All are invited to celebrrrrate the New Year at Noon on Monday, Jan. 1, 2024, with a refreshing Polar Bear Plunge into the frigid waters of Puget Sound in Burien’s Three Tree Point neighborhood.

Burien’s annual Polar Bear Plunge will be held at the south beach in Three Tree Point (map below) at Noon – snow, rain, clouds, wind chill, ice storm or sun – and as usual will involve a costume contest.

Participants are strongly encouraged to practice safety protocols, including wearing some kind of footwear to protect your soles from sharp rocks and shells, bringing big towels or blankets for afterwards, watching out for each other, as well as plenty of courage and joy.

Costume Contest

And did we mention that there’s a costume contest? Wear something fun and clever (this contest is for plungers only) festive, or appropriate to the times we live in. A winner of the coveted Polar Bear Plunge trophy will be determined by a small group of organizers.

Livestream Info

We plan on live-streaming video of this fun event, starting just before Noon on Monday, Jan. 1, 2024 on our Facebook page – be sure to “Like” us here to get a notification for when we go live.


Here are some videos of previous plunges to get you in the mood:

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One location to meet before and/or after is at the newly-reopened historic Three Tree Point Store, located at 16957 Maplewild Ave SW; more info here:

Three Tree Point’s south beach is located at the intersection of Maplewild Ave SW and SW 172nd Street (be sure to get there early though as parking is limited):

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