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Welcome back to the latest episode of This Week in Aruba, which covers the events from Friday, November 30th to Thursday, December 6th also known as timeshare week 48. On this episode, we will bring you the latest events and happenings in Aruba.


The shout-out for this week goes to Gae Bailey, who is from up north in the New England area and is one of the biggest Aruba fans that I know. She and her husband Charlie were guests in One Happy Podcast Episode 82.


Now we’re gonna jump into the events section.




Aruba Wine Week (with wine pairings and specials)

When: 30 November - 5 December

Where: Aruba



👉 [ ARUBA WINE WEEK 2018 ] 🍷🥂


Hurray, it’s time for a yummy week with lots of wine: WINE WEEK ARUBA. From November 28 through December 5 there will be tastings, pairings and loads of fun at several wonderful restaurants on the island. Ten venues, ten wineries and ten tastings are on the menu. Of course, there will be great deals to be had as well. For example, the whole week it’s just $5 per glass of an amazing and special wine selection and $25 per bottle.


👉 FOOD & WINE PAIRING EVENTS: A premium selection of bars and restaurants is hosting a Fish & Wine tasting, a Vegan Food & Wine pairing, a Meat and Wine tasting, Wine and Hors d’Oeuvres, a European Food & Wine Pairing, an Asian Food & Wine and Saké pairing, a Today’s Catch and Wine pairing, a Tapas and Wine pairing and a Seafood and Wine pairing. And the amazing thing is… each of these pairing events is just $20 per person. You will be served four high-end wines paired with four gourmet bites. Wouldn’t you like to attend one, two or all of them? We recommend making reservations early in advance, as seating is limited to 15 people per tasting.


👉 CULINARY PAIRING DINNER: On Saturday December 1st there will be a culinary 5-course Food & Wine dinner at Hadicurari restaurant, hosted by a sommelier. The price for this gastronomic dinner which includes wines, is just $75 per person. Reservations are needed, as such events sell out quickly.


Are you interested? You can learn more about the event and venues at Just remember that this year’s month of December starts off great with a yummy Wine Week! Enjoy!



- Cafe the Plaza

- Dragonfly

- Fishes & More

- Hadicurari

- Moomba Beach

- Nos Clubhuis

- Que Pasa?

- Salt & Pepper

- The Sopranos Piano Bar

- Tango Argentine Grill

- Indulge Catering


El Mexicano Restaurant & Sports Bar - Soft Opening

When: 30 November / 5:00-11:00pm

Where: Bushiri Karting Speedway (Bushiri 25, 0297 Oranjestad, Aruba)

Hosted by: El Mexicano Restaurant & Sports Bar Aruba


We will be opening our doors on Friday, November 30, 2018!🌮

Bring your family & friends for GOOD FOOD & GO-KARTS! 🎉


Bushiri Karting Speedway will have a special from 5pm to 10pm.🏎 10 min. rides will be only AFL. 15,- 🏁




Aquarius Holiday Lunch Buffet

When: Daily until 29 December / 12:00nn-3:30pm

Where: Aquarius (L.G. Smith Boulevard 82, 0000 Oranjestad, Aruba)



Celebrate the Holidays with a Festive Lunch Buffet.


Aquarius will be serving a Holiday Lunch for just $28.99 excluding service charge and local taxes. The perfect lunch for a corporate lunch celebration or Friends Holiday gathering.


The Holiday Lunch Buffet includes a market style salad bar, main dishes including 'Ayacas', Carving Station with Holiday Ham and Roasted Turkey, action Station and dessert station.


For more information or reservations, please call 5236156. Reservations are highly recommended.


Christmas Dinner at Mi Dudu!

