How to See the Gardens by the Bay Light Show (Read This First!)

Gardens by the Bay Light Show

Looking for a fun activity at night in Singapore? Then the Gardens by the Bay Light Show should be at the top of your list! Every evening, the Supertrees come alive with lights and an epic Garden Rhapsody musical performance. Here’s everything you need to know about the Gardens by the Bay light show in Singapore, including times and tips from our own experience.

Gardens by the Bay Singapore

Gardens by the Bay is a massive outdoor park which first opened back in 2012. It was part of the plan to make Singapore a “City in a Garden” and once you see it you’ll understand! Some of the best features of this include the Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, and endless other exotic gardens to explore. 

The living rainforest of the Flower Dome is home to the 2nd largest indoor waterfall in the world. If you can believe it, the first tallest is also in Singapore inside Changi Airport.

The stunning centerpiece of Gardens by the Bay is the Supertree Grove. This one of a kind metal structures stretch high into the sky between 25 and 50 meters in height.

The 18 Supertrees are complete with vertical gardens with over 150,000 plants winding up the sides. They also harness solar energy, collect rainwater, and act as natural air ducts for the rest of the park.

Honestly, Singapore’s Supertrees look like something out of the future and are an iconic symbol of the city. One of the coolest parts about visiting Supertree Grove is you can actually walk atop them on the OCBC Skyway.

The OCBC is one of the best things to do in Singapore and definitely not to be missed! We highly recommend including it in your Singapore itinerary, especially if you’re only on a short visit. As you’ll see next, this is also where the Gardens by the Bay Light Show takes place at night.

→ Gardens by the Bay in Singapore: 8 Fun Tips for the Perfect Visit!

Gardens by the Bay Singapore Light Show

How to Get to the Light Show at Gardens by the Bay

Getting to Gardens by the Bay is easy as it’s located in the heart of Singapore. You can simply take the 20-minute stroll from the financial center, or jump in a Grab Taxi to speed things up.

If you’re coming from other parts of the city you can take advantage of Singapore’s great subway system. Hop on the train to the Bayfront MRT station, and before you know it you’ll be up close and personal with the Gardens by the Bay Light Show!

→ 6 Reasons to Use the Singapore MRT On Your First Visit

How to Get to the Light Show at Gardens by the Bay

What Are the Gardens by the Bay Light Show Times?

The Light Show at Gardens by the Bay takes place every night at 7:45pm and 8:45pm. This means you’ll have more than one opportunity to see the spectacular lights of the giant Supertrees. 

While you may have to pay to get into other sections of Gardens by the Bay Singapore, this popular light show is completely free to attend. Nevertheless, if you’d like to take in the performance from the OCBC Skyway or Supertree Observatory, you’ll need to book your tickets in advance.

For a visit atop the tallest Supertree canopy it’s an additional cost of 14 Singapore Dollars ($10 USD). Alternatively, if you’d like to walk the OCBC Skyway it will be 12 Singapore Dollars ($9 USD).

Whatever Gardens by the Bay Light show times you decide on, we recommend getting there early so you can find a seat with the best view. Remember that this is one of the main attractions in all of Singapore so it does get busy!

Gardens by the Bay Light Show Guide

Singapore Gardens by the Bay Light Show

This unique light and music show has been captivating audiences for years. The mix of vibrant colors, traditional instruments, and songs of Singapore are sure to impress any traveler. This is also one of the best places to go for kids and families at night in Singapore.

Depending on what time of year you’re visiting you will see different themes which change every month. There is everything from a Christmas special to opera, and even a Star Wars edition! However, know that Garden Rhapsody is the signature musical act of Gardens by the Bay.

Our favorite way to experience this amazing light show is to pick a spot beneath the Supertrees and lie flat on our backs. This way you can truly take in the outdoor gardens, musical soundtrack, and lights towering above you.

Don’t Forget to Bring A…..

Towel or small blanket! Now this might seem a little silly, but you won’t regret bringing one. Everyone sits on the ground or lays completely on their backs for the Singapore Gardens by the Bay Light Show to get the perfect view of the trees above them without having to strain their necks. 

We have a small travel towel that we take with us which is easy to pack. Sometimes we will even used our backpacks to prop our heads up. This is just a personal preference but we would rather not lay on the ground where literally thousands of people walk a day. 

Singapore Gardens by the Bay Light Show

Is There Another Singapore Light Show?

Yes! The other most famous light show in Singapore takes place on the waterfront near the Marina Bay Sands hotel. The MBS Light Show combines water and lights to create a wild display before you. To be honest, it almost feels like a New Years Celebration every night in this part of Singapore.

A great spot to watch this event is from Merlion Park. This is where you can also see the famous statue of the Singapore’s mythical creature. You can also view it directly across the bay in front of the Marina Bay Sands hotel. 

It takes place every night at 8pm and 9pm. Keep in mind the Gardens by the Bay Light Show times are 7:45pm and 8:45pm. This means if you plan it out correctly you can see both shows in one night!

