First of all, Happy New Year!
Secondly, please don’t waste your good time trying to find a place in Rwanda to celebrate New Year’s Eve and the New Year—we got you!
Around the world, people look forward to the next few days—the end and start of a new year.
In Rwanda, celebrations go on until the early morning, with some prolonging to the evening of January 1.
In this piece we’ve narrowed the list of Rwanda’s top places to call in the New Year, as you listen to your favorite musicians and watch fireworks.
Here we go!
Patoranking at Radisson Blu and Convention Centre
For the last few years, Radisson Blu and Kigali Convention Centre have become the place to be on New Year’s Eve, especially because of the top musicians flown in to usher Rwandans into the New Year.
Nigerian musician, Patoranking, is the main act this year.
The My Woman star will be joined on stage by compatriot, Simi, and our very own Bruce Melodie and Charly na Nina. Dj Miller will be on the ones & twos.
Don’t miss a spectacular scenery of fireworks when it clocks midnight. Entrance is Rwf 20,000.
Riders Lounge at Kigali Heights
Just opposite Radisson Blu and Kigali Convention Centre, is Kigali Heights with a couple of cool places to catch the New Year’s Eve fireworks.
At Riders Lounge, you can come through with your friends, book a table and enjoy some food and drinks as you wait for the fireworks just across the street.
If you can’t make it to Radisson Blu or Riders Lounge, join other merrymakers at the Kimihurura round-about for fireworks and a host of musicians who will be entertaining revelers on New Year’s Eve.
NYE Gala Dinner at Marriott Hotel
Fans of Masamba Intore, King James and Jules Sentore are in for a treat this New Year’s Eve when the trio perform at Kigali Marriott Hotel – Kilimanjor Ballroom. Entrance is Rwf35,000 (food inclusive) and the fun starts at 8pm.
ROC NYE Bonaane Dance Party at Serena Hotel
Rock Events and RG Consult also have some New Year’s Eve event dubbed “ROC NYE Bonaane Dance Party” at Kigali Serena Hotel.
Renowned DJ Fully Focus from Atlanta will be the chief entertainer and he’ll be assisted by Selector Copain, Neptunez DJs, DJ Kiss and DJ Jullz. Heinekens on discount.
Get your tickets from rgtickets.com at Rwf5,000 or carry Rwf10,000 at the gate.
NYE Green Room Night at The Manor Hotel
Heineken will be served in pretty at the “NYE Green Room Night” at The Manor Hotel’s Billionaires VIP Club on New Year’s eve as you listen to music by DJ Africano and Kigali’s newest lady DJ Alikool.
Entrance is free for those who get there before 11pm and Rwf5,000 later.
Meddy at East African Party
For eleven years now, Boubou’s East African Party has organized a show every New Year’s Day.
This time, they’ve brought in local favourite Meddy, and he’ll be joined on stage by Riderman, Bruce Melodie, Social Mulla and Buravan. Show takes place at Amahoro National Stadium parking.
Entrance is Rwf5,000 and Rwf10,000 for ordinary and VIP tickets respectively.
Old Skool Party at Sunset Gardens
Sunset Gardens in Nyarutarama has an early New Year bash going on this Sunday, December 30.
James and Johnny will be hosting an Old Skool Party and BBQ at the poolside. For Rwf15,000, you get to eat until you drop and drinks have been discounted.
DJ Pius and DJ Marnaud at People Club
On Saturday 29, you can start your end of year celebrations early by attending DJ Pius and DJ Marnaud‘s, “Ribuyu Night” at People’s Club in Kacyiru. Entrance is Rwf5,000.
Clubs and Pubs
A number of clubs and pubs will also be open throughout this weekend until the New Year.
Voltage Club (former K-Club), New Cadillac at UTC, People Club, Envy will all be ready to host you as you start the New Year.
514, Rosty, Fuschia, Oyster Bar and the whole Kisementi area also provide a good ambiance for whoever wants to celebrate the end of 2018 and start of 2019.
Brunch… Boozy Breakfast at Choma’d
You want to kill the hangover or continue partying throughout January 1? Go to Choma’d in Nyarutarama for brunch and a boozy breakfast.
A breakfast platter and unlimited cocktails will go for Rwf 20,000.
Starts at 4:00AM (yes, this will be the after-after-party) and the party goes on until 3:00PM in the afternoon.
Meddy at Voltage Club Opening
Voltage Club located at the former K-Club officially launches on Saturday December 31. Be sure to fall in with your crew, sip Luc Belaire and enjoy Kigali’s newest addition as you listen to music by DJ Diallo, DJ Julzz and DJ Yellow.
Fireworks at KCC, Rebero, Mont Kigali, Bumbogo
You might have all the fun, attend all concerts but nothing beats a New Year that kicks off with dazzling fireworks.
The City of Kigali has set up four places: Kigali Convention Centre, Rebero Hill, Mont Kigali, Bumbogo as the places to watch fireworks when the New Year starts 00:00.
~ HAPPY NEW YEAR ~