By Chinelo Ngene
Lagos, Nigeria is home to some of the best African music and nightlife. It’s no surprise that Lagos comes alive at Christmas. There’s only a few days left till Christmas and if you’re looking for a swell time, Jovago.com has picked out Lagos as the city you should visit.
As long as you’re out in Lagos with friends, family or going solo, you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Here are some of the things you should look out for while in Lagos. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for beautiful fireworks and amazing street displays.
The weather gets cooler and drier during the harmattan season which starts in December just in time for Christmas. It could get a bit foggy in the early hours of the morning but it soon clears up as the sun rises.
There’s less than two rainy days all month which allows for more fun days at the beach. The temperature stays cool so it’s perfect if you’re used to much cooler temperatures. Just remember to stay hydrated.
Traffic in Lagos can be intense at rush hour even more so in the yuletide season. Good thing you have other options to help you have a merry Christmas. Take a boat cruise to Snake Island or Tarkwa Bay; you will enjoy great views of the Lagos skyline.
Want to travel in style? Hire a limousine with your own chauffeur for the night or take it to the next level with a helicopter ride around the city or anywhere in the country.
Things To Do
Spending Christmas in Lagos with your family would be spectacular, trust us. Amusement Parks in Lagos have lots of games that you all can enjoy. There is always something for everyone in this West African city; you and your kids can go for fun activities like paintball, Go Kart Racing or meet Santa Claus at a Christmas Grotto.
If you’re travelling as a couple, take a trip to the spa for some intense pampering and a relaxing couples’ massage. You never know what might pop up but expect the very best entertainment as Christmas is the best time to visit Lagos.
The Lagos nightlife gets a boost around Christmas with restaurants and hotels giving discounts. Get the very best that Lagos has to offer by seeing a comedy show or stage play at the Muson Centre, bobbing to the sound of indigenous music at a concert, or set your sights on up and coming Nigerian fashion at one of the beauty and fashion shows around the yuletide.
Your Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a bag full of goodies. Shop till you drop at the Ikeja City Mall or Park ‘n’ Shop then head on down to the beach for a relaxing time with friends.
Where To Eat
After a day of activities, you can eat good food, have a drink and cool off at any of the restaurants and bars in Lagos. La Mango Restaurant & Bar, and Rodizzio Restaurant & Bar both in Ikeja are cozy places to hide out, watch your favourite sports and eat Nigerian, American, Thai and Malaysian delicacies.
On the Island, visit Ember Creek Ikoyi, a trendy spot by the waterfront or Bangkok Bangkok Restaurant in Victoria Island, providing the very best Thai cuisine.
If you’re up for some real fun, there’s always a party happening at Rhapsody’s on Victoria Island. It is the Nigerian outlet of the famous South African restaurant. Rhapsody’s is the perfect place for dinner and a night out.
Where To Stay
Depending on your taste, needs, and the number of people you’re travelling with, Lagos has a wide range of hotels for you to choose from this Christmas. If you’re travelling on a tight budget, you can stay at a lodge or guest house at a decent price.
There are also a large number of luxury hotels on the Island and mainland. Some of our top picks include;
Radisson Blu Hotel with two saunas, an outdoor infinity pool, a fitness area for working out, and buffets at their Voyage Restaurant.
Lagos Oriental Hotel features a Chinese Restaurant and Japanese Gourmet Restaurant with enchanting views of the Lagos Lagoon.
Four Points by Sheraton Hotel provides simples pleasures like a Swedish massage at the in-house spa and warm Apple signature pies at their Café Cappuccino coupled with 24 hours room service.
Chinelo Ngene writes for on Jovago.com.