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Christmas in Lagos – All The Amazing Things To Do

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We understand you perfectly, Lagos is not like any of the other states, so why will Christmas in Lagos be the same? The question you are asking right now is ‘how to spend Christmas in Lagos’? The truth is we will be lying if we told you that this answer was simple because it is not.

A lot has to go into your dream Christmas holiday in the centre of excellence which is Lagos state. From restaurants to eat at to places to hang out and then hotels/resorts in Lagos – everything has to be spot on. However, rushing to Lagos simply because you want the best Christmas seems weird. So, we will like to start with knowing a thing or two about Lagos.

Lagos

Lagos is like the yin-yang sign of states in Nigeria. It is funny how one state can be the smallest in terms of area and still be the most populated country out there. Being the former capital and the entertainment hub of Nigeria, Lagos is home to a lot of things. Making it one of the best places to spend Christmas in Nigeria.

The burning question now is ‘where can I spend Christmas in Lagos’. The truth of the matter is that Lagos is so cool that it does not matter. How much you have as a budget for Christmas is what determines if you would be going to the mainland or the island for Christmas. There are so many cities in Lagos to choose from – Ikeja, Lekki, Ikorodu, Badagry, Ojo, Epe and the most recent, Eko Atlantic.

English whether Queen’s or pidgin and Yoruba are the most spoken and understood languages in Lagos. So, once you can speak one or two of them, you won’t have a lot of issues navigating the town.

Christmas and Lagos

When you talk about Christmas in Lagos Nigeria one of the first things, we think of is crazy nights out and music/comedy festivals. The truth, however, is that Christmas in Lagos can be a whole lot more than these things.

Being the entertainment and business hub of the country, Lagos has a little bit of something for everyone when it is time to relax and unwind. There is no doubt when people say there is no better place to spend Christmas than Lagos. Even when you are looking at Christmas in Africa, Lagos is one of the top destinations to visit.

Things to do During Christmas in Lagos

Now, when it comes to enjoying any holiday at all, Lagos is always going to be the place to be. Whether it is your honeymoon or you are basically looking for where to spend your Christmas holiday. There are so many fun things you can do in Lagos during Christmas. Some of the determining factors would be who you are spending Christmas with and your budget.

When planning your Christmas in Lagos, one cool factor you get to enjoy is that you can do one thing in different places. Variety is the spice of life; these different locations charge differently and target different types/classes of people. Your job would be to find the one that best suits your budget and the type of holiday you are having.

Some of these activities will include;

Boat Rides, Beaches and Water

Christmas in Lagos

Lagos is a state close to the Atlantic Ocean and has a lot of beaches, it is only right that we start here. Unlike in other cities where water activities are streamlined to swimming, Lagos gives you some variety. Boat rides and kayaking is an activity that is common with residents here.

There are so many other water activities to enjoy in Lagos from controlled fishing to swimming. It all depends on what you find entertaining or relaxing.

Where to go if You a Boat Ride or Want Water Activities in Lagos

S/NPlace & Website/PageAddress/Google Map LinkContact Information
1 Kampari Tours 7 Wole Olateju Cres, Lekki Phase I, Street 07052111502
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2 Hi-Impact Cruise Lagos House, Lagos Island, Lagos 08151819580
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3 Laquatic Waterpark Landmark Beach Lagos Victoria Island, Victoria Island, Lagos 07025005262
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4Prest Cruise Waterfront Hotel  1c, Admiralty Road, off Admiralty Way, Lekki, Lagos 08128888883
5 The Good Beach Plot 10B, Water Corporation Road, Trinity Ave, Victoria Island, Lagos 09122223224
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Games/Sports that Make You Sweat

Christmas in Lagos

It is the time for love and giving, we know that but sometimes getting your blood pumped is also important. That is why Christmas in Lagos wouldn’t be complete for us without those extreme sports that just make us feel alive. Luckily for us, this is Lagos, so there is a variety here. Hiking is a pretty popular one and then there is paintballing too.

We are simply certain that spending the holidays in Lagos will have you ticking things off your bucket list. For more about extreme spots in Nigeria, click here.

Where to go For Extreme Sports & Adventure in Lagos

S/NPlace & Website/PageAddress/Google Map LinkContact Information
1 Leisure Sports Paintball 39 Kusenla Rd, Lekki Penninsula II 08140000208
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2Lekki Leisure LakeLekki Leisure Lake, Adekunle Animashaun Drive, Marwa, Off Lekki Phase 1, Lekki 09043550000
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3  Seal Team Paintball Trinity Ave, Eti-Osa, Lagos 07025007607
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4 Lekki Conservation Centre Km 19 Lekki – Epe Expy, Lekki Penninsula II, Lekki 09065460479

Shopping

Christmas in Lagos

You cannot say it is a holiday if you are not shopping, it is simply impossible for that to happen. Whether you are shopping alone, with your family or with that special someone – the business hub of the Nation does not disappoint. You have shopping complexes, malls and modern layout markets scattered all over town.

