December 5th, 2012

Morning Kids!

If you’re a bit of a holiday grinch, then you probably won’t want to read today’s post as pretty much everything below is festive-themed fun.  There are also lots of opportunities to shop locally for unique Christmas gifts so please consider Buying Bermuda whenever possible, especially from small business owners.  Here are the latest Bermuda events:


In an attempt to whittle our waistlines, as well as spread some festive cheer to those less fortunate, Betty Dowling from B-Active for Life is holding a free Holiday Circuit and Toning Class on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays until December 12th.  In lieu of payment, she asks that you bring canned non-perishable items to contribute to the food hamper at the Hamilton Seventh-Day Adventist Church.  The classes will be on the 3rd floor of Bulls Head Car Park and will be at 9am on the Sundays and at noon on Wednesdays and Fridays.    For more details, contact 533-4451 or




Since it always pays to be safety-smart, Jiketsu Martial Arts, Fitness & Natural Healing Centre at the Old Berkeley Institute are offering a two-lesson Women’s Essential Self-Defense Course. This focuses on the three secrets of self-defense to help you win the fight before the first strike is even thrown.  This is on the next two Thursdays, December 6th and 13th from 5.30pm until 7.30pm  and costs $175. To register and receive your free report and information kit, contact 705-7541 or




It’s always nice to get presents so you’ll be glad to know that A.S. Cooper are currently running a special offer with Clarins.  Anyone who books an appointment with Aleida Amaya, their Clarins international skin and makeup consultant from the 6th to 8th of December will receive a free gift.  Spaces are limited by you can book your spot by calling 295-3961, ext. 403.





Want to take advantage of late-night shopping on Friday nights but can’t find appropriate childcare?  United Dance Productions might have the solution as they are offering Drop-off Child Care for kids aged 3 and older at their studio on Court Street (next to HSBC). The cost is $20 per child and $15 for each additional sibling, which includes a movie, hotdog, popcorn and a drink, with additional snacks are available for purchase. This is available every Friday between now and Christmas from 6.30pm until 9.30pm. Spaces are limited but you can call 541-9933 to leave a message. Proceeds will benefit UDP student dancers travelling to the Washington, DC Dance Conference in January, 2013.



My Sereni-Tea invite you to join them for special day of shopping and relaxation at their Christmas Open House on Saturday, December 8th.  From 9.30am until 6pm, you can enjoy discounts and prize draws, free Biomat Sessions all day, free Mini Reiki sessions (from 9.30am until 3pm), free 5 minute Mini Angel Card Readings (from 11.30am until 1pm), Face Painting (from 1pm until 3pm), tea tastings, homemade soup and works by Jennifer Rodrigues Designs and Jill Bentley’s Sea Glass & Pottery Jewelry.



The Bermuda High School (BHS) present their 2012 Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 8th. This will be from 10am until 3pm in the Jessie Vesey Sporting Centre at BHS and will feature over 20 vendors selling a variety of goods, including jewellery, crafts, accessories, food and much more, as well as photos with Santa from 11am until 1pm, a gift-wrapping station, a kids corner and pony rides all day.  Part proceeds will benefit the Financial Aid Fund at BHS.  For more information, see




Also on Saturday, December 8th, the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is hosting their Annual Children’s Reading Festival at Delta Winter Wonderland a.k.a. Victoria Park. With the aims of encouraging literacy and fostering a love of reading, while encouraging parents to understand how key it is to their children’s learning ability, this event will run from noon until 4pm, with fun castles, popcorn, activities for all ages, well-known public figures reading locally authored books in the gazebo and a very special guest who will be travelling all the way from the North Pole.  Not only is this all free but each child who attends will leave with a free book.


I’m not sure if this was planned to celebrate the Royal Pregnancy or if it is just coincidence, but Hog Penny are celebrating all things British from 10pm until 1am at their UK Pub Night on Saturday, December 8th. Will Black will be performing your favourite modern Brit hits from Oasis, Coldplay, Adele, Pulp, Radiohead, The Verve and Snow Patrol, as well as  classics from the Rolling Stones, Def Leppard, Queen, Eric Clapton, Billy Idol, Culture Club, George Michael, Led Zeppelin and more.