When: Daily until 25 December / 4:00-11:00pm

Where: Mi Dudu Bar Restaurant (Moko 10d, 297 Oranjestad, Aruba)


Make your plans now for your group #ChristmasDinner here at Mi Dudu Bar Restaurant with two special #Christmas menus you will love! We open daily at 4pm (closed Mondays). Reserve a table by calling 592-7445! #LocalFoodAruba #RestaurantAruba




Konnichi WaW Sushi Night at BLUE

When: 1 December (Sat) / 6:00-10:00pm

Where: Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino



Join us at Renaissance Aruba's BLUE Bar for an unforgettable Saturday evening featuring an eclectic menu of handcrafted sushi selections, imported wine and beers from Japan, authentic sake, and a LIVE sushi-making station run by its very own sushi chef!


RAW has never tasted so good!


European Food & Wine Pairing event for just $20 per person

When: 3 December (Mon) / 6:00-8:00am

Where: Café the Plaza (L.G. Smith Boulevard, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)



During WINE WEEK ARUBA Café the Plaza is hosting a EUROPEAN FOOD & WINE PAIRING EVENT on Monday December 3rd at 6pm. And the amazing thing is… this pairing event is just $20 per person. You will be served four high-end wines paired with four gourmet bites. Wouldn’t you like to attend? We recommend making reservations early in advance, as seating is limited to 15 people per tasting.


For reservations:, visit or call 583-8826.

More Pizza ~ More Pasta ~ That's Amore!

When: 3 December (Mon) / 6:00-11:00pm

Where: Fresco (L.G. Smith Boulevard #82, Oranjestad, Aruba)



Feed your cravings for Italian at Fresco's 'That's Amore!'.


Join us every Monday for an all you can eat Pizza & Pasta for just $29 excl. service charge and local taxes.


A live Pasta station or build your own Pizza station is ready to satisfy your Italian cravings...and the best part; It's All You Can Eat!


Starting at 6PM with live music and an extensive Italian Wine list.


See you at 'That’s Amore!'


Dinner Under The Stars at Renaissance Island

When: 4 December (Tue) / 7:00-10:00pm

Where: Renaissance Private Island



Take a boat trip to Renaissance Island and let your taste buds travel to paradise.


Enjoy our 4-course dinner menu consisting of succulent Herb Crusted New Zealand Lamb Chops or locally caught Snapper, while your toes get pampered in our white secluded sand.


Our private dinner setting includes a welcome cocktail at Lucy's Dock (across the Renaissance Mall), boat trip to Renaissance Private Island, dinner on the beach and live entertainment for only $65 per person. Children from 5 to 12 yrs pay $32.50.


For more information or reservations, please contact one of our Navigators at 5236115


Barefoot Beach BBQ

When: 6 December (Thu) / 6:00-10:00pm

Where: Renaissance Ocean Suites



If you're not barefoot, then you're overdressed. Join us for the Barefoot Beach BBQ on the Renaissance Ocean Suites Beach!


A delicious BBQ made to order will be prepared for you accompanied by a build your own salad station, your choice of marinate, side dishes and a decadent dessert station.


Have some Family Fun around the grill with live music and a Beach Bar ready to serve you.


The all you can eat BBQ on the beach is only $35 per person and kids from 5 to 12yrs $17.50


Reservation is not required. Just walk-in and lets have some fun!



Sinterklaas visits Café the Plaza

When: 30 November (Fri) / 4:00-7:00pm

Where: Café the Plaza (L.G. Smith Boulevard, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)



It’s that time of the year again, when hearts start beating a little bit faster, when there is a handful of hay and a carrot lying around, waiting to be put into small shoes. Yes, it is the exciting month of Sinterklaas! And that means little smiling faces, presents and lots of fun.


At Café the Plaza the fun starts on Friday, November 30th when Sinterklaas and his Peters are in a great mood as they can meet and spoil quite a few children.


There will be presents (parents are requested to bring one gift per child in advance to Café the Plaza and there will be a small gift from the Sint as well), sweets, coloring plates, singing, face painting and music. There is a special Children’s Menu available during the Sinterklaas afternoon.


As space is limited, parents are asked to register their children in advance via 583-8826, email or via the website Welcome, Sinterklaasje!!


