1. Countdown on New Year’s Eve at Marina Bay
Check out the fireworks and concert (usually international band). Take the mrt to Raffles Place station and watch the Countdown there, or to the floating platform at the Esplanade station. For 2015, spectacular celebrations coming up for SG50, when we celebrate our Jubilee.
2. Walk around Chinatown for light-up in January (Chinese New Year) and August (Mid-Autumn Festival)
Take the NEL line and alight at Chinatown station. Have a foot massage. Walk along the night markets. Buy some traditional Chinese medicine. Place your bets with the various Chinese chess players passing time with their buddies. During Chinese New Year, there’s a flower market, where you can purchase pots of plants like chrysanthemum and other auspicious flowers to decorate your place. Stalls abound with Chinese sweets and snacks to serve your guests. During Chinese New Year, the light-up displays the Chinese animal zodiac that’s celebrated for the year. Snake year was 2013, Horse 2014, Goat 2015. During the mid-autumn festival, the light display usually feature flowers and lanterns.
3. Orchard Road Light-up in December
Alight at any station: Somerset, Orchard Road, Doby Ghaut and just walk along Orchard road. The road light-up and displays in front of the Shopping Malls are a real treat. Shopping Malls compete to put up interesting displays to attract customers. My favourite goes to Tanglin Mall. Which department store has your favourite display. Tis the season to be jolly. Put on your training gears and just walk.
4. Museum Nights on Fridays till 9pm
Discounted tickets for tourists from 7pm-9pm. Free for Singaporeans and PRs (anytime).
5. River Nights at Asian Civilisation Museum in July.
6. Singapore Night Festival in the Bugis,Bras Brasah District last two weekends in August. Museums are open till 2am. Night performances along different junctions. Check the website for schedule.
7. Formula 1 Night race in September
Need I say more? Get your tickets and don’t miss the concerts. Jenifer Lopez was here for 2014.
8. Walk around Little India
Anytime of the year, especially in October when Indians celebrate Deepavali or Diwali.
9. Singapore Light Festival at Marina Bay (once every 2 years)
10. Gardens by the Bay
Daily Lightshow (10mins) at the Supertree Grove, 7.45pm and 8.45pm. Admission is free. Gardens close at 2am, and open at 5am. Have some local food at open-air Satay by the Bay and enjoy the bottle trees and seabreeze. Admission fee applies to the Garden Domes.
10. Singapore Night Safari
World’s first safari park for nocturnal animals. Safe place to bring young children. Opens at around 730pm till midnight. Compound has a romantic feel with soft lighting, and animals seem to walk very close to you without sight of cages. You are walking in their natural habitat. Catch the show timings if you must. Return in the daytime for the River Safari. I brought my eleven year old niece, and she demanded to sit on the river cruise twice. Incidentally, her school brought her on a overnight stay at the Night Safari – which was screamingly fun.
11. Star-gazing at the Science Centre Observatory
Last Fridays of the month, except in certain months like June and December.
This is one of the items on my bucket list.
12. Birds eye view of Singapore night scene at Mt Faber
Take the NEL or Circle line to Vivocity and (I) walk up Mt Faber, (ii) cycle (iii) cable car from Harborfront (iv) taxi ride (v) bus ride from Vivocity.
Have a drink at the Faber Peak and buy tickets for the cable car ride. The spectacular view is free. Mt Faber is just next to Sentosa.
13. Puma Night Run in November 2014
14. Jubilee Walk
Bridge connecting Merlion Park and waterfront park will be ready in November 2015!
[PS. List is getting too long, and I’ve not even covered Geylang, Malay Village, Shopping in Orchard Road, Sentosa, theatres, restaurants, pubs, discos, cinemas. In short, there’s lots to do at night, minus the heat.]