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A to Z guide : Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2013

Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2013

2012 is almost coming to an end.
That can mean only 1 thing...

The biggest countdown party in Singapore is upon us!
To assist you in everything you need to know about this mega event, we present to you the A to Z guide to Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2013.

About Marina Bay Singapore (MBS) Countdown 2013
MBS Countdown is Singapore signature countdown event. It is a joint production by Esplanade and URA, the development agency of Marina Bay. Started since 2005, it promises a hybrid of pre countdown fringe event and a spectacular 8 minutes long fireworks to heralded the new year. Expect a crowd of more than 300 000 comprising of locals and tourists. It is the biggest event in Singapore calender!

Bus and Train Schedules

To complement the extension of the train operating hours, the last bus timings of 29 selected bus services - 51A, 60A, 63M, 97, 133, 181, 222, 225G, 228, 229, 232, 238, 240, 241, 243G, 261, 269, 282, 291, 292, 293, 315, 325, 333, 334, 358, 359, 400 and 410W - will also be extended at their respective bus interchanges.
In addition, the six Nite Owl services will be extended to operate until 4.00am instead of 2.00am.
There will also be a change in the operating hours of 11 services - 10e, 14e, 30e, 74e, 89e, 97e, 128, 151e, 174e, 196e and 513 - which will not be operating during evening peak hours, given that offices will be closed earlier. However, these services will operate from between 1.00pm to 2.00pm instead.

On the North East Line, the last train in the direction of HarbourFront will depart Punggol Station at 1.45am, Serangoon Station at 1.56am, Dhoby Ghaut Station at 2.09am and Outram Park Station at 2.14am.
The last train towards Punggol will leave HarbourFront Station at 2.16am, Outram Park Station at 2.19am, Dhoby Ghaut Station at 2.25am and Serangoon Station at 2.37am.
Services on the Punggol and Sengkang LRT systems will also be extended to coincide with the last train arrivals on the North East Line. The last train on the Sengkang LRT will depart the Town Centre Station at 2.51am while the last train on the Punggol LRT will leave the Town Centre at 2.54am.

Celebrate 2013 by Mediacorp Channel

The Float @ Marina Bay
31 Dec 2012, Mon, 7.30pm–3am

Join the biggest countdown party at the float @ Marina Bay
Regional acts like Korean hip hop act M.I.B, and Malaysia’s multi-talented diva Sheila Majid. Together with the international cast of award-winning musical Jersey Boys, Singaporean-Korean K-pop girl group SKarf, and a star-studded lineup of homegrown talents. This includes regional sensation Taufik Batisah, John Klass and his band The Professionals, and young artistes such as rapper ShiGGa Shay, indie band The Sam Willows, pop/hip-hop duo Trick, and contemporary rock band Brandon Lee. They’ll be sharing their talent on The Float @ Marina Bay. Celebrate 2013 will wow audiences with spectacular and exciting musical performances to ring in the New Year.

Tickets are priced at S$25 and are available at www.sistic.com.sg
20% Discount for Group Purchase (5 or more tickets)
10 % Discount for Student and NSF
50% Discount for children 12 years and below and Senior Citizens

Downtown bites
Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade
31 Dec 2012, Mon, 5pm–2am

Fill your midnight hunger pangs and quench your thirst at the ‘Downtown Bites @ MBLM’ – Four Seasons Gourmet Market, Fruit Frolic, Munch, Salad Stop!, Eskimo, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, The Rotisserie.


Fringe activities leading to the Countdown include
  • "Skydancing by GOFLYKITE" at NYE Countdown Party 2012
More details avalaible here

The 8 minute long fireworks music score is written by Cultural Medallion winner, musician and composer Mr Iskandar Ismail, and it showcases strong Southeast Asian influences including traditional musical instruments such as the erhu (Sunny Wong), suona (Liu Jiang), Malay percussion instruments (Riduan Zalani) and Indian flute (Rajandra s/o Vadivale).

The fireworks choreography, designed in tandem with the music, has three high level firing sites to represent the northern and southern hemispheres, separated by the equator. Watch as 200-metre low level fireworks weave together with water to form a visually stunning "Giant Wave".

Those who are not present at Marina Bay can join in the celebration which will be broadcast live on Channel NewsAsia and the music played on MediaCorp radio station Symphony 92.4FM.

