SHOPPERS were in for a rare festive treat with the visit of a life-sized mechanical polar bear.
The playful and interactive bear entertained families during a spectacular show.
Bjorn the bear and his herder, Ursula, appeared at Castle Dene shopping centre, in Peterlee.
Bjorn and Ursula performed a string of shows yesterday that allowed shoppers to get up close.
The event also featured a fascinating nature documentary-style talk on polar bears and their environment and a question and answer session.