachos, chimichangas from 5pm and have a little margarita or two. The young ones can enjoy facepainting, a screening of the movie Coco and arts and crafts. When 9pm rolls around, say Happy New Year with piñata bashing and sparklers, for the kids that is.
|Venue:||Super Loco Robertson Quay|
7. Bollywood Countdown 2019
Mexican not your thing? Then Bollywood is calling you this 2019! Dance-worthy Bollywood music by DJ Kevin, lots of dancing, games and a delicious Indian food buffet, this event is for everyone in the family. There’s even a competition for the best Bollywood outfit so whip out your sarees and suits. At midnight, watch the fireworks above from the gallery overlooking the Singapore Flyer.
|Venue:||F1 Pit Building|
|Price:||Family packages from $175 (includes buffet dinner for all).|
Individual tickets from $30.
Free for kids below three. Drinks not included.
8. New Year’s Eve Beach BBQ Countdown
Waves crashing, sand under your feet with a barbequed chicken wing and beer in hand… If that image appeals to you, then Coastes’ Beach BBQ Countdown Party might be up your alley. Enjoy special live music performances by SF-XPRESS led by the renowned Stephen Francis and featuring one of Singapore’s finest singers, Lily Anna Nuris.
|Venue:||Coastes, 50 Siloso Beach Walk|
|Price:||BBQ food buffet for $75+ per adult; $35+ per child (12 and below).|
9. Our Tampines Hub Countdown 2019
If you haven’t been to Our Tampines Hub, here’s a good reason to check it out: there is going to be a countdown party with local celebrities like Jade Seah and Suhaimi Yusof. Plus, grab your party pack and special eco-gift for 2019 at the door. Community performances will keep you entertained and catch a very special 10-min fireworks, laser and wave flame showcase in Town Square at the stroke of midnight.
|Venue:||Our Tampines Hub, Town Square|
10. Community Countdowns
Does the thought of heading out to join big crowds and then trying to squeeze home in the late train make you shudder? Then you might want to stay closer to home with the celebrations that are happening in your neighbourhood. Enjoy a simple evening of activities like balloon sculpting, live performances and a firework display if you’re lucky. The best part? You can just home right after midnight.
|Venue:||Various locations in your community|
Black & Gold NYE Countdown Party
Join the award-winning DJ Mass, who has spun tunes at landmark hotspots and Global Music Festivals, for a stylish yet rocking evening at JW Marriott’s Black & Gold Party. Drinks are free-flow and there is even a supper buffet to mop up all that alcohol. Best part, take in stunning fireworks exploding against the city skyline when the clock strikes 12.
Siloso Beach Party
If a Beach BBQ is not your thing, opt for a beach blowout with Siloso Beach instead, which is also hosting a foam beach party. Dance the night away covered with foam to the likes of international and local DJs including DJs Jay Hardway, Kaylova, Luane and various other music performances. Top it off with a bang as fireworks blaze the night sky to usher in 2019.
Party with COMO Dempsey
The tranquil space of COMO Dempsey will be transformed into party central with a show-stopping lineup of DJs including Joshua P, YA5TH and Aurora (A PHAT CAT COLLECTIVE), Shai (AOS) and Paulsilver (MATTEBLACC). Consider having dinner at one of the COMO Dempsey restaurants on December 31st; diners enjoy complimentary entry to the countdown party.
1-Altitude New Year’s Eve 2018 presents Burluxe
|Venue:||1 Altitude, 1 Raffles Place|
|Price:||Free-standing; $50 to $300++ depending on the time you choose|
Brand New Day: A 2-Day New Year Beach Revelry
You are spoilt for choice with the array of beach parties available. But this one is at Tanjong Beach Club lasts for two whole days for you to say a proper farewell to 2018 and greet the first sunrise of 2019. You can sink your feet into the sand or dance the night away to the tunes of DJ Orio, then restart again with a brunch spread and soak in the chill beats of Sivanesh Pillai, while sipping on a mimosa and leave your resolutions at the door.
|Venue:||Tanjong Beach Club, Sentosa|
Clarke Quay PLAY Block Party
Clarke Quay invites you to celebrate and usher in 2019 with an epic Block Party Countdown at its Fountain Square.This year’s NYE’s block party theme PLAY will see specially constructed three-dimensional, solid-shaped play block structures designed to bring a fun and imaginative playground element to the party. Larger than life unicorns and toy soldiers will roam the Square, with 987FM DJs Gerald Koh and Kimberly Wang hosting the event and energetic covers by local band Shirlyn and the UnXpected.