From clothes to decorations, to a Christmas tree – there is nothing you will not be able to find. All you have to do is look for it. The options for where to shop can be all we talk about here as they are so many. So, instead, we picked one for every location in Lagos.

Where to go if You Want to Shop During Christmas in Lagos

S/NPlace & Website/PageAddress/Google Map Link
1Ikeja city mall Obafemi Awolowo Way, Alausa, Ojodu
2Palms Shopping Mall 1 Bisway St, Maroko, Lekki
3Festival Mall Festival Mall, Janet Fajemigbesin St, Festac Town
4 Novare Lekki Mall Eti-Osa, Lekki
5 Alaba International Market Alaba International Market Rd, Ojo

Parks & Playgrounds

Christmas in Lagos

There are so many things to do in Lagos this Christmas, and one of them is nothing. The need for people to do nothing is fundamentally why we have parks. The irony here is that Parks is also needed for people who want to do something. Asides from taking a stroll and clearing your head, parks are a good place to have picnics. Family, friends, lovers or alone – a picnic could be one of the best feelings during Christmas.

Most parks also come with playgrounds and this comes in handy especially when we go with the kids. In Lagos, some of these parks have free access while some are gated. The good thing is, you will not have to pay much still to get in.

Parks & Playgrounds in Lagos

S/NPlace & Website/PageAddress/Google Map LinkContact Information
1 Muri Okunola ParkAdeyemo Alakija St, Eti-Osa. Lagos 
2  Apapa Amusement Park 34 Randle Rd, Apapa Quays, Lagos 08028702949
3  Dream world Africana First Right Turn After The 2nd Tollgate KM 20 Lekki-Ajah Expressway, Lekki Penninsula II 
4  Johnson Jakande Tinubu ParkHouse of Assembly beside Lagos State Secretariat Alausa, Ikeja 
5 Jhalobia Botanical Garden  Airport Rd, Ikeja 08037257855

Movies & Arcade Gaming

Christmas in Lagos

The unwritten role is that you have to at least see one Christmas movie before the holiday ends. You have been doing this at home before which is why it should be different this time. You are celebrating Christmas in Lagos this time, so why wouldn’t you want to make it as magical as possible? Cinemas and film houses are scattered all over Lagos, so it does not even matter where you end up in Lagos.

Movies is one side of it, arcade gaming should also be a part of your Christmas plans. Most shopping malls and cinemas come with gaming centres for you and your loved ones to have an amazing time.

Where to for Movies & Arcade Gaming in Lagos

S/NPlace & Website/PageAddress/Google Map LinkContact Information
1 Rufus and Bee Okunde Bluewaters scheme Twinwaters Lagos, off Remi Olowude St, Eti-Osa, Lekki 09080077221
2 Filmhouse Cinemas IMAX Bisola Durosinmi Etti Drive, 10b The Rock Dr, Lekki Phase 1 09024997900
3 Silverbird Galleria Silverbird Galleria, 133 Ahmadu Bello Way, VI07012655677
4 NexPad Gaming Lounge 2nd Floor, TecHub Spaces, Lateef Jakande Rd, Agidingbi, Ikeja 09016830928
5 Genesis Deluxe Cinemas Funtasticaland, Ikorodu-Ososun Rd, Ikeja 07000300300

Art, Nature & Culture

Christmas in Lagos

They say arts and poetry amongst other things are the spices of life – these are the things that help us make sense of everything. So, while you are enjoying the glitz and glamour of Lagos, you should find time to appreciate the art in Lagos. Take drives to monumental places – the third mainland bridge would be our first suggestion for you.

If you wish to appreciate art and nature, you have a lot of options to choose from in Lagos. We suggest an art gallery, garden or zoo if you are going out with the kids or even on your first date.

