FORGET Frozen Planet, shoppers enjoyed a festive treat when they got the chance to get up close to a polar bear.
The interactive, life-sized mechanical bear entertained families during a show.
Bjorn the bear and his herder, Ursula, appeared at Castle Dene shopping centre, in Peterlee.
Bjorn and Ursula performed a string of shows that allowed shoppers to get up close.
The event also featured a nature documentary-style talk on polar bears and their environment and a question and answer session.