Electric Sky: New Year’s Eve Countdown Party
Bar Rouge invites you to its metallic paradise on top of Swissôtel the Stamford with Electric Sky. The nightclub will showcase an interactive visual installation decked with a stunning silver arch styled out of prismatic helium balloons for guests to etch their hopes for 2019. Enjoy the city landscapes while bobbing to the tunes of resident DJs Kenneth F, Styluxtakut, Rattle and Fadille, as well as roving performers and models dressed in Silver Glam. Come donned in your best and you might even win a three-course dinner with a glass of bubbly at Skai Restaurant for two.
71st Floor, Swissôtel The Stamford
|Price:||$50 per pax|
Bianco – Countdown by the Bay 2018
Chimi’s invites you to dress up in all white and go wild with Bianco, the countdown party at the Bay. A visual treat of spectacular aerial acts by Acro Polates with an exciting lineup of DJs. Hail 2019 with champagne and a view of the fireworks over Marina Bay.
|Price:||Free-standing; $38 pre-event, $58 at the door.|
Tables priced between $260+ to $780+ for two to six persons with premium bottles
90s Disco Fever Countdown Dinner Party
Stuff yourself silly with an extensive buffet dinner at mezza9 then hit the dance floor to shake it out with a 90s Disco Fever Countdown Party at the hotel lobby. Get ready to croon to the likes of The Backstreet Boys, NSync and Christina Aguilera, with some free-flowing champagne for liquid courage and desserts for dance energy until 12 am.
|Venue:||Mezza9, Grand Hyatt, Orchard|
|Price:||Packages are at $308 per adult inclusive of free-flowing champagne and entry to the party.|
OverEasy Orchard Presents: Kampong Boogie
Party collective Kampong Boogie and OverEasy Orchard team up for a New Year’s Eve blowout featuring a talented lineup of all-stars from the local music scene like Funk Bstrd, DJ Alx, Senka, Intriguant, Casie Lane, DJ Joshua P, special guest percussionist Rumshot and MC Swtlkr. You will be promised a journey of through an amalgam of musical genres all the way till midnight when OverEasy Orchard’s very own ball drops.
|Price:||$30-$50 per pax|
Masquerade Countdown Party
You will be dancing all night at this Masquerade Countdown Party with vocalist Julie Walter helping you count your way down to 2019 at the Shangri-La Hotel. The talented singer and a six-piece show band will serenade you with chart-topping hits, followed by the live DJ set with an assortment of genres.
|Venue:||Shangri-La Hotel Singapore|
|Price:||$375++ per pax|
NSFW: No Regrets New Years Eve
You cannot expect anything less than a blazing blowout by Zouk. Have no regrets as you end your year filled with fun and drunken debauchery. And dancing of course, with hip-hop, trap and thumping tunes by LeNERD, Nash D and Ghetto at Capital. Other popular songs will be provided courtesy of Hong, Zushan and Jeremy Boon. Marching band performances and a photo booth will also keep you entertained to midnight.
|Price:||$60 per pax|
Sin City: One Last Night of Debauchery
Welcome to the city of sin this New Year’s Eve at the Warehouse Hotel and get ready to be enticed by the sensual display by the sexy dancers and showgirls, The Glamourette. DJ KFC will be spinning disco funk alongside the sounds of the saxophone from Darker and Wax’s Kaye.
|Venue:||The Warehouse Hotel|
|Price:||$98++ per pax|
Loof Presents: 2019 Lai Liao
2019 Lai Liao! That’s how Loof plans to rake in the New Year, with balls dropping and quite likely a yum seng as well. The folks at Loof invite you to party local style, where you will be treated to dishes like the Bak Chor Mee Grilled Cheese and Chilli Crab Waffle Fries and killer group serves such as the Holy Mati-mony. Games include competing to see who gives the best ‘blowjob’, that is, who can blow the biggest Bestman Balloon.
|Venue:||Loof, Odeon Towers|
|Price:||$38++ per pax|
What do you get when you pair Dom Pérignon with the rooftop party den? A glitter-filled party to say hello to 2019! If sparkle is your cup of tea, then sparkle yourself up and head down to Cé La Vi where you will find shiny disco balls and a photo booth decked out in glittering beads and gems for as many snapshots to capture your evening. The resident DJs will be spinning the night away till midnight, when you will be treated to a magnificent fireworks display right at the top of Marina Bay Sands.