CrossFit Eximious 462

When: 1 December (Sat) / 10:00am & 2 December (Sun) / 3:00pm

Where: CrossFit Eximious 462 (Wayaca 43A, 00000 Oranjestad, Aruba)



Get ready to start together and finish together!!


That's right! 1st & 2nd of December we will be hosting a Inhouse Duo Competition!


This means a duo of Male and Female will compete in the Scaled & Intermediate divisions! We will be having prizes for the top 3 teams in both divisions! All we need is your participation!


First if you are interested! Please write your name at the receptionist. Teams will be picked out randomly one week before competition.


So you will have time to train with your partner. We encourage everyone to participate and give this a try!


We will be celebrating also our first anniversary!!


So lets make it count and have some fun! Get ready!


Cause its always time to keep on chasing excellence.


Winter Wonderland

When: 1 December (Sat) / 6:00-10:00pm

Where: Renaissance | Mall & Marketplace



It’s the most wonderful time of the year.


Renaissance Marketplace is ready to take you once again to the magical world of WINTER WONDERLAND!

Discover all the magic that this season has to offer during the Winter Wonderland days at Renaissance Marketplace.


December 1st till December 23rd with daily LIVE Musical entertainment, The famous Ice Skating court, Meet & Greet with Santa and his Elves, the Wonderful village with Christmas cottages offering Seasonal delights. Starting at 6PM till 10PM every night.


Join us as we fill you with Christmas spirit for this Joyous season.


*All proceeds of the Ice Skating Court will go to charity.


Beauty Sunday | Botica di Servicio Eagle

When: 2 December (Sun) / 10:00am-2:00pm

Where: Botica di Servicio (Caya Punta Brabo 17, Oranjestad, Aruba)



Sundays are for pampering yourself so we want to invite YOU to our Beauty Sunday taking place on Sunday, December 2nd at our Eagle location.


On Beauty Sunday we will have lots of activities and promotions. The first 50 customers that make a purchase will receive a goody bag (minimum purchase of Afl 50,-) and we will have special discounts on selected gift sets! Just in time for your holiday shopping.


Kosmetikos Aruba will be present with Clairol to give hair coloring advice.

  • We will have two invited make-up artists who will be giving makeovers and receive a FREE bag with your purchase!
  • Receive a free Cutex by Revlon nail polish with a purchase and get these applied to your nails courtesy of Rockstar Nails & Spa!


Laboratorio di Servicio will offer a free health checkup!


Aruba Vision Center will offer a free eye pressure test and consults as well.


Our very own Dea Shamila Thijsen will be giving 10-min foot reflexology sessions with a purchase of any foot care products.


Courtesy of Oduber Agencies Aruba:

  • Promotion on Conair products and demonstration
  • Exclusive promotion on RenPure shampoo and conditioners


Courtesy of Romar Trading:

  • A skin specialist will be present with L'oreal and Garnier to give advice about face care. Bonus: FREE gift with purchase.


Courtesy of COMPRA LTD.:

  • Special promotion on Crest & Oral B. Buy 3 items and get the 4th one free! Bonus: participate to win Aruba Fashion week tickets!


Courtesy of Manrique Capriles Aruba:

  • Promotion on Jergens body lotion
  • Promotion on Alpha vitamin supplement
  • Free tasting and promotion of Mighty Muscadine


Aruba Ultrasound will be present to answer any questions you may have and you also have the opportunity to make an appointment!


We will also have delicious holiday-themed bites outside of Botica di Servicio Eagle! Make sure not to miss out on our Beauty Sunday event. Shop, snack, and take advantage of all the promotions and offers that we will be having!



Local Art Market

When: 4 December (Tue) / 5:00 - 9:00pm (weekly recurring event until May 2019)

Where: Catalog Aruba's Hands by Gaby




Find Local Art every Tuesday at Aruba's Hands with Gaby!


We have Murano Glass or Sea Glass that are just unique and different. Looking forward to see you there my friends!



