The most popular month for tourists visiting Singapore is probably December, as this is the peak travel season for many countries and the weather is generally warm and sunny. December is also when many festivals and events take place, such as the Orchard Road Christmas Light-Up and the New Year’s Eve countdown at Marina Bay area.
The Orchard Road Christmas Light-up is an annual event in the run-up to Christmas. It typically begins in late November and runs through the first week of January. Exact dates for the event may vary from year to year. During this time, Orchard Road is lit up with spectacular Christmas decorations making it a popular place for visitors and locals to enjoy the year end holidays and Christmas season.
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Photo credit: Choo Yut Shing
This event is traditionally one of the most popular and iconic Christmas Light-up in Southeast Asia and attracts many visitors from the regions during this period of time, so it’s a good idea to book your accommodation and air-ticket as early as possible.
The New Year’s Eve Countdown at Marina Bay in Singapore is an annual event held on the month of December to welcome the New Year, the official name of the event is “Marina Bay Singapore Countdown (MBSC)”. The government of Singapore even dedicated a website to showcase the various fun activities and sharing the exact fireworks display spot with detailed map. Visit this official government website for details:
Don’t mistakenly think it’s a one-day event, in reality it’s a month of celebrations beginning in December. Come down to the Marina Bay area to experience activities such as The Great Cirque de Cascades, Ice Magic: The Great Fantasy on Ice, The Great World Carnival by Uncle Ringo and The Great Food Fiesta. Tickets are sold separately.
On the very last day of the year, December 31, the countdown activities usually begins in the evening and features fireworks, live music and a variety of food and drinks. The main attraction is the fireworks display, which lights up Marina Bay and is one of the most spectacular in Southeast Asia. The event is free and open to the public and usually attracts a large crowd, so get there early to secure a good spot.
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The area is easily accessible by public transportation as there are several MRT stations nearby. To go to the Marina Bay area by MRT, take the Down-Town Line or Circle Line to the Bayfront MRT Station (DT16). From there, you can access the Marina Bay Sands, the Merlion, Esplanade , ArtScience Museum, Helix bridge and other popular attractions in the area. Additionally, the Downtown MRT Station(DT17) is also nearby. Both stations are within walking distance of the Marina Bay area.
Other popular travel months to Singapore are June and July, when the Great Singapore Sale (GSS) is held. The Great Singapore Sale (GSS) is an annual sales event usually held during the months of June and July. During this time, many retailers in Singapore offer discounts and sales on a wide range of products, including luxury bags, high-end watches, clothing, electronics and household goods. The event is organized by the Singapore Retailers Association and is designed to attract both local and international shoppers to Singapore. The GSS is a great opportunity to grab bargains and discounts on a wide range of products.
Many visitors will also be drawn to Singapore in September, when the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix is held.
The Singapore Grand Prix is a Formula One race held annually in Singapore. The first Singapore Grand Prix was held in 2008 and is one amongst a multitude of Formula One night races. The race takes place on a street circuit that circles Marina Bay, passing landmarks such as the Merlion, Esplanade, Helix bridge, Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Flyer.
The Singapore Grand Prix is usually held in September, always on the second weekend of the month. The race runs over three days, with practice and qualifying taking place on Friday and Saturday, and the main race being held on Sunday evening. The race is known for its challenging street circuit and spectacular lighting and pyrotechnic displays.
The race is a major event on the Singapore calendar and draws thousands of people to the city from all over the world. It’s also a popular event for tourists as it offers a unique opportunity to see the city from a different angle and experience Singapore from a different perspective.
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Singapore is a popular destination all year round and you can expect a good mix of tourists no matter when you visit. However, in certain peak season, the crowds are bigger, prices for accommodations and flights are higher, and it’s harder to find a room.