Saint Nicolas Day in Aruba 2018 | Aruba, Dates , Venues & Tickets
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Saint Nicolas Day in Aruba 2018

Where:   Oranjestad, Aruba
When:    Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Details are subject to change by the organizers, for final event location & dates, check "Event related information" section below.
Every year the children of Aruba, which is located on the Caribbean Sea north to Paraguaná, Venezuela peninsula, celebrate Saint Nicolas (in Dutch Sinterklaas) holiday.
The main event is held on Oranjestad harbor where the island’s children wait for Saint Nicolas boat that arrive from the sea with his companion Black Peter (Zwarte Pieten).
According to tradition, the saint and his companion rise from the sea, distributing gifts and sweets to children who are good all year round.
Several days before the arrival of the saint, the children place their shoes outside the house hoping that on the next morning they’ll find St. Nicholas gifts.
During the feast day which is always on December 5th various events for children are held.
More about, venue information show time / schedule of events, how to get, etc, is present in the festival's link website below, under "Event Related Information" section.
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Aruba Tourism Authority
Tel: (297) 582-3777
Fax: (297) 583-7403

Oranjestad travel information
Dialing code: 297
Longitude: -70.03333°
Latitude: 12.51667°
Aruba information address: ARUBA TOURISM AUTHORITY L.G. Smith Blvd. 172 Eagle, Aruba Dutch Caribbean Phone: International code +(297) 582-3777 Fax: International code +(297) 583-4702
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Aruba country details
Location: Caribbean, island in the Caribbean Sea, north of Venezuela.
Capital: Oranjestad
Currency: Aruban guilder/florin (AWG)
Voltage and Frequency: 127V 60Hz (Lago Colony 115V)
Dialing country code: +297
Language: Dutch (official), Papiamento (a Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, English dialect), English (widely spoken), Spanish.

Aruba background and overview:
Discovered and claimed for Spain in 1499, Aruba was acquired by the Dutch in 1636. The island's economy has been dominated by three main industries. A 19th century gold rush was followed by prosperity brought on by the opening in 1924 of an oil refinery. The last decades of the 20th century saw a boom in the tourism industry. Aruba seceded from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986 and became a separate, autonomous member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Movement toward full independence was halted at Aruba's request in 1990.

[Courtesy of The World Factbook]