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Have A Beary Christmas

Bristol is once again readying itself for the annual Bristol Bear Hibearnation event.

With deep winter approaching it’s time for Bears to think about settling down, but not before one last party weekend from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th December. Hibearnation is the winter companion event to the Bristol Bear Fiesta where bears – and their admirers – come from all over the country (and world) to party.

Southern HiBearnation starts on Friday evening so that those of you coming from out of town have time to arrive.

As usual the Bristol Bear Bar (BBB) is the main base for the weekend and opens at 7pm for the customary friendly Meet & Greet to kick off the weekend so come and meet up with your friends. DJ Daddi, the BBB’s resident DJ, keeps the music coming from 8pm until closing time at 6am with his Pop Nation night.

At 11pm The Palace have their weekly Friday night cabaret. For this Southern HiBearnation weekend the popular Martha D’Arthur takes to the stage. A few doors up the road from The Bristol Bear Bar is The Retreat which will be open for business as usual all night from 3pm until 2am

On Saturday, The indoor market – which is always popular at the bear events will be held in both the Bristol Bear Bar and The Palace with the stalls split between them. The market runs from 2pm until 6pm.

Stalls currently lined up for attending include Hartzak, Simply Pleasure, Glitter Glamour Glass Creations, Simon Alderson Glass, ShoutOut Radio, Bear Essential Clothing and The Sisters Of Perpetual Indulgence so be sure to drop in to both venues and find a selection of goodies ideal for Christmas.

Once the market ends the venues will be staying open ready for the second night of SHB and as usual for fun the organisers are encouraging everyone to dress up, so dig out those Santa suits, garish Xmas jumpers or novelty t-shirts for the night where again we have DJ Daddi at the Bristol Bear Bar and DJ Will over at The Palace until the early hours of Sunday morning to keep you going all night and The Retreat will be open from 11am until 2am and at 9pm they have a fundraising act, Collective Cabaret Presents: D is for Delilah – see their Facebook page for more information.

More information can be found at the event’s website bristolbears.co.uk