Marina Bay Carnival Is Back - 4 Awesome Reasons Why You Should Be Excited


Faruq Senin •  Dec 20, 2018

It's only a few days till we usher in the new year and what better way to celebrate it than with some fun and games? Yes, we're talking about Singapore's biggest funfair - the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival!

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For those of you who've been feeling down since the carnival ended earlier this year, you'd be pleased to know that the carnival is opening this Saturday (22 Dec 2018)! And it'll last all the way till 24 Mar 2019? That's almost 4 months of endless fun for you and your loved ones. Here are some things you can look forward to:

1. Exciting (and new!) rides

This year's carnival will feature more than 50 carnival rides and games from Europe and around the world. The best part is, there's something for everyone from thrilling to family-friendly rides!

One of the new rides that you won't want to miss out on is the Wave Swinger. Originating in Italy, it's the first time that this ride is making an appearance in Southeast Asia. In case you're wondering what it's all about, the seats are suspended from a beautifully-painted roof using chains and you'll be swung for a few rounds. While screaming your lungs out in excitement, you might just want to take a closer look at the roof which has murals of Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands?

Credit: Prudential Marina Bay Carnival on Facebook

If you're missing last year's rides, don't worry as crowd favourites like Das Fun Schiff (swinging viking ship), Star Flyer and the hair-raising Mach 5 will be making their return too☺️ Not to mention the plenty of game booths that'll be set up so you can collect as many adorable plushies as you can!

2. Fast pass

Yes, you read that right! One of the carnival's new features this year is the Fast Pass. With so many people visiting the carnival especially on weekends and holidays, you won't want to waste the bulk of your time just by queuing up for the rides.

Credit: Prudential Marina Bay Carnival on Facebook

Entrance to the carnival is free but you'll still have to pay for the rides so why not get the Fast Pass instead? It costs $30 per person and you'll be given a special wrist tag which allows you to skip the queues at selected rides. Now, that's one way to enjoy the carnival without the hassle of waiting?

3. Extended opening hours

Still no plans for Christmas or New Year's Eve? Then make your way to the Marina Bay Carnival instead! Opening hours are extended till 2am on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve so you can have all the fun you want. Imagine being on the Star Flyer and watching the New Year fireworks. That's one experience you won't want to miss!

Credit: Prudential Marina Bay Carnival on Facebook

P.S. Looking for more activities this December holidays? Check out our guide to the 10 best things to do if you're stuck in Singapore this season!

4. Yummy halal eats

Fun and games won't be complete without yummy halal eats. If you're feeling just a little bit hungry, head over to Sofnade for a satisfying meal. In case you're wondering, they are the stall which sold meatballs in a bucket at the Geylang Serai Bazaar in Ramadan. Now, you'd be able to savour their tantalising meatballs once again!

Credit: @sofnade on Instagram

One of the must-try is their Chicken Satay Meatballs. Their delicious meatballs are hand-rolled and then covered in yummy peanut sauce. They change up their menu every once in a while, so make sure you keep a lookout!

Credit: Sofnade on Facebook

Feeling thirsty from all the screaming and walking? Then get their milk teas or lemonades in a bucket, which are guaranteed to quench your thirst?

Halal status: Halal-certified

P.S. Meanwhile, if you're looking for more halal food options, do check out our guide on halal food near Singapore’s top attractions!

So, no need to rack your brains on where to go this weekend! Time to visit the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival for an evening of fun and excitement with your loved ones?

Prudential Marina Bay Carnival 

Where: Bayfront Event Space, Marina Bay

When: 22 Dec 18 – 24 Mar 19, 4pm – 11pm (extended to 2am on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve)

Admission fee: Free but the fee for rides apply

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