Fundraiser Show & Dinner Event

When: 1 December (Sat) / 8:00-10:00pm

Where: Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives


Hosted by: Hosted by Barracudas Aruba (


The Barracudas Synchro Aruba invites you to celebrate with us the 45th anniversary of Synchronized swimming on Aruba (1973-2018). Over 50 athletes, coaches and parent volunteers will collaborate this year to put together a unique fundraiser show and dinner event: “The Barracudas Synchro Aruba presents: A Tribute to Cirque du Soleil” which will take place on December 1, 2018 at the magnificent Divi Aruba All Inclusive. Doors open at 7:30pm and the performance begins at 8:00pm.


An exclusive show that will showcase synchronized swimming in an artistic format complete with lights, props and glittering costumes. The Divi Aruba All Inclusive will prepare a tantalizing Christmas dinner menu for the evening to complete the experience.


The show is created over a 2-month period with choreographed and customized routines based on highlights from the 2017/2018 competitive season. The athletes train 3-4 hours a day and more to be sure they perfect the routines for the show.

Tickets will be sold by athletes and can be reserved by filling in a form available online at Contribution is Awg.125,- per person or Awg. 750,- per table of six (6) persons, and includes a mesmerizing show featuring all athletes, a circus show, three-course dinner buffet, welcome drink plus one beverage. Additional beverages will be available for purchase.


We would like to cordially invite the community of Aruba to join us and celebrate the season this year in a unique setting, while also contributing to a good cause.


As a sports organization, our mission is to recruit, prepare and develop athletes at all levels and abilities to achieve their full potential in the sport of synchronized swimming. A well-structured environment that nurtures athletes to be able to have fun, make new friends, strive for excellence and learn about participating and competing in a demanding team sport.

For information about the event please visit our facebook page @barracudas.aruba or contact us at


Energy Fusion

When: 1 December (Sat) / 8:30pm

Where: Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives



ENERGY FUSION is performed at the Tamarijn Hotel by the Popcorn Dancers, one of Aruba's best Youth Dance groups. During the show the performers will entertain you with the most popular Modern, Caribbean, Latin & Local dance rhythms on the island. The Popcorn Dancers & magicians Jovi & Tridini are determined to bring pleasure for your eyes, ears, heart & soul.


Joy of Aruba

When: 3 December (Mon) / 9:00 - 10:00pm

Where: Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives




Joy of Aruba is performed at the Divi Divi Hotel by the Popcorn Dancers, one of Aruba's best Youth Dance Group. The performers will be presenting the most popular folkloric & modern music and dance of the island of Aruba. The Popcorn Dancers are determined to bring pleasure for your eyes, ears, heart & soul.


Bon Bini Festival

When: 4 December (Tue) / 6:00 - 9:00pm

Where: Fort Zoutman




At the Bon Bini Festival the visitors will enjoy an evening filled with history, local arts & crafts, local food & drinks, poetry, film, live performance of folkloric & carnival music. The Popcorn Dancers will be presenting the folkloric dance rhythms & the carnival rhythm of Aruba


Guy Bavli: Master of the Mind

When: 4-5 December (Tue-Wed) / 8:00pm (recurring event every Tue, Wed, or Thu until Jan. 3, 2019)

Where: Alhambra Casino & Ballroom





Come join hilarious mentalist, Guy Bavli, also known as KINETIC MAN from Stan Lee's Superhumans. Take a journey into the mysteries of the human mind.


Bavli starred in over 400 television shows, toured in 60 countries worldwide and headlined more than 1200 shows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.


Bavli is headlining in Aruba with his Award-Winning show – NOW APPEARING WEEKLY AT THE ALHAMBRA CASINO & BALLROOM - every Tuesday & Wednesday.




Reserve your tickets today! Tickets are also available for walk-in at the door if there are available seats left. We recommend to pre order as we tend to sell out every show! (Come early at 7:00 for tickets at the door).


  • Doors open: 7:30 pm (Open seating – unless you have VIP package, then reserved VIP seating will be kept for you!)
  • Show time: 08:00 pm
  • Show is about 2 hours long, with short intermission.
  • Cash Bar is available at the lobby.




