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‘Bjorn the Bear’ wows children at magical Winterland Market

18 December 2017

– a playful, mischievous and huggable animatronic polar bear puppet who blinks, sniffs and makes real sounds – all within a sculpted inflatable ice environment to help him feel at home.

The special appearance this year from Bjorn the Bear was part of the Christmas ‘Winterland Market’.

Spectators were able to watch Bjorn perform in an informal, magical and interactive show – learning about the world’s largest land carnivore, their unique Arctic habitat and the danger they face from global warming.  

During the shows children learned how polar bears survive in the Arctic and had the opportunity to pat, stroke, and even tickle Bjorn the Bear.

Jacqueline Whoriskey, Festival and Events Manager at Derry City and Strabane District Council says children in particular were really captivated by Bjorn. She said: “It was great to welcome Bjorn the Bear to Guildhall Square on his first ever visit to the city! This was a truly unique and wonderful event for the Winterland Market and one that the whole family enjoyed.

“Bjorn was really the ‘star attraction’ for children visiting this year’s Winterland Market and they were all totally enthralled by the shows!”