Most fun spots in Lagos will be in competition for who gets the most attention from Lagosians from all works of life despite the MMM freeze and the recessed state of our economy. Let’s take a look at the top fun spots in Lagos this yuletide season.
It is that time of the year when event centres can make profits that they couldn’t make in 12 calendar months in just one day. Lagos will definitely be agog this Christmas; from street parties to carnivals to picnics and shows. Lagosians will be gearing to make the best use of the remaining days left in a year that changed our political climate.
Therefore, we thought we should give our readers a guide as to the top 10 hottest fun spots to be in Lagos this yuletide season.
These are places that will put you body, soul and spirit at cloud nine and leave you hanging there before it drops you off high and dry few days after the new year celebrations must have subsided. This is in no particular order. Scroll down for details…
1. GET ARENA
GET Arena is Nigeria’s first and only all encompassing entertainment, corporate, social, and top notch establishment. This highly rated fun zone gives you a feel of what fun will look like in paradise for those of us who would make it. GET Arena incorporates an excellent Bar and Grill with salivating spread of the finest dishes, and most sumptuous cocktails, a Lounge blending this gourmet offering with countless options of events for people who know what it takes to enjoy life to the fullest, be it football match days, hen nights, dinner parties, birthdays etc..
There are also Goonies for the kids with all the arcade games you can think of, and the one and only state of the art go kart rack which surrounds the complex. Have you tried a burger with a go kart whizzing by you at 70 miles per hour. That is what it takes to spend your money at GET Arena this yuletide season.
2. La Campagne Tropicana Resort
La campagne Tropicana on a good day is an exotic lover’s den; one of the best places around to go on a romantic get-away. It is a luxury resort in Lagos made for quiet off-the-grid hideaways. Located at Ikegun, off Lekki / Epe expressway, La campagne Tropicana Resort is a fun-filled escape for everyone, a sea-lover’s paradise that is great for water sports, land sports, games and relaxing. You can lodge here with your partner or loved ones and enjoy all the fun activities the haven offers this season. I’m sure La Campagne Tropicana gives a glimpse of what Heaven would be.
3. Eko Convention Centre
The Eko Convention Centre of the Eko Hotels and suites is the largest multipurpose conference; banquet and exhibition centre in Nigeria, with a maximum floor space of 5,151 square metres. This facility provides sufficient space to fit 270 exhibitions stands; it also has the capacity to cater for dinner and conference events for up to 3,000 people and concerts with audiences of up to 6,000 people. Just like last year, the event centre will be hosting this year’s “OLAMIDE LIVE IN CONCERT”, an event many Nigerians are looking forward to.
OLIC which comes up on the 26th of December, a day after Christmas would see Nigerian Hood Rap Maestro Olamide and his formidable line-up of music heavy weights mounting the stage on separate occasions in a night that promises to be laced with fireworks. There is also the ALIBABA January concert at the same venue, which makes Eko Hotels and suites and invariably Eko Convention Centre the place to be this yuletide season.
4. Ikeja Shopping Mall
Ikeja Shopping Mall is one of the finest malls in Lagos. The mall is lined with a variety of stores from clothing outlets to gift shops. You’ll find some exciting window shopping in the mall and of course a cinema. The shops are designed in colourful Christmas themes, strolling through the mall offers a view of beautiful ‘keresi mesi’ things displayed in the stores.
You had better not go to Ikeja Shopping Mall with a full wallet or your ATM card this yuletide season except its not yours. I’ll bet by the time you are out of the mall, you will think you’ve been robbed. And again be wary of who accompanies you to the mall, that is very vital when visiting the mall.
5. Tarkwa Bay
If you are looking for a place that will offer an air of serenity and tranquility away from the buzz in Lagos this festive period, then Tarkwa Bay is the place to be. The exotic Island will ensure that you find a means of escape from the craze and drama that comes with the yuletide season and still makes it possible for you to have a worthy time, probably making it your best holiday ever.
When it comes to finding a fun-filled place to spend Christmas with the family or your significant other, Tarkwa Bay is the perfect choice. Located about 20 minutes from Lagos CMS Boat Jetty, it is surrounded with crystal clear water, sandy beach and warm atmosphere.