Lots of holiday fun for everyone in the West as the Royal Naval Dockyard are promising such festive treats as choirs, magic shows, puppet shows, bell ringers, Santa and more from noon until 5pm on Sundays in December.  Some extra incentives include free childcare, free parking, free gift delivery and free gift-wrapping.



La Serena Spa at The Reefs are hosting a Christmas Open House Event on Thursday, December 13th.  This will be from 6pm and will include 10% off all retail items, 10% off any services booked on the night, 5% off Elemis Gift Sets, complimentary ‘taster’ treatments, wine and h’ors doeuvres.  To RSVP and book your taster treatments, contact 239 -0184 or




Holy Trinity Church in Hamilton Parish will be hosting a special Service of Lessons and Carols by Candlelight on Sunday, December 16th.  This will be from 6pm and all are welcome to come and sing some of your favourite carols. For more details call the Church on 293-5366 or 293-1710.





Looking for something fun for kids aged between 5 and 10? Registration is now open for the Sandys 360 Winter Wonderland Camp 2012. The camp will run from December 17th until the 31st (closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day) from 8am until 6pm and will include Winter-themed activities such as Winter treat making, Winter Olympics and Winter crafts. The camp will be open from December 17th until the 21st for $100, which includes the cost of Afterschool Programme, and $30 per day or $180 from December 20th until the 31st. For more information, contact Tia Tankard at or call 234-6195.


Showcasing the range and diversity of career opportunities in the hospitality industry, the Bermuda Hospitality Institute’s Annual Student Roundtable Discussion and Networking Event will be on Tuesday, December 18th. From 5.30pm until 8pm at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess, this will feature student roundtable discussions hosted by industry professionals, interactive discussion panels for parents, prize draws (win an iPad mini) and, of course, lots of networking opportunities. This event is open to graduating high school students, college student, and their parents and you can secure an invitation by contacting BHI by December 11th on, 295-5049 or from their website at



Are you a student interested in an evening of networking, information and team challenges with a major Bermuda employer?  HSBC Bermuda Graduate Trainees are hosting a Holiday Social Event on Wednesday, December 19th on the 6th Floor of the Harbourview Centre on Front Street.  From 5.30pm until 8pm, you can enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres, as well as prizes and giveaways.  To RSVP, please contact Ronette Burchall at 299-6428 or by Friday, December 14th.



Can’t wait for Christmas Day to have Christmas Dinner?  Newport Gastropub are offering a festive 3-course set menu dinner from 5pm until 10pm on Sunday, December 23rd until Christmas Day itself.  The cost is $56, including grats, and reservations are required





Lido Dining and Entertainment Complex are giving us lots of options for the holiday season. On Christmas Day, they will be offering a Full International Brunch at Lido Restaurant at a cost of $55 per person, or 50% off for kids under 10. The first sitting is from 11am until 11.30am and the second sitting is from 1.30pm until 2pm. From 6.30pm until 9.30pm, there will be a special A La Carte Dinner and the Deep Nightclub and Lounge will be open from 6.30pm until midnight.   On New Year’s Eve, Lido Restaurant will be offering a Gala Dinner with open sitting from 7pm and the last reservation at 8.30pm. The cost is $95 per person and includes a five course set menu and fireworks at midnight. The Deep Lounge and Nightclub will be open for dancing until 3am at the cost of $30 per person (or $15 if you are one of the Lido diners). Sea Breeze Lounge will be offering a special A la Carte Dinner from 6.30pm until 10pm and then a snack menu from 10pm until midnight. Reservations are essential for all of these – contact 236-9884 for reservations or


Windows on the Sound are offering a Christmas Day Bermuda Buffet Brunch with all the trimmings from 10.30am until 4pm at a cost of $45 plus grats.  For reservations, contact 238-8000.









Another Christmas Day dinner option, this time from the Waterlot Inn. From 5pm until 10pm, they are offering a 6-course gourmet menu for $149, or paired with wine for $249, plus 17% grats.  For reservations, contact 238-8000.






