How to Experience iLight Marina Bay in Singapore
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iLight Marina Bay, Asia’s only sustainable light art festival, takes place at the Marina Bay waterfront in Singapore, illuminating the area with 20 light art installations designed by artists from around the world. Here’s what you need to know about attending this dazzling free event.
When to Go
Founded in 2010, iLight Marina Bay is now an annual festival in Singapore, lighting up the riverfront throughout much of the month of March. Due to the nature of the event, it’s best to see the light installations after dark.
What You’ll See
At the core of the festival are 20 illuminated art installations by Singaporean and international artists, all using eco-friendly materials like recycled bottles and energy-saving lighting. The event’s theme changes from year to year, but past installations often include audio-visual projections on major Singapore landmarks (like the ArtScience Museum and Merlion Park), interactive art pieces that respond to motion and physical touch, optical illusions, and giant 3D-printed installations.
How to Go
Many city night tours include a cruise down the Singapore River, where you can learn about iLight from your guide as you pass the city’s glowing sights with unobstructed views. You can also combine a night cruise with a traditional dinner in Chinatown, or opt for a tour that includes stops at the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Observation Deck and Gardens by the Bay to catch the synchronized light and music show from multiple angles. For a view from above, hop aboard the 541-foot-tall (165-meter-tall) Singapore Flyer observation wheel.
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Experience central Singapore during the vibrant evening hours with this Chinatown tour by trishaw and riverboat. With a guide, walk through the bustling Night Market and learn about the history of Singapore’s Chinatown. Shop for bargains as you wander through this captivating district, indulge in dinner, and take a thrilling trishaw ride through Little India and Bugis Village. Then, cruise along the Singapore River on a bumboat to admire the city skyline lit up at night.
Don’t miss the Singapore Night Safari, one of Singapore’s top family attractions, located next to the Singapore Zoo. You’ll explore the jungle park on an open-air tram, catching sight of nocturnal animals in authentically created habitats. Then follow a guide on a walking trail to see leopards and other wildlife up-close. You can also watch one of the nightly shows, and you have the option to upgrade to include dinner at Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant.
Use your skip-the-line pass to the Night Safari tram for priority boarding, and spend your time exploring the nighttime rainforest rather than waiting in line. Just hop right aboard for a family-friendly journey into the world of nocturnal animals, including lions, tigers, and leopards in specially designed habitats. Disembark for a closer look along softly lit jungle trails, enjoy animal shows and cultural demonstrations, and feast on a dinner buffet. Round-trip transport from major hotels in Singapore is included.
Marvel at the illuminated sights of Singapore during a night tour. Explore top attractions with a knowledgeable guide, including a synchronized light and music show at the Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay. Visit the Sands Skypark Observation Deck and finish with a cruise on the Singapore River.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff