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Visiting Ghana in December is One of The Best Times To Travel to Africa

If you want to end the year dancing the night away, on the beach, with friends, experiencing some of the best music festivals in the world, Ghana is the place to be in December!

In December 2019, the African diaspora returned home to the continent, by way of Ghana, for the “Year of Return.” Minus hiccups of the pandemic, since then Ghana is one of the hottest places on Earth to visit in December.

Ghana in December is an ultimate party experience, arguably hosting some of the best nightlife in the world. While celebrating the end of year in style, Ghana also offers top-class accommodations, amazing restaurants, and the opportunity to have a life-changing cultural immersion rich with history that’s particularly eye-opening for the diaspora.

Here’s a list of some of the best events happening in Ghana in December, as well as a guide to noteworthy places to eat, places to stay and things to do while you’re in Ghana.

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Ghana to the Moon: Business & Technology Conference

Date of Event: December 14, 15 & 16, 2023

The 2nd Annual Ghana to the Moon Business and Technology Conference is happening from December 14th to 16th at the Accra World Trade Center… This is not your typical conference – it’s an empowerment movement.

As part of Inspiration Weekend 2023, founded by F.I.R.E (Free Inspiration Reaching Everyone) and powered by Beyond the Return and the Ghana Tourism Authorities, the conference draws participants from Ghana and Nigeria. It centers on five key components: Technology, Business, Art, STEM, and Education, reflecting the diverse fields that will shape the future.

Day 1 kicks off with a career fair, connecting attendees with local and international companies. It focuses on technology, business, art, STEM, and education/community development.

Day 2 provides access to information, resources, and training, featuring industry professionals, speakers, and partners from Ghana and the USA. It emphasizes tech, business, art, entrepreneurship, and education/community development.

The conference culminates on Day 3 with a pitch competition focused on the five components. Winners can secure funding resources to jumpstart their ventures, with the top prize being a cash reward.

Ghana Tech Summit

Date of Event: December 21, 2023

The 5th annual Ghana Tech Summit is a remarkable event that brings together entrepreneurs, investors, digital marketers, and creative minds for a unique convergence aimed at addressing global challenges through the lenses of technology and entrepreneurship.

The Ghana Tech Summit is not just a one-off gathering; it’s part of a 13-year initiative designed to breathe new life into Ghana’s entrepreneurial landscape. The goal of the event is to transform Ghana into a global hub for innovation within the context of an emerging market.

Set your calendar for December 21, and stay tuned for the exciting announcement of the event’s location.

Everyday People

Date of Event: December 27, 2023

Everyday People is a live music event experience, community, culture platform, and the world’s coolest day party. It began as an intimate gathering in New York and has now turned into a globally recognized event brand. EP produces flagship residency events in NYC & LA and activates seasonally in influential global cities. Past markets include but are not limited to London, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Atlanta, Paris, Berlin, Chicago & Oakland.

Via their Community Sessions program, they also serve their community with events & experiences catering to their multifaceted needs. They’re not just a party space, but a space for health, wellness, connection, and culture.

The party is on December 27th at Bloom Bar in Accra, Ghana.

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AfroFuture Festival

Date of Event: December 28-29, 2023

Get ready to pack your bags and groove to the rhythm of Africa at the AfroFuture Festival 2023!

Picture this: El Wak Stadium in Accra, Ghana, is about to explode with two days of sheer cultural extravaganza on December 28th and 29th. This year, we’re turning up the heat with the theme, “Black Unification & Pan Africanism,” celebrating the incredible achievements of Black people from all corners of the world. We’re talking art, culture, and innovation like you’ve never seen before!

You might remember it as Afrochella, but it’s had a makeover and is now AfroFuture – unquestionably one of Africa’s coolest music festivals. Brace yourself for a weekend that’s set to blow your mind with phenomenal music and more. Our star-studded lineup includes Afrobeats sensations Davido, J Hus, and Black Sherif, along with a cast of local and international talents ready to set the stage on fire.

