Monday, December 28, 2015

What you need to know about this year Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2016

Hopeful Hearts and Endless Possibilities for our Future

The 11th edition of Marina Bay Singapore Countdown will be the largest in Singapore, jointly organised by Esplanade – Theatres by the Bay and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).

For the first time, the 8 minutes long fireworks display span the entire Marina Bay accompanied by a rousing original score composed by a young music director Julian Wong. There will be more viewing locations for the public especially with the opening of the Jubilee Bridge this year.

Mr Benson Puah, CEO, the Esplanade Co Ltd said “Last year, we reflected on our journey and celebrated our achievements over the past 50 years. With the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2016, we start a new chapter in the Singapore story by coming together as a nation and imagining the possibilities that the future holds, We hope to capture the excitement and anticipation of looking ahead, wishing earnestly and dreaming big. We invite everyone to join us in this spirit and together ring in the New Year amidst joy and festivity in this place we have all come to know and love as home.”

Mr. Ng Lang, CEO, URA, said, “The Marina Bay Singapore Countdown has now firmly established itself as a key event on Singapore’s calendar, where the community comes together to welcome the New Year. This is the first post-SG50 event. Join us to make our collective best wishes for the brighter future for Singapore.”

Wishing Spheres

The wishing spheres are installed in Marina Bay which are penned by members of the public since mid-November at the 21 wishing stations around the island. It will be lit from 26 to 31 December. The visual wishing spheres will represent the collective wishes of residents and visitors for Singapore’s future. In addition, netizens and Singaporeans overseas can also make virtual wishes at

3D Projection

From 26 to 31 December, a special projection show on the façade of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore which depict the dynamism and vibrancy of the future of Singapore, whilst remaining anchored in images that capture our identity as a nation, from shophouses to HDB flats to lush tropical landscapes. On New Year’s Eve, the public can look forward to the final showcase beginning at 11.55pm that culminates in a countdown to midnight, followed immediately by the firework display.

Here are the timings

26 to 30 December 2015, 8.15pm, 9.15pm, 10.15pm and 11.15pm nightly;

31 December 2015, 8pm, 9pm, 10pm, 11pm

Location: Fullerton Hotel Singapore

The Interior of the Fullerton Hotel

Events around the Bay
Both ticketed and non-ticketed Esplanade events are available. There is something for everyone. Free entry. They are located at Esplanade Concourse, Outdoor Theatre and other locations around Esplanade for the Esplanade’s Celebrate December music programmes.

Marina Waterfront Bazaar – Public can enjoy a festive shopping on 31 December 2015 3pm-3am. Check out the details at Location : Marina Bay waterfront promenade. Free Entry.

MediaCorp Celebrate 2016 - Star-studded ensemble of local artistes as well as international superstar Adam Lambert will be there to entertain the public in the biggest countdown event of the year. More information at
Time: 31 December 2015 8pm to 3am
Location: The Float@Marina Bay
Entry: $168, $88, $38

The annual Marina Bay Singapore Countdown Photo Competition with the theme “A Brighter Future. Participants can submit photos capturing the various highlights of the countdown celebration that depict this theme and stand a chance to win attractive prizes sponsored by Tigerair. Winning entries will be showcased in a digital exhibition on Suntec Singapore’s The Big Picture and The Nicoll Corner Screen in 2016. Find out more at

There are also online contest. Public are invited to like and follow the Marina Bay Facebook and 
Instagram account and participate in weekly contests to stand a chance to win amazing prizes. 

Here are some of the Interesting Facts to take note

  • 20,000 wishing spheres on the Bay.
  • 121 participating schools and VWOs
  • Approximately 500,000 wishes collected
  • 21 wishing stations around the island
  • The maximum height of fireworks is 200 metres
  • No. of shell varieties is 45 types of effects
  • Special fireworks varieties and designs to look forward to this year - Scrambling sky comets and mines, multi break shells with tails.
  • No. of shells fired : 1966 shells, 853 comets, 722 mines, 323 candles, 89 multi-shot plates. 

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