The annual Birch Bay Polar Bear Plunge attracts hundreds of people each year who brave the cool January 1 temperatures and run into the ocean. It’s a fun (and chilly) way to celebrate the new year. Even if you don’t plan on jumping in, there’s something fun about watching other people brave the cold water.

Polar Bear Plunge Details

2020 Date, Time and Location

Date: January 1, 2020

Location: In front of Birch Bay Visitor & Information Center


10:00 AM on-site registration for the costume contest and Polar Bear Plunge

11:30 AM Costume Contest


Categories are:

  • Best Dressed
  • Most Creative under 12
  • Most creative team
  • Best dressed pet

Register for the event to receive an official Birch Bay Polar Bear Plunge certificate. Registration is also required to participate in the costume contest.

Complete the registration form on the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce website. Click below to be directed to the registration form.

In an effort to reduce waste, Polar Bear Plunge T-shirts & Sweatshirts will be primarily pre-order only this year. Follow the link below to pre-order yours today! We will have a very limited supply available the day of the event. Per-ordered shirts will be discounted by $5.

Preorder Pricing:

$15 T-shirts

$20 Sweatshirts

Event Pricing

$20 T-shirts

$25 Sweatshirts

REGISTER NOW Click here to preorder your 2020 Polar bear plunge tshirt/sweatshirt