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Things To Do In Lagos This December (2018)

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Looking for things do to in Lagos this December? You’ve come to the right place.

2018 has been an incredible year from some of us, a learning experience for others and it’s been challenging for a bunch, but what we can all agree on is that it went by faastt, but at the same time it was pretty eventful.  No other season in the year puts a bigger smile on our faces than Christmas!  It is one of the most celebrated holidays in the world for a reason, but what makes it even more important is its cultural significance in Lagos.  “December In Lagos” has become a strong movement, that represents  everything fun, everything adventurous, and everything detty to be done in Las Gidi this special month of year.

There is so much to do in Lagos this season, and we understand that could be overbearing for some.  That is why here at GidiGuide, we have put together a list of things you absolutely have to do this December, so you don’t break a sweat deciding or missing out of the cool rocks.  Let’s dive in!

Events

What would December in Lagos be without an incredible line-up of events?  Events are the best places to connect with other Lagosians, and experience our true energy: despite the challenges, we just wanna have fun!
Here are some of the hottest events we strongly advise you don’t miss out on:

Afrobeat Fest

We start off with something for the culture; the Afrobeat Fest would be the first of its kind to be held at Eko Atlantic City, and will feature the grand-masters of Afrobeat, Femi & Seun Kuti, and the newer age doing justice to the sound, Burna Boy, Timaya, Patoranking and more.  If you want to move to the sounds of African highlife, jazz, funk and drums, then this is your haven.
Date: 22nd December 2018
Time: 5pm
Venue: Eko Atlantic City
Tickets: N5,000+

Eat Drink Festival

Food is a very important part of the Lagos experience, there are so many tastes to offer and so many restaurants in Lagos you can visit, however, that might be quite hectic, and expensive.  So why not have everything you want to eat in one place?  The guys at Eat.Drink.Lagos understand this, and have put together another amazing edition of their Eat Drink Festival to satisfy all your food cravings, and maybe even create some.  If you identify as a foodie, then it’s your duty to attend.
Date: 26th – 27th December 2018
Time: 12pm – 8pm
Venue: The Lekki Coliseum
Tickets: N1,000 for Wrist Bands (required to buy food)

Burna Live

Arguably the best musical talent in Nigeria today, and undoubtedly an artist that fills your soul with incredible vibes, Burna Boy is set to rock your world this Christmas.  Burna live might be the most anticipated concert this December, and for good reason, few compare to his energy on stage and after an incredible year of bangers, there are many songs to make your night!
Date: 26th December 2018
Time: 6pm
Venue: Eko Convention Centre
Tickets: N7,500+

Queen Moremi The Musical

Another exciting aspect about Lagos is our exceptional theatre, we are truly entertainers, and this platform enables us to tell Nigeria’s stories in interesting and beautiful ways.  House of Oduduwa and BAP productions come together to tell you a story about a true Nigerian heroine, Queen Moremi, who hailed from ancient Ile Ife.  Expect a gripping, and passionate tale of one of Yoruba’s greatest Queens.
Date: 21st – 24th December 2018, 26th December 2018 – 2 January 2019
Time: 3pm & 7pm (varies)
Venue: Terra Kulture Arena
Tickets: N5,000+

Urban Music Festival

One of the biggest music festivals this December, and the perfect event to catch all your favourite artists all in one place.  The Urban Music Festival is all about partying hard, singing and dancing to your heart’s content, and creating incredible memories with friends.
Date: 21st December 2018
Time: 5pm
Venue: Eko Atlantic City
Tickets: N5,000+

Wizkid Made In Lagos Shutdown

And a shutdown it will be.  Nigeria’s favourite, Wizkid is set to curate your vibes with his last concert of 2018.  He would not be alone though, expect Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, Not3s, Maleek Berry and many others.  All we can say is administer this on a manya diet.
Date: 23rd December 2018
Time: 6pm (might actually start at 9pm)
Venue: Eko Atlantic City
Tickets: N4,000+

Honourable Mentions: AG Live, King Coal in Concert, Palmwine Music Festival, Simi Live, Wizkid VIP Experience, all of which can be found here

Spots

In between all the high-energy events, it is only natural that you would like somewhere to cool down and relax.  Alternatively, perhaps you want to try out somewhere new, or engage in a different sort of activity, maybe you are the type that just likes the full package; whatever category you fall into, there something here for you.

The tourism and lifestyle sector of Lagos is always developing, thus there are many interesting spots that spring up from time to time.  We have compiled a list of fairly new and interesting places we recommend for a rich and diverse experience.

