SINGAPORE - Looking to usher in the new year with either a crowd of 20,000 or only a loved one?
The Straits Times susses out New Year's Eve celebrations from glide-spashing at an ice-skating foam party to watching performances by Singapore's Stefanie Sun and K-pop group BigBang.
THE BIG PARTIES
THE FANTASY COUNTDOWN: ZOUK NYE 2014
What: Every party-goer worth their stripes here has spent at least one New Year's Eve at iconic nightclub Zouk. This year, party to high-energy dance anthems by Dutch progressive house DJ Quintino in the club's sci-fi-meets-fantasy bash. Quintino, a familiar face on the international dance music scene, will be supported by Zouk resident DJ Hong. Gear up for an epic countdown with plenty of confetti.
Where: Zouk, 17 Jiak Kim Street
When: From 10pm
Price: $40 at the door (includes two standard drinks); minimum age to enter is 18 years
SENTOSA SILOSO BEACH PARTY 2014
What: If beach parties are your thing, head down to Siloso Beach for a dusk-till-dawn celebration across several five locations along the strip: Azzura, Mambo Beach Club, Wave House Sentosa, Coastes, Bikini Bar and Sand Bar.
Now in its eighth year, around 20,000 party-goers are expected at this beach shindig.
At the main stage, the likes of Swiss DJ-producer Mike Candys and Singapore's own Tinc and Funky T spin trance, electrohouse and progressive house tunes. Chill by the poolside with DJs Ollie'des, Jensen and Jenni-F, or get wild at a foam party with your friends.
Where: Sentosa Siloso Beach
When: 6pm to 6am
Price: $68 per ticket (includes one drink); Group package at $300 for six tickets. VIP tickets at $98 (includes three drinks, priority queue and entry to VIP lounge)
Info: www.silosobeachparty.com; minimum age of 18
MARINA BAY SINGAPORE COUNTDOWN 2015
What: Anchoring the countdown activities around the bay is the official countdown presented by the Urban Redevelopment Authority and Esplanade, Theatres on the Bay. Keeping with tradition, around 25,000 red and white "wishing spheres" will be set afloat in Marina Bay, bearing the hopes and aspirations of Singaporeans.
To celebrate the start of the country's golden jubilee, there will be an eight-minute fireworks display choreographed to a score composed by Singapore's Julian Wong and Riduan Zalani. A special segment of the music will feature close to 400 drummers, performing at the lower boardwalk in front of the Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza.
Where: Various locations around Marina Bay
MEDIACORP PRESENTS: CELEBRATE SG50
What: Marking the start of 2015, and Singapore's 50th year of independence, this seven-hour extravaganza showcases the best of local pop culture in the past half-century.
More than 60 local artists, including Rahimah Rahim, Stefanie Sun, Dick Lee, Kit Chan, indie band The Sam Willows and Singapore Idol winner Sezairi Sezali, will perform. Watch out for spectacular guest spots by famed Korean boyband Big Bang and Malaysian songbird Dato Siti Nurhaliza.
As always, this party gives you unrestricted view of the fireworks at the stroke of midnight.
Where: The Float @ Marina Bay
When: 7.30pm till late (dance party starts at 1.30am)
Price: $28, $68 from Sistic. $128 tickets sold out. Call 6348-5555 or go to www.sistic.com.sg
CELEBRATE WITH THE WORLD
What: Dance the night away with seven hours of non-stop entertainment.
From noon, a flea market and carnival activities set the mood for night-time revelry later.
Then, from 6.30pm, high-energy EDM DJ sets from Germany's DJ Ronski Speed and Thailand's DJ Lisa Bluestar, and Singapore model-DJ Nicole Chen take centre stage. Joining the party line-up is singer-songwriter Nic Lee from pop-rock group Mi Lu Bing, rapper-host Sheikh Haikel and a capella group Juz B, performing hit songs.
Where: The Promontory@ Marina Bay
When: From 6.30pm. Carnival from noon to 1am
Price: $10 (includes one drink and $5 Fish & Co voucher), $50 (includes five tickets, five drinks and $50 Fish & Co voucher). VIP table package at $388 (for five tickets, one bottle of Reyka vodka, 20 cans of Dester beer, one mixer and $100 Fish & Co voucher)
Info: www.celebratewiththeworld.com; no minimum age, but only those aged 18 and above are allowed to purchase alcoholic drinks