Photo: STB

The Float, Marina Bay

This annual crowd-pleaser will take place at Marina Bay once more, with this year’s celebrations pulling out all the stops. A kaleidoscope of colour is set to illuminate the Marina Bay skyline with fireworks, snazzy pyrotechnics, dazzling lights, and immersive sounds. From 25 to 30 December 2023, there will also be a Star Island prequel at the MBS Event Plaza, including pop-up stalls and family-friendly activities. It’s gonna be a banger!
 The Float at Marina Bay, ​​20 Raffles Ave, 039805

New Year’s Eve Party at Universal Studios

Keep your little ones filled with festive magic here! A Universal Christmas at Universal Studios Singapore is always a next-level extravaganza as it transforms into Santa’s Spectacular Circus, featuring a parade, special live circus acts, acrobatics, meet and greets, themed photo booths and exciting rides.
 8 Sentosa Gateway, 098269

Kinki Restaurant + Bar

This stylish rooftop venue is a proper Singapore stalwart and the perfect place to soak up a party atmosphere on 31 December. Dine on their fabulous Japanese menu while witnessing the fireworks with top-notch views.
 #02-02 Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay, 049323

Siloso Beach Party

Siloso Beach Party has live performances, DJs, and non-stop music on this stretch of sand that turns into a gigantic dance floor. Revellers will need staying power for this one: the night-long bash doesn’t end until dawn on 1 January 2024. Siloso Beach, Sentosa


LeVel33 go for it every new year. While the theme for 2023 is yet to be announced, you can bet it’s going to involve plenty of fun and sparkle. Enjoy fine dining, plenty of drinks, and a breathtaking vista.
 8 Marina Blvd, #33 – 01, Tower 1, 018981

For the ravers!

Produced by the same producers of Coachella (which means it’s cool!), Zoukout Singapore returns to Siloso Beach for its 20th edition on 2 and 3 December 2023. Get sand in your toes from sunset to sunrise at this iconic electronic music festival which promises music, dance and culture against the backdrop of the beach.
 Siloso Beach, Sentosa

Art is life

Even if you don’t know Yip Yew Chong, you’ll certainly know his art.Adorning many walls around the island, this local artist’s work keeps Singaporean heritage alive through lovely images of everyday life. A new book, The Art of Joy: The Journey of Yip Yew Chong authored by Woon Tai Ho is out on 18 November, and not only showcases Yip Yew’s art, but also gives an insight into the life and mind of the man himself. Yip Yew also has an art exhibition from 30 November – 1 January 2024 at Raffles City Convention Centre.
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The Write Stuff

This year’s Singapore Writer’s Festival (SWF) comes with the theme “Plot Twist” and seeks to present the unexpected. Speakers range from cult academics and cartoonists, to best-selling authors and feminist critics, and festival-goers are invited to unpack unfamiliar themes through immersive programmes. One highlight is the session 50 Years of Bars, Flows and Beats which delves into hip-hop culture and features rappers, musicians, and cultural historians in action. 

17 – 26 November. The Arts House and other venues