Where to Find & Appreciate Art, Nature and Culture in Lagos

S/NPlace & Website/PageAddress/Google Map LinkContact Information
1 Nike Art Gallery 2 Ikate Elegushi Rd, Lekki Phase I 08034096656
2 Lekki Conservation Centre Km 19 Lekki – Epe Expy, Lekki Penninsula II  09065460479
3 Terra Kulture Plot 1376 Tiamiyu Savage St, Victoria Island  08104224137
4 National Museum Lagos Onikan Rd, Ikoyi 012636005
5 Kalakuta Museum 7 Gbemisola St, Allen, Ikeja 08023137307

Sports, Cultural and Entertainment Events

Christmas in Lagos

There is nothing better during Christmas in Nigeria than a good comedy or music festival. Now, Lagos being the entertainment hub of the country is usually the centre of it all. Most concerts like the Experience have become a tradition during the festive period. The Nigerian professional football league as well as other sporting leagues and competitions are usually still on during the early parts of the festive periods.

So, if you are into sports and entertainment, Lagos will be the perfect place for your Christmas vacation.

Where to go For Events & Festivals in a Lagos

S/NPlace & Website/PageAddress/Google Map LinkContact Information
1 Teslim Balogun Stadium Alh. Masha Rd, Surulere, Lagos 
2 Eko Hotel & Suites Plot 1415 Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island Lagos 012772700
3Fela Shrine 2 NERDC Rd, Agidingbi, Ikeja 
4 The Civic Centre Ozumba Mbadiwe Road, Opposite 1004, Victoria Island, Lagos 014531295
5 Landmark Centre Plot 2&3 Adeniyi Jones, Oba Akran, Lagos 07007777777

Some of the Best Restaurants in Lagos

Food is the spice of Life, it does not matter the holiday we are considering. Eating is important but since we are on holiday, we must make everything special. In Lagos, the ambience is everything – restaurants are in a constant battle to win the trophy and it does us a lot of good and bad. Bad because it makes it hard to choose the one that best suits you.

Here, we have curated some of the best restaurants all across Lagos to make sure, your stomach stays good. We focused on the variety of meals available, ambience, location and price.

Christmas in Lagos – Casper & Gambini

The first thing that makes Casper & Gambini stand out is that it is found on the mainland and also on the Island. Whether you are out for business or leisure, the ambience is one thing that suits you. It brings this dark grey and brown Italian theme which just makes you feel classy once you are in.

This is is the restaurant for everyone and every occasion – family, a date, self-care, business meetings. So, why you are in Lagos spending Christmas does not matter once you are here. They serve both local and intercontinental dishes and have special menus for those who need them. It includes vegan food, gluten-free food, food for lactose intolerant people, etc. A proper experience here will cost about N10,000 per person. You can check out their menu here.

Contact Information – 08170011228

LocationIkeja City Mall, Obafemi Awolowo Way, Oregun, Ikeja

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Opening Hours – 10 am – 2 pm every day

788 on the Sea

Being a city close to the Atlantic Ocean, Christmas in Lagos will not be complete without the sea. By the sea we mean 788 on the sea. This is the perfect place to be especially if you have a big date planned during this period. Thinking of popping the Question? There is no better recommendation we can give to you than this restaurant. The ambience is everything these days and the score is perfect here. There is live music almost every day here and with the best customer service, there is no better place to be than here.

This Mediterranean theme restaurant offers the best of international and some local dishes. You can look at their menu here. They also allow you to book reservations and you can do so via this link.

Contact Information – 09080066113

LocationOkunde Bluewater Scheme, Off Remi Olowude St, Lekki

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Opening Hours – 12 noon – 10::30 pm every day except Mondays when they are closed

Hardrock Cafe

This is by far one of the most popular Restaurants in Lagos and there are so many reasons for this. The first of these reasons is the ambience. Imagine having dinner with your family or a group of friends with a great view of the Atlantic ocean. This is what the Hardrock Cafe offers you. They are present in multiple locations all across Lagos but we would suggest you go for the one in Victoria Island as it has a lot more to offer in terms of ambience.

The very best of international delicacies are served here including some of the local delights that we know. You can see extensively what they offer from their menu, here. One thing this place has going for it is the price which seems fair when compared to others of its standard.

Contact Information – 09081988888

LocationLandmark Village, Water Corporation Road, Oniru, VI, 550104, Lagos

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Opening Hours – 12 pm – 12 am on weekdays and 12 pm – 1:30 am on weekends

Cactus – Christmas in Lagos

When you are thinking of How to spend Christmas in Lagos, food usually comes first. Where you will eat is important and this is why the Cactus is here. Located on the Island, this is another restaurant known for its great ambience. It is a great spot regardless of the occasion and that is what we love about it. Customer service is top-notch here and it is not just us saying it, you can read the reviews online.

The menu of this restaurant stretches from Nigeria to the international stage. With as low as N5,000, you can get a decent meal.

Contact Information – 08027777666

Location20/24 Ozumba Mbadiwe Ave, Victoria Island 106104, Lagos

Opening Hours 7:30 am – 10 pm except on Friday and Saturday when closing time is 10:30 pm.

Quid by De Brit

Another restaurant in Lagos you should visit this Christmas is the Quid. The goal for this restaurant is to be the best and they are living up to expectations. The exterior of this restaurant gives you a homely feeling with the greens and a beautifully finished entrance door. They have sections in the restaurant and tables are arranged to suit different needs. This means they want you regardless of the Christmas occasion that brings you here.

They serve both local and international dishes here – you can look at the menu for a clearer picture. It might be a bit pricey but this is one experience that is worth it.

Contact Information – 09138856712

Location1e Babatope Bejide Cres, Lekki Phase I 106104, Lagos

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Opening Hours – 10 am – 1 am every day except Saturday and Sunday when they close at 2 am

S/N0NAME/WEBSITEADDRESS/GOOGLE MAP LINKSOCIALS/CONTACT INFORMATION
1Casper & GambiniIkeja City Mall, Obafemi Awolowo Way, Oregun, Ikeja 08170011228
2788 on the SeaOkunde Bluewater Scheme, Off Remi Olowude St, Lekki09080066113
3Hardrock CafeLandmark Village, Water Corporation Road, Oniru, VI, 550104, Lagos 09081988888
4Cactus20/24 Ozumba Mbadiwe Ave, Victoria Island 106104, Lagos08027777666
5Quid by De Brit1e Babatope Bejide Cres, Lekki Phase I 106104, Lagos09138856712
6Sailors LoungePLot 1 block 12, admiralty road, Lekki phase 1 Lekki, 101253, Lagos08090570142
7Metisse RestaurantCCMQ+775, Etim Inyang Cres, Victoria Island 106104, Lagos 012714155
8Salma’s Authentic Lebanese Cuisine20/24 Ozumba Mbadiwe Ave, Victoria Island 106104, LagosFacebook
9The House 4 A.J. Marinho Dr, Victoria Island 106104, Lagos09082919773
10Circa12e Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase I 106104, Lekki08179999960

The Best Resorts/Hotels in Lagos

One of the most important questions to ask will be where to stay in Lagos during Christmas. Even when we have a home, you should treat yourself. The holidays might be a season of love and giving but we forget that giving to ourselves too is valid. Lagos is blessed with some of the best resorts and hotels in Nigeria. We should take this advantage of this to make this Christmas one of the most memorable ones ever.

We at Attenvo believe in making things easy for our guests. This is why we have curated a list of hotels/resorts will think will be perfect for you. We choose these hotels having a few things in mind. They include location, class, pricing, facilities, policies, etc.

The Whispering Palms – Christmas in Lagos

When you are talking about resorts in Lagos, there is no way you can start and finish without mentioning this. The Whispering Palms is located in Badagary axis of Lagos. Everything you are looking for can be found here – a beach, a mini zoo with exotic animals, a gym, a spa, etc. The exterior of this resort is filled with tall Palm trees which is where they get the name from. You will also find gorgeous huts all across the ground for relaxation.

The on-site hotel accommodation on this beach resort comes with state-of-the-art technologies and equipment. Even if the facility is on the beach, you have a swimming pool in the complex also.

Contact Information – 09063573686

LocationWhispering Palms Iworo Road Turn at Aradagun Bus Stop , Off Lagos Badagry Express Way, Amuwo Odofin, Badagry

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Checking Hours – check-in – 2 pm, check out – 12 pm

Room rates – from N32,000

Morning Side Suites

For those who want a serene environment while maintaining all things quality – the Morning Side is the perfect place for you. This one is found on the Island and comes with a lot of amazing features. Proximity is the first thing that stands out with this particular hotel. It is close to the Lagos national museum and you can walk to the bus stop in case you want to commute to other places.

When you are planning your Christmas in Lagos, one of the things you want is to be special. This is why we are suggesting the morning side suites as a place to stay. Each suite comes with a jacuzzi, sitting area, coffeemaker, cable, Wi-Fi, etc. You also get complimentary breakfast when you stay here

Contact Information – 07046436379

Location11b Taslim Elias Cl, Victoria Island 106104, Lagos

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Checking Hours – check-in – 2 pm, check-out – 12 pm

Room rates – from N33,000

Maison Fahrenheit Hotel – Christmas in Lagos

An informal restaurant, outdoor pool, sun loungers and a rooftop cocktail bar – these are only but a few of the features here. The Maison Fahrenheit is one of Victoria Island’s finest. We could even say it is one of the best Hotels in Lagos. The outside is green and lively while the inside is packed with amenities. The masterpiece has art that beautifies every inch from your room to the hallway. The island has a lot to offer for Christmas and proximity to everything is what this hotel offers you during your stay.