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Singapore Light Show MBS

What to Do Before the Gardens by the Bay Light Show

Since the light show at Gardens by the Bay isn’t until later on, you’ll need some awesome things to fill your day. Singapore is a city filled with so many outdoor activities, different neighborhoods, and architecture to explore. 

One of the most fun things to do in Singapore is eat at the many Hawker Centres around the city. These food markets combine the best eats from all around Southeast Asia and are dotted around the city. 

Some of the Hawkers we visit most are Maxwell Food CentreChinatown ComplexLau Pa Sat, and Little India’s Tekka Centre. You can even stop into the world famous Raffles Hotel and try the Singapore Sling drink where it was first invented.

We also recommend seeing the historic temples of Chinatown, hopping on a Singapore Harbor Cruise, and taking a walk down the colorful Haji Lane. Families will enjoy the amusement park at Sentosa Island, riding the Singapore Flyer, and the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari. 

It’s easy to see there’s so much to see around Singapore during the day and night! Be sure to check out our complete guide below for more of the best things to do in Singapore.

→ 23 Fun Things to do in Singapore on Your First Visit!!!

Gardens by the Bay Singapore

Where to Stay In Singapore

Singapore has a great range of hotels to stay at around the city. While Southeast Asia is a huge draw for budget travelers, you should know that the prices are much higher here than you’ll find in countries Thailand or Vietnam. Realistically, a decent hotel will cost you the same as any other major city in Europe or the USA. 

If you’re trying to save money you can always stay at a hostel or one of the many cube hotels near downtown. One of the best parts about Singapore is that it’s very walkable and easy to get around on the MRT train system.

So no matter where you’re staying, you’ll be able to conveniently get to the Gardens by the Bay Light show when the sun goes down. We’ve visited Singapore many times now and have spent the night in so many types of accommodations. Here are some of our favorite picks below for where to stay on your own trip!

Luxury – Marina Bay Sands  – We stayed at the Marina Bay Sands for Jake’s 30th birthday and it blew away our expectations. You can even watch the Marina Bay Sands Light Show from the rooftop infinity pool.

Iconic – Raffles Hotel – As one of the most historic hotels Southeast Asia, staying at Raffles will be an experience like no other. Enjoy a Singapore Sling and take in the amazing architecture of this landmark built in 1887.

Fun Vacation – Parkroyal on Pickering– It doesn’t get much more green and lush than Parkroyal on Pickering! This fun vacation spot is literally one of the greenest hotels in the world. Plant life covers the entire property to make for a unique stay in Singapore.

Boutique – KēSa House – Located in Chinatown, this fantastic hotel was built in 1920’s. Enjoy the incredible setting in the heart of the city in a traditional building on Keong Saik Road.  

Hostel – Hipstercity hostel – Fun hostel in downtown Singapore with both private and dorm rooms. Great place to meet other travelers to explore the city with.

Singapore Hotels

Is the Gardens by the Bay Light Show Worth Seeing?

Absolutely! The nightly music and light display are a must for any traveler heading to Singapore. Once you see Garden by the Bay’s Supertree Grove shine bright it will be an experience like no other. We make sure to attend this Singapore light show any time we’re in the city.

It’s the perfect way to end your day in Singapore and something everyone should see once. As we mentioned, they switch up the themes constantly so you likely won’t see the same performance twice. If you’re up for some holiday cheer, you should visit for the Gardens by the Bay Christmas celebrations or Chinese New Year.

Singapore Gardens by the Bay Show

Have any questions on the Garden Rhapsody or want to share your own tips for the Gardens by the Bay Light Show? Leave us a comment below.

Safe Travels,
Brigitte & Jake

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More Singapore Tips

Activities: Butterfly GardenChinatown –  Haji Lane – Singapore Jewel – Marina Bay Sands Hotel

Hawker Centers: Old Airport Road – Liao Fan Hawker Chan

Travel Tips: Singapore Airlines Review15 Wild LawsChangi Airport

Singapore Travel Planning 

 Flights: We always find deals using Skyscanner and Kayak. That’s how we got flights from Athens to Singapore for $230 USD, and Singapore to Thailand for less than $50! 

 Accommodation: Compare competitive sites for hotels such as Booking.com and Agoda. Also, Hostelworld should be your go-to source if you’re traveling on a budget. 

Tours: Check out Get Your Guide for activities all over Singapore. You can book everything from a Singapore Highlights Bike Tour to a Gardens by the Bay E-Ticket, and even a private food tour with 10 tastings

 Travel Insurance: Never travel abroad without being covered. We’ve been using SafetyWing for the last few years on the road and they are there when we need them.

 Packing Lists: Here’s all the inspiration you need with our Amazon packing lists! Including electronics and camera gear, must-have medical items, and long flight essentials

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2 Comments

  1. November 4, 2023 / 11:52 pm

    This looks absolutely amazing! I would soooo love to experience this in person one day!

    • Brigitte & Jake
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      November 5, 2023 / 3:48 am

      Really cool experience at night in Singapore!

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