Traditional Polar Bear Plunge at Lytle Beach

Polar Bear Plunge on Bainbridge Island.

Polar Bear Plunge on Bainbridge Island.

Another very Bainbridge tradition.  Make sure you don’t party too hard on New Year’s Eve so you can make it to the Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day.  No need to sign up, just show up a little bit before noon on January 1st, 2018 at Lytle Beach with a swimsuit, a towel, and enough nerve to jump in the very cool Puget Sound waters. Every year a local takes charge and blows a horn to signal the start of the plunge. Parking can be tight and tricky, so I’d suggest arriving around 11:30.  Some folks come earlier and make a bonfire.  Fingers crossed for another sunny one!

What: Bainbridge Island New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge

Where: Lytle Beach on the south end of Bainbridge Island

When: Noon on January 1st


On December 29, 2017, in Activities, Community, Parks, by

Holiday Activities on Bainbridge Island 2017

1. Take Santa Photos at Columbia Bank

  • Dec 16th – 10am-1pm
  • Cash donation or non-perishable item to support Helpline House

2. Visit the Holiday Village at Bloedel Reserve

  • Through Dec 31st – 10am- 4pm (closed Mondays and Christmas Day)
  • Included with admission to Bloedel Reserve. Adults: $17 Seniors (65+) and Military: $12 Students 13-18 (or with I.D): $10 Children 5-12: $6 Children 4 and under: FREE
  • Bloedel Reserve transforms its iconic Visitor’s Center into a winter Holiday Village, complete with electric trains and intricately designed, hand-crafted buildings.

3. Enjoy the Argosy Christmas Ship at Waterfront Park

  • December 14th
  • Scheduled to arrive in Eagle Harbor near Waterfront Park at 8pm
  • Click here for more info

4. Shop Downtown Winslow and Support a Giving Tree

  • Now through Christmas
  • Find trees throughout Winslow at participating stores to support local non-profits:  BI Barkery, Eagle Harbor Book Company, Millstream, Sweet Deal Clothing, Calico Toy Shoppe, and more!
  • Visit a Giving Tree, take a ‘wish’ ornament, purchase the item on the ornament and donate it to the charity.

5. See Ovation! Musical Theatre’s Version of South Pacific

  • Now through December 17th performance times are Fri/Sat 7:30pm and Sundays at 3:30pm
  • At the BHS Theatre
  • Be transported to the warmth for one evening of musical fun. Visit to purchase tickets.
On December 14, 2017, in Activities, Community, Events, Shopping, by

Yes, you did hear holiday music in your cul-de-sac.  That was another classic island tradition, the musical firetruck.  The annual tour around the island is already underway.   I am never quite ready for Christmas, but the outdoor lights are up on our house, so it really must be that time of year. I do love that the truck hits our neighborhood on the 23rd or 24th every year to put an exclamation mark on the holiday! And it is fun to see the truck around the island as we lead up to the merry day.  Thank you Bainbridge Island Fire Department for this very Bainbridge tradition.   Listen for the truck 5-9pm from now until Christmas Eve.  Link to a larger version of the map and schedule here.

And note, if the truck has extra time they can and do make additional laps through your neighborhood.  We have been lucky enough to see them twice in some years.

Bainbridge Island Musical Holiday Truck Map 2017

On December 13, 2017, in Activities, Community, Events, Neighborhoods, by

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