It is the best place to experience exciting activities such as water skiing, jet skiing, boat cruising or having a picnic on the beach. There are plenty of fun things to do here. So what are you still waiting for…
6. The Muson Centre
Life is a stage at Muson Centre! The Muson Centre is a reputed place to watch the best stage plays and performances that will fascinate you in Lagos. It offers best traditional and contemporary performances that you can’t afford to miss. This season, there is a wide variety of stage plays and performances which will be in hot demand at Muson Centre. Therefore, it is the perfect time to watch the stage performances and enjoy an unforgettable day or night out with your friends and family.
The Muson Centre will be going agog this year with” ITAN – the story” by the Thespian Family Theatre on the 24th of December at the AGIP Recital hall. Two years ago The Muson Centre was a beehive of activities, notable stage plays that went down there were SARO ‘the musical 2’ and “The gods are not to blame” by the Thespian Family Theatre.
If you want to see some of Naija’s finest on-screen personalities do what they know how to do best differently on stage, then The Muson centre is the place to be this season.
7. Imax Cinemas Lekki
Nothing else will blow your minds like this new film house cinema in Lekki. IMAX, the world’s most Immersive Movie experience is finally in Lagos, Nigeria! So just in case you haven’t been in the loop, Filmhouse Cinemas launched in West Africa the first IMAX movie theatre in September 2016. This cinema seems to have toppled The Silverbird Galeria Victoria Island, Lagos.
IMAX, (short for image maximum) shows motion pictures with the most lucid and highest resolution you ever imagine.With giant screens, and an immersive experience that makes it almost like you’re part of the movie casts. At Filmhouse Cinemas Lekki you can also see movies in 3D and 2D.
Sport lovers can also see weekend games while chilling with loved ones at the exclusive Terrace bar and the all VVIP Signature Bar. The Filmhouse IMAX cinema is located at The Rock Drive, Off Bisola Durosinmi-Etti Drive, Lekki Phase I, Lagos.
8. Freedom Park
The popular Freedom Park, Lagos is located in Ikoyi and is one of its landmark sites. Formerly called the Ikoyi Prisons, Freedom Park Lagos, born out of the ruins of Her Majesty’s Broad Street Prisons, was reconstructed to preserve the history and cultural heritage of the Nigerian People. Freedom Park Lagos is a National Memorial, a Historical landmark, a Cultural site, Arts and Recreation centre. If you are looking for a relaxing spot in Lagos, you should visit Freedom Park, one of the great green spaces to lounge on the grass in Lagos. It is a leisure park that provides recreational entertainment such as open-air performances, music shows and games. There is so much to do and see at this park
The project commemorated the 50th anniversary independence celebration in October, 2010 in remembrance of the Nation’s foremost fathers for their patriotism which ultimately led to the Nation’s Independence from colonial masters.
9. Lekki Conservation Centre
Lekki Conservation Center is located on Lekki Peninsula, it’s one of the best places with serene environment in Lagos. Want to experience wildlife and biodiversity first hand, this is the best place to visit. You get to see a range of animals – mammals, reptiles and birds. You can have a picnic with your family while you enjoy the amazing view of the reserve. A picnic with your family is an exciting outdoor activity and it’s always enjoyable.
10. Bar Beach
Bar beach is arguably the most popular beach in Lagos. Located on Ahmadu Bello way in Victoria Island, Bar beach is known for its sand bars. Bar beach extends from the west by the Institute of Oceanography all the way to Eko Hotel toward the east. Many activities are available for sports enthusiasts including horse back riding, swimming and football among other popular beach sports.
Though You may be tempted to jump into the water on a sunny day, swimming and surfing is seriously discouraged because of the strong churning currents of the sea. If you are thinking of visiting a beach in Lagos this festive season, the first beach that should sanely come to mind is Bar beach; its being there for donkey years and still firing on full cylinders.
While you are hanging out in the various locations, please remember life doesn’t end with 2016. 2017 is just around the corner and it does have 12 calendar months of challenges, no doubt. So make hay while the sun shines and don’t break the banks for temporary gratifications then be caught off-guard in the new year.
Have a wonderful Christmas and a blissful New year celebrations ahead!