Holiday Happenings, City Picks

Polar Bear Plunge

When: Thu., Jan. 1, 1 p.m. 2015

We’re usually feeling less than chipper on New Year’s Day, and we have a feeling we’re not alone. Last year, the only thing that saved us was a brisk dip in the ocean — seriously, it brought us back to life. Thankfully, Charleston has two polar bear plunges, one on Folly and the other on Sullivan’s, to help revitalize New Year’s Eve revelers. The Polar Bear Plunge held by Dunleavy’s Pub on Sullivan’s Island is a little different. Registration isn’t required, but if you do register and either raise or donate a minimum of $50, you’re guaranteed an official event T-shirt. People will gather at Dunleavy’s between 9 and 10 a.m., but this year Middle Street will remain open to traffic throughout the plunge. From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Station 22 1/2 Street will be closed to cars. “It’s hard to get 2,000 people down to the beach in an orderly fashion,” says Leigh Cheatham, director of communications at the Special Olympics of South Carolina. “Folks dress up, there are costume contests, lots of great music, and it’s a really fun atmosphere.” All of the proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics of South Carolina.

Mia Mendez

Price: Free

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