Expect flares and sequins as far as the eye can see as 441 Productions and the Fairmont Southampton are welcoming 2013 with a special Disco Party on Monday, December 31st.   ABBA meets The BeeGees New Year’s Celebration will be in the  Poinciana Ballroom from 10pm (doors open at 9pm) and will feature three live bands – Abbamania and Night Fever from Toronto and Bermuda’s own Travelers.  Tickets for the show only are $99 and dinner and show packages  are also available at a cost of $155 for Jasmine (set menu), $169 for Windows (buffet dinner) and $179 for Newport Gastropub (set menu).  All are available from and room, dinner and show packages are available by calling the hotel directly at 238-8000.



As mentioned above, Jasmine Lounge are offering a set menu for NYE, which is available independently from the show.  From 6pm until 1am, you can enjoy a 3-course dinner for $45, plus grats.  For reservations, contact 238-8000.






The NYE Buffet Dinner at Windows on the Sound is also available independently from the show.  This will be from 7pm until 10pm  and costs $60 plus grats.  For reservations, contact 238-8000.






Finally, Newport Gastropub are offering a 4-course set NYE menu for $70, plus grats, or you can order from their a la carte menu as usual.  For reservations, contact 238-8000.







Another NYE dinner option from Fairmont, this time at the Waterlot Inn.  They are offering a 6-course gourmet menu for $149, or paired with wine for $249, plus 17% grats.  This will be from 8.30pm until 1am and includes a welcome cocktail.  For reservations, contact 238-8000.





Time for a little run-down of the weekly entertainment with Will Black at Hog Penny. Wednesdays are Music Trivia Night and Thursdays are Open Mic Night, hosted by Will Black and Tony Brannon, where they get musical performers up on stage to sing and jam together.  Fridays are the Classic Rock Dance Party with up-tempo rock classic hits and Special Event Saturdays have a different theme every week – this week is UK Pub Night as mentioned above. All shows begin at 10pm until bar close at 1am.   As usual, you can find this in the Regular/Recurring Events section.



After last year’s success, La Serena Spa at The Reefs have once again partnered with A.S.Coopers to make it easier for you to pick up your gift certificates and Elemis gift sets. From Friday, they will be in the Reid Street branch from 10am until the store closes daily and on Sundays from 1pm until 5pm. To order gift certificates, contact 239-0184 or



In addition to their weekend dolphin shows, Dolphin Quest Bermuda have a few holiday deals for the month of December.  Their Dolphin Dip Programme is usually $215 but Bermuda residents are being offered this 30 minute in-water programme for $99, with wet suits provided. If you would like a dolphin experience without getting in the water, there is also a $60 Dolphin Moment programme, a dockside photo opportunity with a flippered friend.  For more information, or to purchase a gift certificate, contact 234-4464 or


Need some relaxation during all this holiday chaos?  The Spa at Elbow Beach have released their December holiday treatment offers, including facials, massages and more from $125, inclusive of grats.  These are available until December 31st and gift cards are available.  For reservations, contact 239-8900 or








As a special Thank You to their clients and fans, Passion Paw Paws are entering everyone who Likes their Facebook Page into a draw to win a prize.  Prizes include a CTravel Gift Certificate for $150, gift certificates for pet services, a pet bed and bottles of wine or champagne.  The raffle entry ends on December 29th and the winner will be announced on the Facebook Page on December 30th.



If you’d like to show even more dedication to Passion Paw Paws, they are also giving an opportunity for you to win a $300 gift certificate to Noah’s Ark, Pic-a-Pet or Paws & Claws.  To enter, just Like their Facebook Page and then type the words, “I want to win!”.  The winner will be announced once they reach 400 Likes.


If that hard-to-buy-for person in your life is also an animal lover then Passion Paw Paws have got you covered! Christmas Gift Certificates are now available directly from their website at





Quick Recap of Upcoming Bermuda Events

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5th Annual Charman Prize at Masterworks – October 12th to January 3rd

Fairmont Annual Teddy Bear Tea – December 1st to 24th

Masterworks Artist in Residence Exhibit: Suzanne Dickson Albert – December 5th to 19th

