Where to See Singapore's Spectacular Light Shows

Merlion overlooking a lightshow
Merlion overlooking a lightshow | © Khairul Nizam/Flickr
Sadali Mawi

When the sun sets, Singapore’s skyline transforms into a light-and-sound extravaganza. If you’re travelling to Singapore any time soon, look out for these spectacular light shows at famous landmarks like Marina Bay and Sentosa.

Light shows in Marina Bay

We have all seen stock images of Marina Bay, but what about its electrifying light shows that wash over the city when the sun goes down? These futuristic laser shows were part of a nightly light-and-sound show presented by Marina Bay Sands in 2012, to the delight of tourists, locals, and photographers.

Green Laser Shower
Blue laser show in Marina Bay
Light and water show at Marina Bay Sands

‘Spectra’ light show by the Bay

Nicknamed ‘Spectra’, this newly-added light show consists of colourful light projections on mists, which are artfully choreographed to a relaxing orchestral soundtrack produced by Singaporean music producer Kenn C. Each show lasts for 15 minutes, so get ready to be wowed (and brave the crowd).

Colourful mist show by the bay
Merlion overlooking a light show

Fireworks by the Bay

During large-scale events like New Year’s Day and National Day, the sky lights up with an elaborate firework display – a customary and visual treat to celebrate special national occasions. While the costs of fireworks are rarely disclosed, mega-events like the National Day in 2016 took place to the tune of $39.4 million, driving some locals to question if the grand display is even worth it at all.

Fireworks at Marina Bay

Art installations

While Marina Bay is a perfect location for fireworks and lasers, others opt for a more subdued approach, designing light installations that use the city as a canvas. Singapore hosts large-scale art festivals like i Light Marina Bay, which invites local and international artists to showcase their work and light up the city.

Artistic projections on Artscience Museum
Colourful squid installations
Hued soap bubbles at Marina Bay

Light attractions in Sentosa

Not to be forgotten, Sentosa also has its fair share of light attractions which take place every night. If you happen to be in Siloso Beach and spot fireworks at night, those could be part of the Wings of Time, a ticketed show that mixes water, light, and sound to create a complete magical experience.

Another novel light show worth seeing is the ‘Crane Dance’, where two mechanical cranes share the tale of love and transforms into birds midway through. Catch the show at the Waterfront every day at 8pm (admission is free).

Spectacular Crane Dance in Sentosa
Dramatic Fireworks in Sentosa

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