Your Ultimate Budget Plan To Celebrate Singapore’s National Day 2017

Your Ultimate Budget Plan To Celebrate Singapore’s National Day 2017

It’s Singapore’s 52nd birthday, and like every year before, we can expect nothing less of a grand celebration with plenty of family-friendly events.

If you’re one of the lucky ones to have gotten tickets for the National Day Parade, you’re in for a visual spectacle and overload of patriotism. If you haven’t, there are still a lot of things that you can do to bask in the glory of ‘Singaporeanism’.

What’s special about Singapore’s National Day 2017?

SG NDP 2017

This year’s theme is #OneNationTogether and there are quite a few ‘firsts’.  Fans of aerial fly-past can look forward to a signature bomb burst manoeuvre at the NDP that will feature two NS men in addition to regulars of the Singapore Air Force. F-15SG fighter jets, which are amongst the most advanced, will be used.

Another highlight, much to the benefit of parade fans who weren’t able to get tickets, is live-stream of the parade with YouTube.

With 360-degrees and Virtual Reality support, you can now view the parade from three cameras placed at The Float @ Marina Bay, and from the seating gallery and promenade and platform stage.

There will also be footage from the performer’s point of view, including the exciting skydiving section by the Red Lions.

Where to join in the fun?

Just because you didn’t get tickets to the NDP doesn’t mean that you need to miss out the fun.

Here’s where you go to get in on the action:

#1 NDP Fireworks 

NDP 2017 fireworks

No doubt, one of the most anticipated events of NDP every year is the dazzling fireworks show, and thankfully, you don’t need to be at the parade to get amazing views and photographs.

Make your way to these few spots early to get a good spot as these are well-known vantage points. The fireworks usually begin at about 8pm, so be there earlier.

  • Bay East Gardens at Gardens by the Bay
  • Marina Bay Sands Plaza
  • Merlion Park or Esplanade Bridge

Cost: Free!

If you want to enjoy the fireworks without jostling with the crowds and don’t mind splurging for a special night, try your luck with booking a table at one of these restaurants and rooftop bars with amazing views.

  • 1 Altitude
  • Forlino
  • Orgo
  • Zafferano

Cost: Around S$100 per person

And for the ultimate experience, there are also hotels that offer staycations for NDP Fireworks.  Yes, Singaporeans love a good pyrotechnic display.

Pan Pacific HotelS$301/night
Marina Mandarin SingaporeS$335/night
Naumi HotelS$396/night

Cost: At least S$300 per room per night

* Room rates based on Agoda rate on August 8, 2017.

#2 Sentosa 

Assorted kuehs

Cost: Free! 

Head to the island of family fun and adventure for their National Day lineup. So Singapore, the Heritage Carnival, promises nostalgia as you travel back in time to the days when Singapore was a fishing village.

There will be old-school Singapore artifacts and of course, local specialties like kuehs and chendol.

In the evenings, catch their local film screenings by the beach.  The Merlion will also be transformed by a special light and music show that has Augmented Reality (AR) effects when you view it through your smartphone.

One of the best ways to celebrate National Day is to be nostalgic by day and futuristic by night.

#3 Singapore Art Museum 

Art Museum

Cost: Free on National Day

Check out the Imaginarium: To the Ends of the Earth at the Singapore Art Museum at 8Q.

The exhibit welcomes you to explore new ways of seeing and experiencing the world and the diverse environments that people inhabit.

There’s free admission on National Day so there’s no better time to visit the SAM.

#4 Gardens by the Bay

Celebrations at the bay

Cost: From S$12. Local residents get S$5 from 5-20 August 

Singapore’s favourite futuristic garden has a National Day special not to be missed. In celebration of Singapore’s 52nd birthday, the Orchid Extravaganza flora display will tell the story of Singapore’s growth through the metaphor of a butterfly’s life cycle.

Expect to see orchids in all shapes, sizes, and colours that depict the story of a butterfly. Look out for the sculpture of 52 butterflies in the shape of Singapore.

Also, don’t miss the solo exhibition, The Things Unseen, by Naida Adell Ginnane, an Australian born artist who is now residing in Singapore. The art photography exhibition comprises of more than a thousand images photographed at Gardens by the Bay over a period of four years.

Local residents can enjoy 10% off to Single Conservatory or Double Conservatories when you purchase your tickets online.

On top of that, you can also use HSBC Revolution credit card to pay the tickets online and enjoy 5x rewards for the online purchase.

HSBC Revolution Credit Card

HSBC Revolution Credit Card

5x rewards on dining, entertainment and online transactions!

Cash Back & Welcome Gifts Worth Up to S$260

How can you get tickets for next year?

Lighter Pack 2017

If you’re determined to celebrate National Day at the NDP, be sure to ballot for tickets in advance. Application for tickets usually opens a few months ahead of August, and each applicant can apply for two, four, or six tickets. The lower number of tickets that you are balloting for, the higher chances you have of obtaining them.

You can ballot through the official website, via SMS, or through AXS and SAM machines.

Have a blast, or simply have a restful National Day holiday!

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