The holiday season is here, and every Nigerian, both home and abroad, knows you can be in either of two places at this time. Either you’re in your hometown enjoying a wholesome Christmas celebration with your family, or you’re in Lagos with the ‘detty’ crowd for the detty December celebration. For most Lagosians, we already know the ins and outs of the city during this festive season.
Detty December in Lagos is the season for all the best concerts from the most prominent performers worldwide. In fact, some concert fanatics may call this season a spiritual experience.
Admittedly, concerts can be entertaining and uplifting, but why don’t you switch it up a bit this time? There can be a lot more to your Detty December plans than concerts, you know? Whether you’re a Lagosian or a part of the ‘I just got back’ community (IJGB), this article lists fun activities you could add to your detty December plans.
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Top 5 Activities for your Detty December Experience in Lagos
Do you know how many restaurants are there in Lagos? Tons! And there seems to be a new spot opening daily, both on the Lagos mainland and the Island. The best part is that there is a restaurant for every budget and an array of cuisines from all around the world.
Whether Mediterranean, authentic Nigerian meals or Asian dishes, you can find any food your heart desires. A significant plus is that restaurants in Lagos also tend to be aesthetically pleasing. Therefore, you can be assured of a very relaxing experience. You can find restaurants of various themes, too.
A perfect example would be Alice Garden at Ikeja; it’s a scene straight out of a fairy tale book. So, if you’re a foodie who works a 9-5 all year long, your perfect detty December plans may include satisfying your taste buds in most of the lovely restaurants Lagos has to offer.
Games and sporting activities
Are you an adrenaline junkie? Then, spend your holiday getting a daily dose of excitement. You could try out bowling and various games at Rufus and Bees. Or take an afternoon to walk the longest canopy bridge in Africa at Lekki Conservation Centre. You could also try paintballing, jet skiing, and more at Landmark Beach. If you’d like to try out your aim, there are a few shooting ranges in Lagos to pick from. By the time the holiday ends, I believe you would have satisfied your adrenaline cravings.
Visit a perfumery (Olfactory Art Gallery)
This, by far, is one of the newest and most exciting activities to grace the Lagos scene. If you love perfumes or just like to smell really good, then an Olfactory Gallery should be on your list. Think of these perfumeries as galleries where you take in or inhale different aromatic scents. These galleries allow you to make your perfume with the ingredients they have on display. You could tailor your scent to what you feel matches your tastes or personality.
How many people have their customized scents named after them? This holiday, you could be one of the few who do. You could spend your December in Lagos making a line of perfumes that you could probably retail to other perfume lovers. Indeed, you’ll love every single step of this new experience.
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Visit a winery
Ever heard of wine tasting? A connoisseur of fine wine or liquor might enjoy a visit to one of the established wine bars in Lagos called; “The Wine Lab.” At this establishment, you get to taste some of the wine industry’s best liquor. You could do that while relaxing with family or friends. This could double as an educational experience as well: listen to expert advice and more on various types of wines from seasoned sommeliers.
Feeling snackish? There are small bites, smooth music and a relaxing ambience to accompany your glass of wine. This may not be a Teetotaler’s dream but for the rest of us, it’s definitely worth adding to our detty December plans.
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Clay Sculpting (pottery) or painting
Is unleashing your inner artiste an activity you’d love to include in your detty December plans? Then, somewhere like Paint and Sip or Pottery by Ablesworth is the place to be. These are two outstanding art establishments you could go to for some fun. You’d be glad to know there are many art studios in Lagos that you could go to for some artsy fun. You could take a few pottery classes or paint abstract art with your family.
Take your works of art home as a souvenir, and whenever you look at your paintings or pottery in your living room, you’ll fondly remember your holiday in Lagos. If you aren’t in the creative spirit but you’d like to feed your eyes on art, you’ve hit the jackpot too.
Lagos City is home to several art galleries, both big and small. You may not create art, but you can take the time to appreciate the works of others. Think of it as a time to bond with your country’s art and culture.
Clearly, there are many things you can do in Lagos for fun this season. While hopping from one concert to the other with friends is an option, don’t leave out your family either. Christmas is what the season is all about, and that means bonding and sharing with your family and loved ones. Any of these activities can do just that. Sure, go to a concert or two, but never forget to spend time with family.
Your Detty December plans should be more than just concert hopping; they should also be about love and family. But since it’s Christmas, “Tis the season to be jolly. If concert hopping makes you jolly, then by all means, do what makes you happy.
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Edited by Oluwanifemi Akintomide.
Akorah Chioma Diana is a recent graduate from the University of Lagos. A creative and content writer, her love for writing began in her Junior Secondary School when she became interested in reading.
A 2021/2022 KANAC Creative writing winner, excerpts of her work can be found in the KANAC Anthology, Pride Magazine Nigeria, and Tush Media Magazine.
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