|Venue:||CÉ LA VI|
Marina Bay Sands
|Price:||$138 per pax|
If you feel like counting down to the New Year in a winter wonderland, then Lulu’s Lounge Winter’s Garden might just be the place for you. The bar will be transformed to put a theatrical spin that features circus favourites, stilt walkers, jugglers and other flamboyant performers such as the dynamic Lykie and her captivating burlesque act. This flashy evening would not be complete without Singapore’s favourite drag queen Becca D’Bus, who will host the event and keep you captivated with her eccentricities and quirks.
Pan Pacific Hotel
|Price:||$30-$35 per pax|
You’ll be in for a wild party at Bang Bang where the New Year will be ushered against a futuristic backdrop, with special performances by the dramatic LED stilt walkers and sneaky appearances by the club’s iconic mascot troupe. Singapore’s most happening nightclub will be spinning to the beats of DJ J. Espinosa, who is set to turn up the heat with his electrifying and energetic sets. You can be promised their popular balloon drop come midnight as well.
Pan Pacific Hotel
|Price:||$35-$40 per pax|
If none of these destinations appeal to you, then you might consider going somewhere nearby, if you can afford it. Here are some options to choose from:
- Bangkok Thailand: Whether it’s chilling out on the various rooftop bars, or jiving the night away in a club, you’re spoilt for choice in Bangkok. For something a tad different, welcome 2018 leisurely at Asiatique’s Thailand Countdown 2018, Bangkok’s trendy open-air market.
- Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Saigon is fun any time of the year, but during NYE, it’s electric. For the party scene, head to either SOHY Sky Lounge & Dining Countdown or Caravelle Hotel’s New Year’s Masquerade 2018. Don’t miss brilliant fireworks at the city’s iconic Bitexco tower.
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Catch live music performances at KLCC Park, nightlife along Changkat Bukit Bintang or the city’s best rooftop bars, and cap the night with spectacular fireworks. Families can head down to Desa Park City to secure a good spot to watch the fireworks.
- Koh Phang An, Thailand: We all know what happens on this Thai Island every NYE: Full Moon Party! This is for you if you want to party the night away against a beautiful backdrop with internationally renowned DJs spinning awesome tunes.
Off the Beaten Track
1. New Year Eve Kundalini Yoga Workshop
Yoga, meditation and intention-setting… Sound appealing? Then how about a night of Kundalini Yoga this NYE? Yoga in Common is organising a workshop for those looking to start 2019 on a calmer note. A combination of the technology of Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and Therapeutic Aromatherapy helps you lay the foundation for an amazing strong start to the New Year. This workshop consists of two sessions and you can attend either session or both.
|Venue:||Yoga in Common, 22 Petain Road (Near Farrer Park MRT)|
|Price||$35 for one session; $55 for two|
2. The Philharmonic Orchestra presents New Year’s Eve Countdown Concert 2019
Conductors Lim Yau and Lin Juan and host William Ledbetter invite you to ring in New Year with this much-anticipated. Celebrate the end of 2018 in a concert of charming and familiar classics. You can even sip on a complimentary glass of bubbly and watch the Marina Bay skyline fireworks from Empress Lawn.
|Venue:||Victoria Concert Hall|
|Price:||$42 per ticket or S$35 per ticket with a purchase of 2 tickets|
S$27 per ticket for Senior Citizens (55 years old & above), Child (2 – 12 years old), Student (Local/Overseas) & NSF
3. TRI | Climb, Swim & Run!
For all you sports enthusiasts out there, join the Rock School at Tampines Hub for Singapore’s first NYE triathlon event involving a climb, swim and run (yes, all at the same time). You will feel heaps fitter, and you may even decide to incorporate fitness into your resolutions.
|Venue:||Our Tampines Hub | The Rock School|
|Price:||Singles = $15 per person (13 years & above)|
Doubles = $25 per pair (children 7-12 years will need to be paired with someone aged 13 years & above)
4. Home Sweet Home
If all else fails and you really don’t want to spend NYE shoving through crowds and dealing with massive jams after midnight, then stay home. Better yet, order in, open a nice glass of wine or pop some champagne and spend a quiet evening with your loved ones.
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