But wait, there’s more! AfroFuture isn’t just about music; it’s a celebration of the incredible talent emerging from the African continent. We’re talking seminar talks on pressing global issues, mind-blowing ideas, and innovative solutions that show the world the power of unity. It’s not just a festival; it’s a high-energy, cross-cultural extravaganza that welcomes people from all corners of the globe. Immerse yourself in African culture through mesmerizing art installations, a blend of modern and traditional fashion, mouthwatering local cuisine, and, of course, sensational music.

AfroFuture Expo

Date of Event: December 18-30, 2023

But the fun doesn’t stop there! AfroFuture goes beyond the festival itself. Check out the Afro Expo event from December 18 to 31, where you can connect with industry experts and changemakers in business, technology, health, fashion, music, and art. Feel the beat at the AfroFuture Music Museum on December 20, where you’ll experience a visual library-like adventure. And to cap it all off, join us for the grand New Year’s Eve Celebration on December 31.

AfroFuture is more than a festival; it’s a movement, a platform that uplifts and showcases the incredible millennial talent blossoming in Africa, all while celebrating the rich diversity of its cultures. So, pack your bags, grab your dancing shoes, and come be a part of something extraordinary at AfroFuture Festival 2023. It’s a journey you won’t want to miss!

WoodxWata

Date of Event: December 26, 2023 & January 3, 2024

WoodxWatta stands as Ghana’s freshest Afro-Caribbean festival. This two-day festival boasts an Afro-Caribbean Business Brunch and a Bashment, with a primary focus on forging a new connection between Africa and the Caribbean, while providing maximum enjoyment to the community. The Afro-Caribbean Business Brunch is happening on December 26, 2023, followed by the Afro Bashment Party on January 3, 2024.

The Business Brunch on December 26th features engaging panel discussions centered around culture and business, with participation from some of the industry’s most esteemed representatives and investors. It emphasizes the collaborative potential of Ghana and the Caribbean, aiming to unlock opportunities in industry, trade, and investment between these regions. 

Meanwhile, Afro-Bashment on January 3rd is more than just a party; it offers a culturally immersive experience that celebrates the possibilities of our shared future and the collective liberation of the Black diaspora through Dancehall and Afrobeats. Attendees are currently enjoying the captivating sounds and vibes from some of Ghana and the Caribbean’s most renowned DJs, emcees, and producers, all while savoring authentic Jamaican cuisine.

Intimate! NYE by Afropolitan Nation

Date of Event: December 31, 2023

Join Afropolitan Nation at Intimate! On December 31 in Nsoumnam, Accra for an unforgettable night of elegance and celebration, create lasting memories as you welcome 2023 in style! This event promises to be an New Year’s experience like no other with a luxurious garden party under the stars, gourmet cuisine, fine wines and cocktails, and a special performance by a top Afrobeats star. 

Tickets are available on Afropolitan Nation’s digital platform, Afropass, where you’ll also find and purchase tickets for a slew of other parties in Ghana this December.

AfroFuture x POV NYE Party

Date of Event: December 31, 2023

Celebrate New Year’s Eve like a VIP with AfroFuture x PVO to bring you an unforgettable New Years Eve Party. Of course, in true form for NYE around the world, party-goers dress to impress for a night of dancing and partying at Ghana’s hottest parties for the year. You will enjoy diversity in dance, beats, refreshments, food and conversation. This highly anticipated event will be held at La Palm Royal Beach in Accra.

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Daytime Activities in Ghana

If you love Ghana in December at night, wait until you see it in the morning. Ghana is rich in culture, and the government has done fantastic work in showcasing that culture in accessible ways.

Kokrobite Beach

Kokrobite Beach is a popular beach paradise in Ghana. Located just 30 km west of Accra, this untouched paradise offers pristine beaches, reggae rhythms, tropical vistas, and vibrant nightlife, making it a magnet for Rastafarians seeking respite from city life.

Kokrobite is renowned for its lively parties, conferences, and weekend gatherings where locals come together to dance, socialize, and savor seaside delights. For those craving an authentic African and Rastafarian experience, it’s the ultimate beach destination in Ghana.

