S’pore’s largest carnival opens Dec. 15, 2017 in CBD: More than 40 thrill rides, games & food

Looks like fun.

By Mandy How | November 23, 2017

Update: The carnival opening has been pushed back to Dec. 15, 2017. It was originally scheduled to open on Dec. 8.

Come Dec. 15, you won’t have to complain that there’s “nothing to do in Singapore” anymore — what is described as the largest carnival our country has ever seen will be coming to town for four months then, with plenty of food options and more than 40 thrill rides and games.

I mean, just look at how epic it looks:

Source: Prudential Marina Bay Carnival

Occupying The Promontory and Bayfront Event Space, the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival will take up 25,000 square metres — equivalent to three and a half football fields in size. 

Best of all, admission is free, although you will need to purchase credits for rides and games either on-site or online via http://marinabaycarnival.sg.

Note that the credits will be in the form of RFID (radio-frequency identification) cards. The cards will cost S$10 each, with the full value stored. There is no minimum sum for subsequent top-ups.

Here’s a peek at what will be happening then:

Thrill rides

Many of the rides will be brought into Singapore for the very first time from various European countries, including the UK, Germany and Italy. 

There’s The Star Flyer, a 35-metre-tall tower ride that allows visitors a 360˚ view of the Singapore skyline while experiencing the sensation of flying. 

Photo courtesy of Prudential Marina Bay Carnival

On the other hand, the thrilling Booster Maxx is 55 metres above ground and rotates at a speed that can reach 96km/h in under eight seconds.

Photo courtesy of Prudential Marina Bay Carnival

If that’s not enough, there’s also the Cyclone Coaster from Italy — the largest ride in the carnival, equivalent to the size of eight standard 4-room HDB flats combined. 

Photo courtesy of Prudential Marina Bay Carnival

Other family friendly rides include the Log Flume (water involved), Das Fun Schiff pirate ship, and Apple Coaster, a rollercoaster for children.

Photo courtesy of Prudential Marina Bay Carnival
Photo courtesy of Prudential Marina Bay Carnival

Carnival games

Source: Prudential Marina Bay Carnival

The event will also host more than 30 game stalls catering to adults and children of all ages, with a crazy 1,200,000 licensed plush toys up for grabs (whoooo). 

And they won’t be just luck-based games, either; we hear a certain amount of skill is needed to win those plushies — a definite opportunity to impress your other half here.


Source: Prudential Marina Bay Carnival
Source: Prudential Marina Bay Carnival
Source: Prudential Marina Bay Carnival

Besides classic carnival snacks like curly fries, sausages, churros, and popcorn, foodies will be pleased to find Michelin-starred offerings from Restaurant Labyrinth (and others, we’re told), gourmet burgers and hotdogs, as well as Japanese treats. 

You’ll also be able to find local food like chendol soft serve and lemongrass chicken rice bowls on offer.

With prices starting from S$4 from more than 20 vendors that will change their offerings each week, you can eat your way through the carnival even as you work through the thrill rides on your list.

Music and performances

This carnival also features a lineup of youth bands, DJ performances, ventriloquism acts, and carolling groups — since its first month coincides with the Christmas period too. 

Indie voices from the local music scene such as pop/rock singer Kexin Tay, hip-hop rapper TheLionCityBoy, and pop punk artiste Falling Feathers will have their own sets on the fairgrounds as well.

Check out their promotion video here:

Where it’ll be happening:
The Promontory and Bayfront Event Space
11 Marina Blvd, Singapore 018940
12A Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018970

When it’s on: 
Dec. 15, 2017 to Apr. 1, 2018
4pm to 11pm daily
Christmas and New Year’s Eve: 3pm – 2am

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About Mandy How

Mandy is a pantry rat. She eats everything in the pantry (except other people's food).

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