GoFlykite Skydancing
The Promontory@Marina Bay
31 Dec 2012, Mon, 10pm – 1am, Free admission

GoFlyKite marries the principles of remote-controlled planes with the feather-light materials of kites and LED lights to produce a uniquely Singaporean invention. Watch in awe as these revolutionary kites soar over the Marina Bay waterfront, creating colourful configurations and bringing with them, your aspirations for 2013!

For a sneak peek, see our experiences at GoFlyKite.

Happy 3+65 A NYE Countdown Party
The Promotory@Marina Bay
31 Dec 2012, Mon, 10pm – 1am, Free admission

Welcome 2013 with Republic of Pop! This music event that is all “Made in Singapore” aims to celebrate the success of local music artistes who have achieved recognition in 2012. Be enthralled by the melodious performances by Singapore’s emerging talents such as Vanessa Faith, Cheryl Wee, Shimona Kee, Siti Zahidah and more!

Iskandar Ismail
He is known as a culture medallion winner, musician and composer. He is also the chief composer of the music score for the fireworks and the man of the night. Watch the fireworks come alive with his magical music blend with traditional musical instruments to create a Southeast Asia flavour for the Fireworks

Jubilation mode.
Time to put on your dancing shoes and celebrate all the way through the night. Remember to be responsible as well. Don't drink and drink or create a riot for the night. You want to party hard with hundreds thousands of people, not away in a cell with yourself.

K-pop acts at Celebrate 2013
Kpop has landed in Singapore with the M.I.B bringing a bit of gangnam style closer to home. Singaporean-korean Skarf will also be performing. Catch the Kpop action at Celebrate 2013

The main locations for pre countdown activities would be Esplanade Waterfront, The Float @ Marina Bay, The Promontory@ Marina Bay. Nevertheless there are a wide selection of spaces for you to view the fireworks for the night. See listings on V.

MRT locations
Main stations around the Bay for different locations
  • Esplanade : For Esplanade and the Float @ Marina Bay
  • Marina Bay : For Lawn @ Marina Bay, The Promontory@ Marina Bay, Waterfront Promenade.
  • Raffles Place :One Raffles Place, Clifford Square
  • Promenade :Youth Olympic Park, The Float@ Marina Bay
  • Bayfront : Marina Bay Sands
  • City Hall : The Padang, Esplanade

New year , new resolutions
Have you fulfil the resolutions for 2012?
How about making new ones for 2013!

OSIM - Official prize sponsor of Marina Bay Singapore Countdown photo competition

With the huge crowd, expect limited parking spaces. If you intend to be there early, there is still a possibility that you may get a spot. Otherwise consider public transport.
Parking is available at the following spots
Esplanade , One Fullerton, Raffles City , Marina Square, Marina Bay Sands, The Sail, One Raffles Quay, Golden Shoe.

Expect long long queues in restaurants. Be there early for dinner. Better still, pack a picnic bag and a mat to beat the crowds. Leave the strollers at home and expect human traffic jams at various junctions.

Rythms by the Bay
Marina bay Waterfront Promenade
31 Dec 2012, Mon, 5pm - 7pm, Free admission

Rhythms by the Bay is a series of free performances and concerts taking place on the last Saturday of every month at the Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade. In conjunction with the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2013, the December edition of Rhythms by the Bay had been specially scheduled on 31 Dec 2012, Monday, instead to add on to the many other exciting activities happening at Marina Bay on New Year’s Eve. The line-up for the evening includes percussion band from ITE College West, symphonic band from Temasek Polytechnic and acoustic live band from FM Pop Music School.

Survial Tips for the night (especially for kids)
  • Camera : For the fireworks. Don't forget the tripod!
  • Drinks : You will get thirsty!
  • iPhone iPads or any other entertainment devices : For the long wait for the fireworks
  • Picnic basket and mats : To fill the stomach
  • Train and bus schedule : To get your ride back, especially if you would like to stay longer for the night.
  • Toilets : It may be a long wait, so make sure there is a toilet around just in case
  • A-z guide from TheWackyDuo.com - Print this guide for your easy reference to MBS countdown 2013
Traffic advisory
There will be road closures as well as bus diversion during the evening of MB countdown.
The schedules are as follows

Road Closure will be around the Bay from as early as 10pm to 2 am the next morning.
For a quick guide you can refer to the illustration attached.

