A year ago, Coney Island’s annual New Year polar bear fall was canceled due to fears of mass gatherings amid a winter surge in the pandemic. But for those of you out there looking forward to soaking your body in freezing temperatures to ring in the New Year, you’re in luck as the beloved event is back on track for New Years Day 2022.
“After so many months of stress, hardship and uncertainty, the Coney Island Polar Bear Club invites all New Yorkers to join our New Year’s Plunge to clean up the past and create an optimistic outlook for the New Year,” said Dennis Thomas, President of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club: “There is no better way to separate the past from the future than to immerse yourself in the icy Atlantic Ocean with fellow New Yorkers. We look forward to making the biggest and most spirited jump in our 119-year history. “
The event starts on January 1st at 1pm. Here you can register to participate; Entry is free, but the organizers encourage everyone to donate.
The 119th annual Coney Island Polar Bear Club New Year’s Day Plunge isn’t just about the icy plunge – it turns into an all-day boardwalk party with DJs and hundreds of non-attending spectators – which is why the event was mostly canceled last year.
And the main reason for the tradition, aside from being able to clean up earlier in the year, is to have charities for local nonprofits like the New York Aquarium, the Coney Island History Project, Coney Island USA, Coney Island YMCA, and more . Whether you’re taking part in the jump, dancing on the promenade or just cheering from the comfort of your apartment, the organization says you can donate virtually here.
It has been a while. So if you’ve forgotten what this looks like in the first place, take a look back at the jump in 2020.