Aruba Sinatra Dinner Show at The Old Cunucu House Restaurant

When: 6 December (Thu) / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: The Old Cunucu House (Palm Beach 150, 0000 Palm Beach, Aruba)



Are you searching for things to do in Aruba? Aruba Sinatra Shows started 6 years ago and we would like to celebrate it with you while enjoying the good things of life any time this year. After more than 300 weekly performances Aruba Sinatra Shows is one of the longest running productions in Aruba!


Experience beautiful composed, orchestrated and arranged music with wonderful romantic lyrics sung by Fred de Jong. Order local food and delicious drinks while watching our Aruba Sinatra Dinner Show at The Old Cunucu House Restaurant or ask for our Dinner Special Menu.


Live entertainment every Thursday from 7:30 till 9:30 pm featuring songs like:"Fly Me To The Moon", "I've Got The World On A String", "I've Got You Under My Skin", "My Way", "New York - New York", "The Way You Look Tonight" and many more...


The Show Ticket is only $15.00 per person (food and drinks, transportation, gratuities not included). During the show you can eat and drink something a la carte.




Barney’s Restaurant

(Palm Beach 21 A Palm Beach, Aruba)


– Karaoke Nights every Fridays, starting at 10:00 pm


Soprano’s Piano Bar

(Lloyd G. Smith Boulevard 370, Noord, Aruba)


– Unplugged Nights every Saturdays, starting at 8:00 pm


Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 51, Oranjestad)


– Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 9:00 – 11:00 pm


7 Club Lounge Bar

(Windstraat 32, Oranjestad, Aruba)


– Karaoke Nights every Wednesdays, 7:00 pm – 2:00 am


Rock’n'Rock(Caya Taratata, Coral Plaza 15 L-3, Pos Abao, AW Oranjestad)


– Rockaoke every Wednesdays, 10:00 pm - 1:00 am


Ricardo’s Restaurant & Bar

(J.E. Irausquin Blvd 53, Aruba)


– Karaoke Dance Party! every Thursdays, starting at 9:00 pm


The Rose Bar & Lounge Restaurant

(Boegoeroei 11-Z, Noord)


– Karaoke Happy Hour every Thursdays, starting at 6:00 pm


What goes on at Bugaloe?

J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 79, Palm Beach, Aruba


Friday, 30 November: Travel Session Band & Lieke

Every Friday Bugaloe invites you on the dance floor with catching tunes of all time hits! Live music by the Travel Session Band joined by Bugaloe singer Lieke between 7-10pm. This is how life is supposed to be: Fun, Friends and Happiness! See you on Friday!

Saturday, 1 December: Spareribs and Karaoke Night

Every Saturday we welcome you to enjoy our delicious falling off-the-bone tender Spareribs for only $12,50! Later that night it’s karaoke! Hosted by Aruba’s number one entertainer Giovanni Trim! We will see you on Saturday between 8.30 pm and 11.30 pm for karaoke! Don’t be afraid to enter the stage, the stage is yours! Free entrance.

Sunday, 2 December: Travel Session Band

Sunday night means Travel Session Night! Every week the Travel Session Band is performing live on stage at Bugaloe, with your all-time favorite hits from the 80’s, 90’s and nowadays. So, come on and dance, sing, swing... but most of all: have fun! Sunday night is your night out! Live music from 7 till 10 pm.

Tuesday, 4 December: Joyride Band

Every Tuesday from 7 till 10 pm Joyride Band live with a variety of 80’s, 90’s and all-time hits!  Ease out your day and enjoy your cocktail while the sun sets from Bugaloe’s pier. Most of all: have fun! Tuesday night is your night out!

Wednesday, 5 December: Salsa Night

Bugaloe hosts a weekly FREE Salsa & Merengue workshop! Every Wednesday from 8.30-9.30 pm we will show you the ins and outs of Latin dancing. Our Motto: Everybody can dance! The whole night Salsa music will be played to set the mood. Whether you want to dance the night away or just relax and enjoy the tunes of salsa music, it's a perfect night out!