This long, white-sand beach is fringed by coconut trees that provide shade and a source of coconuts. With its gentle, warm waters and soft surf, Kokrobite offers a serene escape. Rustic huts made from palm and coconut branches provide shelter from the midday sun and storage for personal items. Experience Ghana’s natural beauty and vibrant culture at Kokrobite Beach, where unforgettable moments await.

The National Museum

Established in 1957, after Ghana’s independence from England, the National Museum of Ghana is the oldest and largest of six museums in the country. A visit to the museum is a journey through all of history. The exhibits are varied with the oldest dating back to the Stone Age. From there you can experience a condensed timeline of the country, detailing the dress, art, and music as it evolved.

Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and Mausoleum

Part park, part museum, the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park is attributed to Ghana’s first president, and one of the great humanists and Africanists in world history, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. The mausoleum, designed by Ghanaian architect Don Arthur, holds the final resting place of Ghana’s first president and his wife Fathia Nkrumah. It’s designed to resemble a sword plunged into the earth, which is a symbol piece among the Akan people, a native Ghanaian ethnicity.

The marble floors in the mausoleum reflect the light coming from the purposefully designed skylight, illuminating the late president’s grave at the right time. Coupled with the vibrancy of nature, and the water around the Park, the entire building is a tribute to Nkrumah — even in death, his inspiration and guidance live on in the land and the people.

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Labadi Beach

Who says you need to leave the city to go to the beach? Labadi Beach, also known as La Pleasure Beach, can be found in the suburbs of Labadi in Accra. By far the most popular beach in Ghana, and yet it’s kept immaculately clean. The pristine white shore is dotted with coconut palms creating a truly picturesque setting.

Many bars and street food vendors line the beach offering a variety of local offerings including kebabs, tilapia, Jollof, and locally brewed alcohol. If you’re staying at one of the beachfront hotels, admission is free, else it’s 2.30 USD per person.

Cape Coast Castle

Discover the haunting beauty and profound history of Cape Coast Castle in Ghana, a must-visit destination for travelers seeking a transformative journey. This iconic fortress stands as a poignant reminder of the transatlantic slave trade, offering a glimpse into a dark chapter of human history.

As you explore the castle’s ancient walls, underground dungeons, and echoing chambers, you’ll be transported back in time. Cape Coast Castle’s captivating architecture and dramatic oceanfront setting create an atmosphere that’s both haunting and breathtaking.

Immerse yourself in the stories of resilience and hope that have risen from this historic site, and pay tribute to the countless souls who passed through its gates. A visit to Cape Coast Castle is a powerful and educational experience, allowing you to connect with the past while embracing the beauty of Ghana’s coastline. Join us on a journey of exploration and reflection, and let Cape Coast Castle leave an indelible mark on your heart.

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Where To Eat in Ghana

Food in Ghana is simply delicious, and if you’re coming from the diaspora, you’ll definitely notice some connections with your traditional fare. If you’re in Ghana in December, be sure to check out these tasty spots that are not only good on the taste buds, but also great dining experiences too.

No. X

No. X is a vibrant restaurant and bar located in the heart of Ghana, where a relaxed atmosphere meets a diverse menu. Whether you’re looking for a delectable dinner, refreshing drinks, or a sensational Sunday brunch, No. X menus are thoughtfully curated to showcase locally-sourced ingredients infused with global flavors. We take immense pride in our extensive selection of gins and whiskeys. Additionally, their cocktail menu offers a mix of timeless classics like the Paloma and the Bramble, along with exclusive house creations like the “Anyone for Tennis?” This signature drink draws inspiration from Wimbledon’s famous strawberries and cream, blending rum, pink gin, strawberry liqueur, limoncello, strawberry puree, lemon, and cream, delivering a unique and spirited experience right here in Ghana.

Starbites

Starbites is your go-to destination for a diverse dining experience. This renowned restaurant has established itself as a popular choice in Accra, boasting multiple branches scattered across various neighborhoods. Starbites offers various formats, including smaller, quick “express/grab-and-go” locations. However, for a complete dining experience, we recommend visiting one of our full-service restaurants, such as the one in East Legon. Starbites menu leans towards the intercontinental side, ensuring a wide range of choices to cater to diverse tastes.

