One thing is clear, Africans are not waiting for Santa to bring joy to their homes. Instead, they have found a way to make themselves happy. December comes with an unmistakable spirit that is hard to explain with words. The end of one event marks the beginning of another. From street shows to celebrity-themed parties, December events always stand out from the ones at other times of the year. Across the major cities in Africa, the feeling is the same.
The fun has already started and will climax as the calendar winds down. Grammy Award winner, Cardi B recently completed a tour of Nigeria and Ghana for the Livespot X Festival. She went on to excite her social media fans with her experience. You can bet that she is not the only international act that will visit the continent this month. If you are planning a visit to Africa this holiday, you don’t need to spend it indoors. Check out our curated list of some of the best December events across Africa.
December Events in Ghana
Afrochella—this event is gradually becoming the biggest in Africa. It’s not just music but the convergence of art—from exhibitions to fashion to art installations. This year’s edition will hold on December 28 at El Wak Stadium, Accra, Ghana. You can buy your ticket here.
Africa Legends Live Concert—you wouldn’t want to miss this executive and award night live concert. It promises to bring musicians and comedians from all over the world to Ghana. This will happen on December 14 to 15 at Bus Stop Lounge & Sports Bar, Accra. You can get your ticket here.
AfroFest Africa—the organizers are promoting this event as the first time that an Afro festival will be coming to Africa. It is scheduled to hold in Ghana International Trade Fair Center, Accra, on December 14, 2019. Billed to perform are TOME (Nigeria), Slimflex (Ghana), Tyshan Knight (Jamaica), and Kibra (Eritrea) from Canada. You can get your ticket here.
Kikibees All White Party—this champagne party has continued to grow in glamor. There are three party packages available namely standard single, VIP double, and deluxe table for 6. The two-day event will run from Thursday, December 19 to Friday, December 20, 2019. You can get your ticket here.
Masoiree (Mask Party)—the mask-themed party is dubbed ‘A Night in Disguise’. Promoted as the first of its kind, the event will hold at Pedusa Valley Resort in Aburi on December 21, 2019. Each ticket comes with a mask. Accra’s finest DJs are billed to attend. You can get your ticket here.
Year of Return 2019 Ghana – Come Join Us!—if you have always dreamed of touring Ghana, here is a rare opportunity. This elaborate tour will run from December 26, 2019, to January 6, 2020. To be part of this tour, visit www.comejoinus2019.com.
December Events in Kenya
Movies & Moonlight Outdoor Cinema—this epic outdoor cinema experience will happen on 14th December. Besides the luxury of enjoying African and western classics, it brings back memories of traditional outdoor movie night experience. The venue remains the Log Inn Camp. You can get your ticket here.
Twende Zanzibar—the 6-day tour will start on Monday 23rd December and end on Saturday 28th December. The tour will cut across three locations namely Nairobi, Dares Salam, and Zanzibar. Further details can be found here.
Luciano in Nairobi—this two-day event will run from 24th to 25th December 2019 at KICC Grounds. It promises to be a reggae concert of a lifetime. Both local and international artists will be in attendance. You can get your ticket here.
If you are planning a visit to any of these African countries or their close neighbors, make plans to attend one of these December events. Also, if there is an important event you think we missed out in any of these countries please let us know in the comment box. Happy holidays.
December Events in Nigeria
Warri Again—the event which started on October 1, 2013, has grown into an annual event. International artists billed for the event include Stefflon Don, Mad Cobra, Zanda Zakuza, and Gyptian. The event will take place on 27th December at Eko Convention Center, Lagos. Top Nigerian artists including Burna Boy, Davido, Timaya, Teni, Niniola, Zlatan, are on the list too. The host of the event will be sensational comedians AY and Bovi.
The Mayor of Lagos Concert (TMOL)—building on the success of the 2018 concert, TMOL is back with the promise of offering more entertainment. Billed for Saturday, December 14, 2019, the venue will be held at Muri Okunola Park, Adeyemo Alakija, Victoria Island, Lagos. You can get your ticket here.
Legend of the Fest—having Burna Boy on an event is definitely a big deal. The event is scheduled to hold on Friday, December 13, 2019, at Aquila event place, opposite general hospital Ikorodu. Also tipped to attend are Naira Marley and DJ Tunex. Get your ticket here.
Teni Live In Concert – The Billionaire Experience—after having a stellar year, Teni is rounding off with a self-titled concert. Fans should expect a thrilling performance of her hit tracks from ‘Billionaire’ to ‘Uyo Meyo’. The date of the event is Monday, December 16, 2019, at Eko Hotel and Suites, Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island. You can get your ticket here.
Grown & Sexy Experience—now in its second edition, the show promises a mind-blowing experience. Artists set to feature at the event include Paul Play, Seyi Sodimu, Brymo, and Style Plus. Special guest for the evening will be Joe. The date of the event is December 18, 2019, at Eko Hotel and Suites, Adetokumbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. You can get your ticket from here.
30th @ the Hardrock—there is no better way to wrap December than attending the biggest beach festival. This year’s event will feature the best DJs in the country including DJ Spinall, Jimmy Jatt, DJ Cuppy, DJ Obi, and so on. The date of the event is Monday 30, 2019, at Hard Rock Café, Plot No. 3&4, Block XVI, Oniru Estate, Near Landmark Center, Victoria Island, Lagos. You can get your ticket here.
December Events in South Africa
PMB Picnic Day—this promises to be one of the most intimate lifestyle experience. It will feature some of the best DJs and performers including Bongani from ECR and Lady Zamar. The date of the event is Saturday, 14 December at the Golden Horse Casino lawns. You can buy your ticket here.
Music is King 2019—this showpiece will hold in two different cities. The first will be in Johannesburg on December 14 while the second will be at Durban on December 15. It is one event you should plan to attend. You can get your ticket here.
Rick Ross Block Party—for two days, fans will enjoy surplus outdoor music. The first will hold on Saturday, December 21 at Kings Park Stadium. The next day, the fun will move to Buffalo Park Stadium. House AmaPiano and Gqom are some of the big hip hop names that will be in attendance. You can get your ticket here.
Durban Jazz Festival—now in its 13th edition, this is one December event that has grown tremendously. Some of the attractions this year include interactive stage, live performances, and dance. This music festival will hold on December 26 at Hazelmere Dam, Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal. Get your ticket here.
Sizzled Summer Music Festival 2019—undoubtedly one of the best music festivals in South Africa. The event will feature the best chefs in Cape Town as well as the best house music, live bands, and future sounds. This event will take place on 29th December at Fort Wynyard. You can get your ticket here.