Year-end countdown festivities return to heartlands for first time since 2019

Food trucks, laser effects and firework displays are among the highlights at over 20 community celebrations.

Liam Willett

Aspiring cat dad.

Published: 27 December 2022, 3:31 PM

Marina Bay is not the only place ushering in the new year with festivities as 20 community celebrations will be held at various heartland locations on Dec 31.

These celebrations, organised by the People’s Association Grassroots Organisations (PA GROs), are the first to be held physically since the COVID-19 pandemic, and will bring together over 70,000 residents to bond and share their wishes and aspirations for 2023.

Key highlights of the islandwide year-end celebrations include stage performances, interactive games, carnivals and food trucks, movie screenings, laser effects and firework displays.

Tampines residents can party over three days at That Night @ OTH from Dec 31 to Jan 2. They will be entertained by the circus-themed Countdown to Magical Moments 2023 show, festivities, and fireworks.

Meanwhile, One Punggol will host its first year-end community countdown celebration for Punggol residents.

At heARTs! @ Boon Lay 2023, young residents have stepped up to help plan and organise the year-end events, with a focus on inclusivity as they bring wheelchair bound residents and elderly to join in the celebration.

The GROs have worked closely with the authorities to ensure that safety and security measures are in place for the countdown celebrations in the heartlands. In addition, staff and volunteers will be onsite to monitor and manage the crowd and ensure that the activities are carried out in a safe manner.

More information on the community countdown celebrations for each neighbourhood can be found on the People’s Association website.

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