Construct Your Own Holiday Door Wreath – December 5th

B-Active for Life Holiday Circuit and Toning Class – December 5th

Bermuda Musical and Dramatic Society Pantomime: Aladdin – December 6th to 15th

Women’s Essential Self-Defense Course – December 6th and 13th

Aleida Amaya from Clarins at A.S. Cooper – December 6th to 8th

Fairmont Hamilton Princess: Snow Ball Party – December 7th

Bermuda National Trust Christmas Walkabout in St. Georges – December 7th

B-Active for Life Holiday Circuit and Toning Class – December 7th

United Dance Productions Drop-off Child Care – December 7th

Christmas in Silver City Gospel Jazz – December 8th

My Sereni-Tea Christmas Open House – December 8th

Bermuda High School Holiday Bazaar – December 8th

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Annual Children’s Reading Festival – December 8th

UK Pub Night at Hog Penny – December 8th

Christmas Carols with the Dolphins – December 9th

B-Active for Life Holiday Circuit and Toning Class – December 9th

Christmas in Dockyard – December 9th

An Introduction to Qi-gong – December 10th

Marshall’s Birthday Jam Salsa Party – December 12th

B-Active for Life Holiday Circuit and Toning Class – December 12th

One Little PawPaw: Bermuda Songs and Sketches for All God’s Children – December 13th

La Serena Spa at The Reefs Christmas Open House Event – December 13th

Fairmont Southampton Snowball Party – December 14th Christmas Party – December 14th

United Dance Productions Drop-off Child Care – December 14th

Christmas in Dockyard – December 16th

Service of Lessons and Carols by Candlelight – December 16th

Bermuda Hospitality Institute’s Annual Student Roundtable Discussion and Networking Event – December 18th

Sandys 360 Winter Wonderland Camp 2012 – December 17th to 31st

HSBC Bermuda Graduate Trainees Holiday Social Event – December 19th

Butterfield 411 Student Networking Event – December 20th

In Motion School of Dance: The Nutcracker Holiday Spectacular – December 20th and 21st

United Dance Productions Drop-off Child Care – December 21st

Christmas in Dockyard – December 23rd

Festive Dinner at Newport Gastropub – December 23rd to 25th


Christmas Day

Christmas Day Brunch at Hamilton Princess – December 25th

Traditional Gala Buffet at Hamilton Princess – December 25th

Festive Dinner at Newport Gastropub – December 25th

Full International Brunch at Lido Restaurant – December 25th

A La Carte Dinner at Lido Restaurant – December 25th

Christmas at The Deep Nightclub and Lounge – December 25th

Christmas Day Bermuda Buffet Brunch at Windows on the Sound  – December 25th

Christmas Dinner at the Waterlot Inn – December 25th


NYE Celebrations

Spectacular Six Course Dinner at Harley’s Restaurant – December 31st

Jimmy Keys’ New Year’s Eve Dinner & Show (Fairmont Hamilton Princess) – December 31st

City Ball – December 31st

Gala Dinner at Lido Restaurant – December 31st

Dancing at The Deep Lounge and Nightclub – December 31st

A la Carte Dinner at Sea Breeze Lounge  – December 31st

ABBA meets The BeeGees New Year’s Celebration – December 31st

NYE Dinner at Jasmine Lounge – December 31st

NYE Buffet Dinner at Windows on the Sound – December 31st

NYE Dinner at Newport Gastropub – December 31st

NYE dinner at the Waterlot Inn – December 31st


Brunch at Harley’s Restaurant – January 1st

Tokio Youth Mountain Bike Series – January 5th

Just For Laughs: Double Threat – January 9th

Just for Laughs Bermuda – January 10th to 12th

G&S Opera: Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito (The Clemency of Titus)  – January 12th

Tokio Youth Mountain Bike Series – January 13th

2013 Bermuda Marathon Weekend – January 18th to 20th

Tokio Youth Mountain Bike Series – January 19th

Youth Camera Action Winter 2013 Programme – begins January 21st

Women’s Inspiration Weekend at Pompano Beach Club – January 25th to 27th

G&S Opera: Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball) – January 26th

Tokio Youth Mountain Bike Series – January 26th

G&S Opera: Verdi’s Aida – February 9th

G&S Opera: Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda – March 9th

G&S Opera: Verdi’s Rigoletto – March 23rd

G&S Opera: Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini – April 20th

G&S Opera: Handel’s Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar) – May 4th


Ever wondered what a day in the life of a Bermuda restaurant looks like?  Bolero Brasserie have made this short promo video to give you an idea:


Enjoy the rest of the week!



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