Buka

Every foodie needs to make a stop at Buka. The almost 20-year-old local restaurant in Ghana combines traditional recipes with premium ingredients, all while keeping its prices affordable for the working-class Ghanaian. We’re talking real Ghanaian food here, everything from fish stew, and gari fotor to peppered snails and gizzards. The restaurant has grown in size since its humble beginnings and can comfortably seat over 100 people, but don’t rely on that capacity to bail you out of making a reservation. Buka is no hidden gem, it’s the pearl of the town.

Skybar 25

Skybar 25 is at the top of most Ghana restaurant guides and for good reason. It’s all in the name; the luxurious rooftop restaurant has 360 views of the city of Accra, as it sits at the top of the Alto Tower, the tallest building in all of West Africa. It’s an breathtaking view, and the food is great too. Skybar 25 offers a gourmet spin on local favorites in addition to familiar international cuisine.

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Republic Bar

Republic Bar is styled as “more than a bar”, and it’s easy to see why. Republic Bar is the ultimate restaurant and bar with a mission. The specialty bar aims to play its role in celebrating both indigenous and diasporic Ghanaian culture. To that effect, the mouthwatering food is partnered with incredible live performances from local artists who are both established and looking to make a name for themselves. Be sure to try their famous hibiscus drink while you’re there!

Soul Restaurant and Bar

Introducing Soul Restaurant and Bar, a must-visit gem nestled in the vibrant heart of East Legon, Ghana. Immerse yourself in the epitome of class and chic as Soul Restaurant and Bar promises a dining experience like no other. Step into a world of exquisite interior decor that radiates upscale elegance, with an ambiance that truly comes alive, especially during those enchanting dinner hours. Soul Restaurant and Bar prides itself on an expansive menu that caters to every palate. Whether your cravings lean towards the freshest seafood, the rich and flavorful Ghanaian cuisine, or the timeless comfort of classic pizza, Soul is your gastronomic haven. Explore a symphony of flavors and sensations that will leave you craving for more.

Honeysuckle Pub & Restaurant

Discover the ultimate fusion of culinary delights and sports entertainment at Honeysuckle Pub & Restaurant, a must-visit destination across East Legon, Airport, Labone, and Osu in Accra. Honeysuckle establishments redefine the art of leisure, offering an immersive experience where gastronomy meets the thrill of catching the latest sports games on colossal screens. When there’s a monumental match on the horizon, Honeysuckle emerges as the undisputed hotspot in Accra, ensuring you won’t miss a moment of the action.But even if you’re not a die-hard sports enthusiast, Honeysuckle beckons with its delectable culinary offerings. As the sun sets, the atmosphere transforms into a haven of relaxation, where chill vibes reign supreme. Honeysuckle has carved a reputation for its sensational wings, and the entire menu is a testament to culinary excellence. Savor the flavors that define Honeysuckle and elevate your dining experience to new heights.

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Hotels & Where To Stay in Ghana in December

When you’re taking a break from partying in Ghana in December, you’re going to need somewhere to rest your head. Luckily, there are options for every budget and lifestyle.

The Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City

The most expensive option, but well worth it, and a local attraction in itself. The only 5-star luxury hotel in all of Accra, with beautiful modern suites that overlook the city. It’s prime real estate located in the downtown business district. From there, it’s a short cab ride to the Accra Art Centre or the National Theatre.

Accra Luxury Apartments

For a more affordable option, Accra Luxury Apartments has you covered across its four locations. Facilitating stays up until a month, and rooms are regularly discounted to under 100 USD.

There’s no skimping on the experience either. Combining the premium allure of a hotel’s facilities, with the spacious and comfortable living conditions of a top-end apartment, you get the best of both worlds whether you’re in Ghana for a week or an entire month.

Number One Oxford

Located in the up-and-coming Osu neighborhood, Number One Oxford Street promises unparalleled luxury with flexible pricing. Ideally situated within the bustling financial district, visitors are treated to incomparable views of the ocean and the city line while being a stone’s throw from many of Accra’s tourist offerings.

A modern offering, Number One Oxford offers everything from children’s activities, gyms, transportation to and from the airport, and soundproof rooms, in addition to all the amenities you’d expect from a world-class hotel.

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