Bear Wear

The cuddliest event in town!

Bear Wear is a beloved holiday tradition—a festive display of cuddly teddy bears dressed up in fabulous costumes by local sponsors, businesses, organizations, and individuals. The Christmas 2016 event marks the 16th year of the event—we are planning some fantastic activities to help make this our best year yet!

Since 2001, Bear Wear has raised $503,000 for the Foundation to support children with disabilities and health challenges. Please help us reach our 2016 fundraising goal!

When: Monday, November 28 to Monday, January 2, 2017

Where: Hotel Grand Pacific, 463 Belleville St


1. Stories with Santa: Sunday, December 11 at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Cozy up with Santa Claus for an afternoon of heartwarming Christmas stories, including a reading of Island Santa, the story of a little boy who catches a ride with Santa on his boat and travels from island to island delivering gifts to children in need of cheer. Those in attendance will be entered to win a copy of Island Santa, written and illustrated by the award-winning, local duo, Sheryl McFarlane and Sheena Lott.

2. Carols and Cocoa: Thursday, December 15 at 7 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.

Let the bright sound of the Alumni Company from the Canadian College of Performing Arts fill your heart with joy, as they perform beloved Christmas carols and jingles. Lyrics will be provided to you so you may join in. The Hotel Grand Pacific will serve complimentary cocoa and hot drinks to warm your fingers and toes. We’ll leave the heart-warming to the carollers—and the bears!

WestJet Raffle

In conjunction with Bear Wear, we are holding a WestJet raffle for a round-trip flight for two anywhere WestJet flies. Click here to purchase your ticket. The winner will be drawn January 2nd.

Get Involved!

Don't miss your chance to be a part of this event. Join other businesses and community supporters in raising awareness and funds for the Children's Health Foundation. For more information on sponsoring a bear, please contact Annie Buck at

Bear Wear 2015

Bear Wear 2015 featured 37 bears and raised $68,000*. Our sincere thanks to the bear sponsors, media sponsors, and members of the community who donated in support of this wonderful event. Bear Wear 2015 ran from November 28, 2015 to January 2, 2016 in the elegant lobby of the Hotel Grand Pacific and was visited by approximately 5,000 people.

Bear Wear 2015 People's Choice Winners

People's Choice Winner 2015:
Earl Grey & Meryl Steep
Sponsored by: Hotel Grand Pacific

View photos of the 2015 bears here

*Includes sponsorship and donations.

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