Kenyans flocked to Lunar Park to celebrate a modest Christmas, engaging in activities such as camel riding, merry-go-rounds, and face painting among others amid the hard-economic times that limited travel for many.
Kenyans began going into the park as early as 10 a.m. to commemorate the birth of Christ. While some participated in various activities, others simply sat and observed the city from the lush green grounds that had recently been remodelled.
The majority of park business owners stated that activity is up this season compared to 2021 since the economic consequences of Covid-19 had subsided.
According to John Mutiso, who was selling candy floss, his business has improved this year thanks to fewer Covid regulations.
He did, however, mention that most customers are struggling financially, therefore he reduced the price of candy floss from Sh100 to Sh50.
James Maina, who brought along a camel for rides, mirrored his comments.
Mary Owino who was operating a bouncing castle said business was booming for her as many kids urged their parents to pay for them Sh200 to enjoy the activity.
“My day has been busy as I serve clients here, it is better than last year,” she said.
The case was different for Rashid Iman, who sells popcorn, he said business was slow for him considering Uhuru park is still closed and also customers have been complaining about cost.
“We are trying our best but Kenyans are not doing well economically, I have even had to reduce the cost of popcorn from Sh100 to Sh50,” he said.
Despite the hard economic times, Kenyans have still ensured that they celebrate the birth of Christ as they hope for better times.
A recent industry report noted that Kenyans will be spending 17 per cent less on Christmas celebrations than they did in 2021.
The report by world remit was determined after comparing the cost of food and decor to the salaries of average citizens.
Kenyans have continued to face the brunt of the high cost of food, gasoline, and cooking in recent months, with the country's inflation rate reaching 9.5 per cent in November.