City News rounds up four of the top spots to usher in 2011.
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Esplanade Waterfront and Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade—thanks to the completion of key developments such as the Marina Bay Sands, Fullerton Heritage and the opening of new public spaces and infrastruction, namely The Helix Bridge and the Youth Olympic Park, the Marina Bay SINGAPORE Countdown 10/11 will featue more vantage points around the Bay where countdown revelers can take in the spectacular fireworks. As with previous years, 20,000 wishing spheres will be set afloat in Marina Bay to form a spectacular visual arts display.
Or take things a notch higher—literally, at the Jewel Box on Mount Faber. The much-anticipated Sky Symphony Countdown will usher in the New Year with its German fireworks display, the colors and lights of which will “dance” in synchrony with music, all against the backdrop of a night sky anchored on panoramic views of the harbor and city skyline. Open to all dining guests of restaurants at the Jewel Box.
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If high explosive pyrotechnic displays are not your cuppa, put on your dancing shoes and head over to Clarke Quay to join in the celebratory scene. Hosted by radio and theater personalities Daniel Ong and Jacqueline Chow, the POPLICIOUS countdown party will have you grooving to the riffs of rock band Energy’s live performance, doing double-takes on the gravity-defying stunts of the B-Boys Battle, as well as joining in the beats of Singapore’s pioneering beat-boxer, Dharni. Arty types can check out the graffiti showcase by the ever envelope-pushing Anthony (ANTZ) Chong, who has been involved in multiple high-profile campaigns for Nike, Tiger Translate, Ministry of Sound (Singapore) and MTV Asia, among others. From 10 p.m. till late at the Central Fountain Square. Free admission.
Usher in the new amid the old—artifacts, that is, at the Asian Civilisations Museum (1 Empress Place, +65 6332 2982), which is opening up its doors for free on New Year’s Eve from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. On top of its galleries, you can also catch high-energy performances and count down with fellow revelers along the Singapore River—yes, the firework displays over at the Marina Bay area will be visible from here as well.