The 10th Annual Polar Bear Dip will take place at noon on New Year’s day at the Gulf Shores main public beach area.

A family-friendly event presented annually by the Kiwanis Club of Gulf Shores, the Polar Bear Dip will be held at The Hangout.

Dress up in a wacky outfit, or just come hang out and watch others as they rush into the Gulf waters. Activities begin at 10 a.m., with beachfront entertainment provided by DJ Saint Nic.

There will also be free chili and hot chocolate for all who take the plunge.

Participants will be able to enjoy a beach bonfire prior to the noon dip.

Polar Bear Dip souvenir T-shirts and koozies will be available for purchase and donations are encouraged with 100 percent of the proceeds to benefit the Gulf Shores Kiwanis Club and Alabama Special Olympics.

Taylor Means with the Kiwanis Club of Gulf Shores said, “I think I speak for everyone when I say that we have never been more excited to bring in a new year. Let’s wash away 2020 and welcome 2021 with open arms and wet bodies at one of the gulf coast’s most fun annual traditions, the Polar Dip. Our footprint is the public beach and the beach is big and open. There is ample room to distance your party from others. Rain or shine, hot or cold, there is no better way to bring in the new year than by taking a dip in the gulf from our beautiful Alabama beach or just come out and celebrate. The event is totally free with all donations going to local charity. We invite all of our locals, snowbirds and visitors to come out, enjoy the festivities, wash away 2020, and bring in 2021 Gulf Coast style.”

All federal, state and local COVID-19 guidelines must me followed. Attendees assume all risk and shall hold organizers harmless. If you feel sick, please stay home. Older adults and persons with underlying health conditions are at increased risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people in high-risk groups consult with their healthcare provider before attending any large gathering.

A two-bedroom Gulf Shores condo is the perfect spot for your family’s New Year’s Day headquarters.