What goes on at MooMba?JE Irausquin Blvd. 230, Palm Beach, Aruba


Friday/Sunday, 30 November/2 December (6:00pm):All you can eat BBQ Buffet at MooMba Beach


A fantastic BBQ buffet awaits you on Fridays and Sundays..


Fridays and Sundays at MooMba are fantastic: there is a BBQ buffet with All-u-can-eat ribs, chicken saté, sausages, beef steak, chicken legs, a salad bar, corn on the cob, rice, potato wedges and various home-made sauces. The buffet is open from 6 pm until 10 pm. At the bar you will find on Friday a Happy Hour from 6 - 7 pm and from 10 - 11 pm. On Sunday there is live music at the bar as well from 7 pm until 10 pm and from 10 - 1 am the resident DJ’s will be playing.


Expect spectacular sunsets and enjoy wearing your coolest beach outfits and flip-flops for the MooMba BBQ. Be prepared to dance... You'll love it!


Friday, 30 November (8:00pm): Latin Night with C-Zar Olarte LIVE

Friday nights are for the Latin lovers as C-Zar Olarte takes the lead by singing and plating the hottest Latin beats. His distinctive voice is amazing, and his highest notes can put a lady's pipes to shame. Singing a wide variety of styles, such as merengue and salsa, C-Zar is popular among locals as well as visitors.


Everyone's sandy feet are itching to dance when hearing C-Zar perform at MooMba Beach. The always mellow vibes at MooMba, the relaxed atmosphere and terrific cocktails make even the timidest of us lose their inhibitions, but on Friday Nights, it is Latin party-time from the word go.


So, come on down to MooMba Beach to see international star C-Zar in action, dance and have fun! Latin Night starts at 9pm and the entrance is free


Saturday, 1 December (2:00pm): Salt Grooves Beach Party at MooMba Beach

ATTENTION ALL PARTY GOERS: MooMba Beach is the location of a fabulous party that should not be missed. This Saturday, the Salty Grooves Beach Party is on: starting at 2 pm with top DJ's, the Chill (bucket) specials and the foam bath will be live in action. Oh, and don't forget all the sexy people going wild at MooMba... get ready!


Sponsored by Chill, the fun will continue until 7 pm.


So, all you Party Animals, you are invited to join the party – no entrance fee. Just bring yourself in your best party mood. Enjoy!


Wednesday, 5 December (6:00pm): Seafood & Wine pairing event at MooMba for just $20 per person

During WINE WEEK ARUBA, MooMba Beach is hosting a special SEAFOOD & WINE PAIRING EVENT on Wednesday, December 5th at 6pm. And the amazing thing is… this pairing event is just $20 per person. You will be served four high-end wines paired with four gourmet bites. Wouldn’t you like to attend? We recommend making reservations early in advance, as seating is limited to 15 people per tasting.


For reservations:, visit or call 586-5365


Thursday, 6 December (4:00pm): Thursday's Karaoke Party

Have you ever wanted to grab the mic and belt out a song?


Most people love to sing in the shower - there, in the privacy of this super small venue, they are superstars. But now they can take their aspirations one step further: sing their hearts out during Thursday afternoon’s Karaoke Party at MooMba Beach. It is a weekly event, held from 4 to 6 pm, and everyone can join in free of charge. Rasta Alvin is the host of the party, which features bucket specials on Heineken, Amstel Bright, Chill and Balashi beer.


Be bold, break the mold, step out of your comfort zone and grab the microphone. Just do it - it will be one more great memory of your trip to Aruba. And who knows: you might be discovered at MooMba!

Let’s look into the cruise ships schedule portion for this week.



Our topic for discussion this week are people and families who go to Aruba to spend the Holidays. It’s not always possible, but for those who can do this, do take this time that you have together and embrace it. Nevertheless, wherever you are, it’s still awesome. Because it’s not where you are, it’s who you’re with.

If there’s anything at all that you would like to suggest for the show or simply want to relay feedback, please do send me an email at or drop a voice message on our hotline number (302) 635-0815.

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