The Calabar Festival is definitely the biggest and longest tourism leisure and entertainment programme in West Africa.
32 days of exciting events, colorful activities and unprecedented yearly participation by close to a million people from all over the world.
Today, it is arguably Nigeria’s strongest tourism brand.
The Festival starts with the Tree-Lighting ceremony on the 30th of November at the Millennium Park, Calabar and culminates in the Thanksgiving Ceremony on 1st January of the succeeding year.
In between, there are musical concerts, awareness campaigns and seminars on contemporary issues of global concerns, children Christmas Camp, theatre performances, vocational trainings for youth, Fashion and Food Fairs, a weekend at the Obudu Ranch Resort to celebrate Africa, and so many other side attractions. Of course there is also a two-day Carnival Calabar to spice up the season.
The highlight of the Festival is the exciting and colorful Carnival Calabar.
The Carnival, tagged 'Africa’s Biggest Street Party', is a unique visual display of innovation and creativity, featuring cultural influences and traditions from the past and the present in its costumes, drama, dance and music.
Every December, all roads lead to the beautiful city of Calabar, for the Calabar Festival.
Thinking of where to go this December?? Calabar is the place to be!!!