There’s really no better way to brrrrrrring (no, that’s not a typo or from a sticky keyboard – it’ll be COLD!) in the New Year that by diving into the chilly waters of Puget Sound at Burien’s annual Polar Bear Plunge at Three Tree Point on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020!

This free, open event will be at Noon sharp, at the small public south beach on Three Tree Point, where Maplewild Ave SW meets SW 172nd Street (map below).

Plungers and guests are encouraged to arrive at least 15-20 minutes early, as parking is limited.

One lucky participant will win the coveted and historic Three Tree Point Polar Bear trophy (pictured left, with 2011 winner Bart Bryan), which depicts a polar bear on top a piece of local driftwood. Previous winners have worn clever costumes (hint hint) and have displayed a lot of exuberance during the event (another hint).

Weatherwise, expect temps between 44-51 degrees, with a 40 percent chance of rain (NOTE: weather predictions aren’t always very accurate this far out, so be sure to check again as the day gets closer).

As usual, dozens of hearty area residents will gather to laugh, cheer and freeze their tails off at this fun annual event, which we’ve been covering for over 10 years – check out some of our videos below:

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