Chai Tang

We kick-off with a restaurant first, because food is sacred.  Chai Tang is a beautifully furnished Asian restaurant, that is inspired by ancient Chinese culture.  It’s only been open for about a year, so the chances are you may not have been.  It makes for an ideal escape, because you might forget you are in Lagos for a second whilst there; that’s how captivating it is.  It’s amazing interior is only matched by it’s incredible food, so if Chinese cuisine makes your mouth water, then look no further.
Address: Twin Waters, Okunde Bluewater Zone, Off Remi Olowude Road, Lagos
Price per person: N10,000 – N15,000+

SOUTH Eatery & Social House

Life is most definitely sweeter in the south.  South Eatery is one of the more interesting restaurants in Lagos; everything from their eccentric wall art, to their freshly sourced menu, their ambience, and style.  Their cuisine which is primarily western, with some hints of Naija, is both creative and consistent.  One of their iconic wall signs reads: “We are all mad here”, go see for yourself, because we can’t make this up.
Address: 92b Younis Bashorun Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
Price per person: N6,000 – N9,000+

Tarkwa Bay

It’s never really a complete holiday if you don’t visit the beach, especially one like Tarkwa Bay; a beautiful island located close to the Lagos harbour.  It is not accessible by road, so you would need to take a boat or jetty there, which you can easily get from Mekwe Jetty, or Tarzan Marine in Victoria Island.  Tarkwa Bay is a haven for water-sport enthusiasts, so expect to see people with surfboards trying to catch a wave, as well as the delightful locals who might treat you to a good time.  It isn’t crowded like some other beaches in Lagos, which makes it quite relaxing, and offers a much needed pause from bustle of the city.  There is so much to do here: kayaking, jet skiing, surfing, beach soccer, and if you are a thrill seeker you can try snorkelling.
Access: Tarzan Marine Services, beside Lagos Oriental Hotel (20 minute trip)
Boat Ride Fee: N2,000

Upbeat Recreation Centre

The Upbeat Centre does things differently, it isn’t a spot for relaxing or taking things easy, on the contrary it’s high energy, effortful and most especially fun.  As far as we know, it is the only trampoline park in Nigeria at the moment, and in addition to this, it is several things more.  This is the spot to play unapologetically; you can try out your back-flips on their tumble track, engage in activities such as trampoline basketball, trampoline dodgeball, or get lost in the foam pit.  They also have facilities such as a basketball court, AstroTurf, and a space for karting, skateboarding and biking; providing several options to choose from.
Address: 11 Admiralty Road, Lekki Phase One, Lagos
Entry Fee: N1,500+

Brass & Copper

Divine. That is what we think about Brass & Copper; not just that it has a classic feel to it, but because the space is so so beautiful.  It is a little bit quirky, with its leafy green arched roof, black and white monochrome flooring and incandescent light bulbs but it has an air of sophistication.  The menu is powered by Casa Lydia Kitchen, so you would not be disappointed by taste.  Also in the midst of all this style, the food is surprisingly very affordable.  Overall all, the vibe is just right here, and you can be guaranteed that your snap would be popping.
Address: 1 Olubunmi Owa Street, Lekki Phase One, Lagos
Price per person: N4000 – 6,000+

Nike Art Gallery

Boasting a very impressive collection of Nigerian and African art, the Nike Art gallery is one for art enthusiasts, or anyone that wants to learn about the creative culture of Nigeria.  Just to give you an idea of how iconic this collection is, the centre is a three-storey building that has a piece of art on virtually every square meter of its walls.  There is so much to see here, many of which would make excellent souvenirs: artwork, beads, sculptures, textiles etc, all made in Africa.
Address: No. 2, Elegushi Road, 3rd Roundabout, Epe Expressway, Ikate Cross Road, Lekki
Entry: Free

Lufasi Nature Park

The Lufasi nature park is a beautiful, green and tranquil location for the outdoor lover.  It sits on twenty hectares of land, and is home to several plant and animal species all interacting in a natural habitat.  If you appreciate nature, then a visit might be in order.  Whilst there you can have a picnic with friends, play games and even visit the zoo.
Address: Majek 1st Gate, Km 41, Lekki – Epe Expressway, Abijo Lagos
Entry Fee: N1,000

Burg

At Burg, its all about the burgers, duh.  But whats more impressive about this burger joint is it’s branding and ambience.  Inspired by Shake Sack, Burg wants to be the go to burger joint in Lagos, and so far they are doing a fine job.  They have a small but solid menu, which offers several tasty burgers, some with a little bit of Nigerian inspiration.  Their space proves there is beauty in minimalism, with wooden tables, stools and chairs accounting for most of the furniture. While waiting for your food, you can have a quick game of table tennis with a friend outside, and if you are alone, don’t worry, there are darts for you to play too.
Address: 11b Isaac John Street, Ikeja
Price per person: N2500- N4,000+

Rufus & Bee

Rufus & Bee is probably the hottest arcade in Lagos right now.  With a ton of arcade games, a bowling alley, and restaurant, you can never go wrong visiting here.  Even if you just want to watch football, they are over eight televisions at the bar showing different matches, making this an ideal spot for super Sundays.  At its heart though, Rufus and Bee is the spot to keep you and your friends entertained, whilst competing in fun games to win prizes.
Address: Twin Waters, Okunde Bluewater Zone, Off Remi Olowude Road, Lagos
Entry: Free (need buzz card for arcade games, costs N4,000)

Honourable mentions: The Backyard, Sabor, Art Twenty One, Nok By Alara, Omu Resort & Terra Kulture

And there you have it!  This list is not by any means the Holy Grail, but we can guarantee that you would have an amazing experience at any of these places.  Hopefully, we have been able to make this December more navigable for you.

Have an amazing Christmas 

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