Kirkland to host annual New Years Polar Bear Plunge

Event will take place on Saturday, Jan. 22.

Kirkland Parks and Community Services will be hosting their first annual “January Jump! Polar Bear Plunge” event at Houghton Beach Park in Kirkland on Saturday, January 22, 2022, from noon to 2 pm.

There will be three sessions for jumping in the frigid waters during the event. Ages 16 and older will plunge at 1 pm friends and families, ages 5-and-up, will make their plunges at 1:20 pm and 1:40 pm.

Advanced registration is $15 per person, which includes an event t-shirt while supplies last, or $5 without a shirt. Registration at the event will be $10, t-shirt not included. All ages are welcome, and an adult must accompany children 12 years old or younger.

As an alternative to taking a wintery plunge, community members can take a virtual plunge instead. Registration for this cozy and warm option is $10, with proceeds benefiting the Recreation Scholarship Fund.

In addition to the plunges, the “January Jump! Polar Bear Plunge” will feature warm-up activities by Sasquatch Strength, vendor booths, cornhole, a best plunge costume contest, and a trivia activity. Kiwanis will provide complimentary coffee and cocoa. Samples of free clam chowder will be provided by Ivar’s. The Mini Dough Nut and The Cheese Pit food trucks will also be at the event.

Food, fun, and friends all come together starting at noon on January 22, 2022. To register, visit or call 425-587-3336. For parking, information visit

Houghton Beach Park is located at 5811 Lake Washington Blvd NE.

This event is sponsored by the community event partner, Sasquatch Strength in Kirkland.