This year’s NYE countdown in Singapore’s Marina Bay is going to be magical

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The new year will be ushered in by a spectacular six-minute midnight firework display set up in a linear configuration across a larger area of the bay for the first time. Source: Shutterstock

If you’re ushering in the new year in Singapore, you can look forward to light shows, hourly fireworks, and a host of other activities during the Marina Bay Countdown 2018.

According to Channel News Asia, more 350,000 people are expected to turn up for the countdown, the largest one ever to be held in the city-state.

The organisers, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), said the Marina Bay and the Civic District are set to transform into a spectacular countdown celebration venue, decked out in beautiful light projection shows and firework displays, to usher in 2018.

From Dec 26 to 31, the facade of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore will be transformed into a canvas for light projection displays.

Designed to the theme of the countdown – “Bay of Hopes and Dreams” – the light projection show will illustrate the journey of the “Fullerton Postmaster Bears” overcoming challenges in a light-hearted storyline. The five-minute facade shows will take place half-hourly from 8pm nightly, the organiser said in a statement.

In between each light projection show, the public can also look forward to the display of selected New Year wishes on the hotel façade, the URA said.

Joining in the light projection spectacle for the first time, the Merlion and ArtScience Museum will also see a spectrum of projected patterns and colours dance across their facades. Synchronised with the façade show at The Fullerton Hotel, the light projection shows on the Merlion and ArtScience Museum will be shown from Dec 29 to 31.

A synchronised display of festive lighting by buildings around Marina Bay will add to the visual showcase through the night. Source: Shutterstock

The URA said a visual extravaganza awaits the public on New Year’s Eve as they will be treated to one-minute firework displays punctuating each hourly light projection show for the first time.

In the minutes leading up to midnight, a final facade show will lead up to a special countdown sequence that invites everyone around the bay to collectively countdown to the arrival of the New Year.

The new year will be ushered in by a spectacular six-minute midnight firework display set up in a linear configuration across a larger area of the bay for the first time, bringing the fireworks closer to revellers around the bay for an enhanced viewing experience, the URA said. Accompanying the fireworks is music specially choreographed by local composer and music producer Bang Wenfu.

A synchronised display of festive lighting by buildings around Marina Bay will add to the visual showcase through the night. The five-minute displays of purple, blue and white façade lighting will be shown twice hourly from 8pm until midnight.

“The Marina Bay Singapore Countdown has been a signature countdown event for over a decade, bringing vibrancy to the precinct,” URA Chief Executive Officer Lim Eng Hwee said.

“Together with our community of partners, we hope the multi-sensory experience this year will continue to fill everyone’s hearts with joy and hope for the New Year. We welcome everyone to join us at the heart of our city to usher in the New Year together.”