When visiting Singapore, one of the activities you can't miss is watching a light show. There are three spots in Singapore where you can enjoy these dazzling displays every evening.
Each of these locations has a unique experience. While some showcase only lights, others combine lights with water or even add fire into the mix. Wondering where these places are? Let's take a look into the details!
In Singapore's Gardens by the Bay, a 101-hectare park known for its futuristic design and natural beauty, you'll find the Garden Rhapsody. This light and music extravaganza is held in the Supertree Grove section.
Here, the Supertrees are decked out with LED lights that shift colors, creating a mesmerizing scene. The Garden Rhapsody synchronizes the twinkling and color shifts of these lights with music for a 15-minute spectacle.
The soundtrack for Garden Rhapsody varies monthly, featuring themes like Retro Fever, Journey through Asia, Spring Blossoms, and Songs of Singapore, among others.
This show, a creative collaboration between light designer Adrian Tan and famous Singaporean music composer Bang Wenfu, has been enchanting visitors since 2015.
You can catch the Garden Rhapsody twice each night, at 7:45 pm and 8:45 pm, without any charge. Although, towards the year's end, some special paid events may take place.
Viewers often lie under the Supertrees for the best experience. For more tips on the perfect viewing spot, check out my next article.
Reaching the Garden Rhapsody is easy. Take the MRT to Bayfront Station (on the Circle Line & Downtown Line) or Gardens by The Bay (Thomson - East Coast Line). From there, it's just a 5 to 10-minute walk to the venue.
Close to Gardens by the Bay, another spectacular light show awaits you - Spectra, a free show at the Event Plaza in front of Marina Bay Sands.
Spectra is a blend of music, light, and water, creatively presenting the story of Singapore in a unique and engaging manner.
This 15-minute display captivates with its combination of laser visuals, water jets, and mist, creating a vast screen of water. The soundtrack is a series of specially tailored songs for the show.
The narrative of Spectra focuses on Singapore's growth from its past, its vibrant present, and its bright future. It's presented so effectively that it feels like you're on a journey as you watch.
Spectra lights up the sky at 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm nightly, with an extra show at 10:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Although you can see the show from different spots around the bay, the prime viewing area is at the Event Plaza of Marina Bay Sands.
A tip for spectators: avoid standing too close, as water splashes can reach the front rows. For the best experience, try to position yourself in the center of the show.
If you'd like to enjoy a meal with the show, Le Noir and Dallas Cafe & Bar are two nearby restaurants with outdoor dining areas that offer a great view of Spectra.
Reaching Spectra is easy. Take the MRT to Bayfront Station (Circle Line & Downtown Line), and then walk through the mall to reach the Event Plaza.
Pro tip: You can experience both Garden Rhapsody and Spectra in one evening. Start with Garden Rhapsody at 7:45 pm, followed by Spectra at 9:00 pm. Or, you could watch Spectra first at 8:00 pm, then catch Garden Rhapsody at 8:45 pm.
Wings of Time sets itself apart from the first two light shows as it's a ticketed event. To experience this show, you'll need to purchase a ticket for SGD 19 beforehand.
The ticket cost is well worth it for the experience you'll have at Wings of Time. This show combines an impressive array of elements: light, music, fire, water, and even fireworks.
This 20-minute show unfolds the tale of Shahbaz, Rachel, and Felix, three prehistoric birds. Their journey takes us through stunning landscapes across various eras of the world, ending with a spectacular fireworks display.
There are two performances each night, one at 7:40 pm and another at 8:40 pm, but remember, one ticket grants access to only one show.
At Wings of Time, every guest has a designated seat in the grandstand, ensuring a comfortable viewing experience without the need to compete for the best spot, as might happen at Garden Rhapsody or Spectra.
You'll find Wings of Time on Sentosa Island, close to the Monorail Beach Station. For more details on how to get to Sentosa Island, please refer to the following article.
In summary, when in Singapore, you have three must-see light shows. For free experiences, Garden Rhapsody and Spectra are your go-tos. For something more lavish, albeit with a ticket price, Wings of Time is your destination.