For residents and anyone planning a trip to the Lion City over Chinese New Year, the spectacular fireworks display by the River Hong Bao between 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm on Friday (February 8th) and Saturday (February 9th),  just before midnight are a must-see. The waters of the bay reflect the exploding colours overhead, with Singapore’s iconic cityscape the backdrop for the many revellers crowding the streets, bridges and balconies for the best views.

For those thinking of booking a room to relax as we enter the Year of the Snake, Marina Bay Sands is tempting if just for the SkyPark.  It’s lounges at sunset are hard to resist. For a small fee, the adjacent observation deck shares a similar panorama. The outdoor Event Plaza also offers a theatrical view, without charge.

Visitors to Marina Bay Sands will also be rewarded with the new Sands Rewards LifeStyle programme giving away $500,000 worth of destination dollars to 400 winners in the Prosperity with Style promotion running through the period to Sunday, February 10.  No Lunar New Year is complete without lion dance performances. Many can be seen prowling around The Shoppes the same Sunday, though it is likely visitors will hear them before they pounce.

There are themed events and activities all around the city too, so it is worth checking out the action and hotel rates not just at Marina Bay Sands, but also the The Fullerton Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Millenia, Marina Mandarin and others located near the river.  Wego compares them all at