When booking online, you can include things like airport pick up and the hotel also can arrange a tour plan for you during your stay in Lagos.

Contact Information – 09098762063

Location80 Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island 106104, Lagos

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Checking Hours – Check-in – 2 pm, check out 12 pm

Room rates – from N44,000

Epe Resort & Spa

You are planning Christmas in Lagos and asking yourself where to stay in Lagos during Christmas. This is why you are here and we have an answer for you. Along Itoikin in Epe, you have one of the best places you can spend your holiday. The Epe resorts & spa is a beauty to behold for anyone who comes close. Renowned for its top-notch services this resort has one of the best ambiences in the land.

If you decide to spend your Christmas here, you wouldn’t even have to go out. Everything to keep you comfortable and entertained for as long as you stay can be found within these walls. You have a restaurant that offers you the best of local and international dishes, a spa and a lot of indoor and outdoor sports facilities.

Contact Information – 08131838014

Location Ikorodu-Epe Rd, 106103, Epe

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Checking Hours – check-in – 2 pm, check-out – 11 am

S/N0NAME/WEBSITEADDRESS/GOOGLE MAP LINKSOCIALS/CONTACT INFORMATION
1The Whispering PalmsIworo Road Turn at Aradagun Bus Stop , Off Lagos Badagry Express Way, 09063573686
2Morning Side Suites11b Taslim Elias Cl, Victoria Island 106104, Lagos07046436379
3Maison Fahrenheit Hotel80 Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island  09098762063
4Epe Resort & SpaIkorodu-Epe Rd, 106103, Epe08131838014
5Ivy Hotel13, Aromire avenue, Off Adeniyi Jones, By Allen Ave, Ikeja08101170160
6Eko Hotels & SuitesPlot 1415 Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island 012772700
7White Orchid Hotel1637 Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island  09012002206
8BON Hotel51 Sobo Arobiodu St, Ikeja GRA09030799935
9Westwood Hotel22 Awolowo Rd, Ikoyi014625106
10Villa Toscana HotelCFG2+3RP, 22 Oba Yussuf Way, Oniru Victoria Extension, Maroko08062642068

Nightlife During Christmas in Lagos

If you are a night crawler then I have to say congratulations as you have chosen to spend your Christmas in Lagos. Lagos is the New York of Nigeria, we say this as it is the city that never sleeps. So, going out in night is not something that is strange here. It will be even weird for you to stay here during the holidays and not go out.

Most eateries and hang-out spots turn to clubs once the sin goes down and most of them they stay open till morning. Generally, Lagos is safe at night but you still have to be careful where you go because safety is subjective. With N30,000, you can actually have a good time alone in any of the clubs.

Events coming up During Christmas in Lagos

There are so many Christmas concerts in Lagos, this is the most popular type of event during the festive period. However, there are other events too that take place.

S/NEvent & Socials/WebsiteType of EventLocationDate
1 The Experience Gospel Concert Tafawa Balewa Square 02/12
2 Ifeanyi Obike’s Annual Dinner PartyChristmas Concert Muson Centre 21/12 

The Last Words from Attenvo’s Santa on Spending Christmas in Lagos Nigeria

There are so many things to look at when you are planning your Christmas in Lagos. Where to stay, where to eat and what to do. This article has been able to extensively cover that leaving you with all the tools required to make memories this Christmas. Lagos is one of the busiest cities in Nigeria and it does not stop even at this time. So, having a plan and sticking to it might seem like a good thing to do.

Even if we know that we have given you quality, there are no rules that say we cannot show you more which is why we will like to. For us, the Island seems perfect. If your question is Where can I spend Christmas in Lagos? The answer is the Maison Fahrenheit Hotel. Proximity to a lot of things is the reason why we picked this place. You can quickly get stuck in traffic, so picking a place close to where you might be going to eat and have fun is important.

The Lekki conservation centre seems like a good place to spend the day on Christmas eve. That could be followed by dinner and clubbing at the Hardrock cafe. Christmas day could just be movies at Filmhouse in Lekki and then Paintballing at the leisure sports complex. This will be even better if you are with family or friends.

So, there it is – we went a little extra because we care about you – now all we want from you is feedback on how it all went. If you have a brother/sister who wishes to spend Christmas in Port Harcourt, you could share this other article with him/her.

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