For the fulll list, refer to onemotoring.sg

On the same day, 14 services - 10, 36, 56, 57, 70M, 97, 100, 111, 130, 131, 133, 162M, 195 and 196 - as well as the six Nite Owl services will be affected by road closures for the event.
As a result, they will skip the following bus stops from the evening of 31 December to 1.30am on Tuesday, 1 January 2013:

Road Name
Bus Stop Description
Affected Services
Bayfront Ave03501 Marina Bay Sands Theatre11.30pm
97, 133
03511 Marina Bay Sands MICE
Collyer Quay03019 OUE Bayfront6.00pm
10, 57, 100, 130, 131, 196
Connaught Drive02029 Opp S'pore Cricket Club11.30pm
100, 130, 131
Esplanade Drive02111 Esplanade Bridge10, 57, 196
Fullerton Road02011 Victoria Concert Hall100, 130, 131
03011 Fullerton Square10, 57, 100, 130, 131, 196
Marina Boulevard03381 The Sail9.00pm
03391 Marina Bay Financial Centre
Raffles Ave02051 Seating Gallery6.00pm
36, 56, 70M, 97, 111, 133, 162M, 195, Nite Owl services
02061 The Esplanade
Temasek Ave02171 Opp The Ritz Carlton11.30pm
36, 70M, 97, 111, 133, 162M

Usoffa Runway

Top prize by OSIM for the best photo for the photo competition. Get your lens ready!

Vantage points to view the fireworks for New Year Eve @ Marina Bay
The areas around Marina Bay provides a unique viewpoint for fireworks. We had seen fireworks at Marina Bay from One Fullerton and it was gorgeous.

Fireworks@ Marina Bay

Around Marina Bay
1 Esplanade Promenade
Center of the performing arts. The Esplanade is probably the most crowded area for fireworks. Be there as early as 8pm to get your spot.

2 Merlion Park
Singapore iconic attraction is located in this tourist hotspot. Near the launch area and for those who wants to be as close to the action as possible

3 One Fullerton
A popular place for fine dining. It has a linear footpath outside the restaurant and probably a busy one for the night. Great place for capturing MBS and Singapore Flyer as your background. Might get a bit crowded due to the limited space to walk.

4 Clifford Pier
Smaller compared to One Fullerton. The open space in between Clifford Pier and One Fullerton should provide you with a vantage point to view the fireworks.

5 The Promontory@ Marina Bay and The Lawn@ Marina Bay
Catch the Happy 3+65 performances at The Promontory@Marina Bay. For more elbow space and a great view, this should be the area to be in. If you want a perfect picnic spot, The Lawn@ Marina Bay would be one. Lastly if you happen to work in MBFC with a view of Marina Bay, consider going back to the office to catch the Fireworks at a different perspective!

6 Waterfront Promenade
The Boardwalk all the way through to Marina Bay Sands would be a good spot for fireworks. It is also a good spot for those who wish to do some last minute shopping at MBS before the year ends.

7 The Helix Bridge

The award winning bridge between MBS and Marina South. Be there early if you would like to use one of the 5 extended platform for a better view.

8 Youth Olympic Park
A smallish park next to The Float@ Marina Bay . The viewpoint would be similar to what you would get on The Float@Marina Bay.

Fireworks @ Marina Bay Map

Other Areas
A Gardens By the Bay
MBS will be in the foreground instead of background. Enjoy the serenity of nature while you are there.

B Marina Barrage
Similar to Gardens. On elevated ground, you can even capture the Singapore Flyer and the City Skyline in your photos. Great spot for picnic as well.

C Bay East Garden
A less quiet alternative, but never the less anticipate a crowd. Best place for a wide lens camera as you can capture Gardens by the Bay, MBS, Singapore Flyer, the city skyline and the Fireworks all in one place.

D F1 Pit Lane
Near the Singapore Flyer. This is also a great spot to get up close and personal with the spectacular fireworks display.

* Remember your tripods if you intend to catch the fireworks in action! If you think you have a great photo, submit it to the photography contest at MB Singapore Countdown

What are you grateful for?
Esplanade Waterfront

Filmed by SUPER studio
Specially commissioned by Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2013

A 4-part film titled What are you grateful for ? This is about how ordinary people's lives have been changed by gratitude. It shows the different perspectives of people involved in the Countdown in one way or another. The film will also feature short interviews with people on the street about what gratitude means to them.

Esplanade Outdoor Theatre program for New Year Countdown
X marks the spot. Get your spot early for the night!
Our spot will be at the Esplanade Waterfront. Say hi if you spot us!

Year 2013- we are counting down to it, just in case you are wondering.

Take a nap during the day so you can be awake for the countdown party!

See you at the Countdown!

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