Big Bear Polar Plunge 2024

Registration is Now Open! Sign-up to be freezin' for a reason!

Run, walk, or dance into the chilly waters of Big Bear Lake to raise funds for Special Olympics Inland Empire. For a minimum $50 donation, you can participate in the coolest event of 2024! Plungers will have the opportunity to earn incentives, party with friends, and be freezin' for a reason: to help support Special Olympics athletes and programs.

March 16, 2024

Register & Donate

Join Us for the Kick-Off Event

Visit Big Bear is hosting a Polar Plunge Kick-Off Event in Hofert Hall - inside City Hall - at 2 PM this February 15. City Hall is located at 39707 Big Bear Blvd. Join in to hear from Special Olympics Athlete and Global Messenger, Brett Laza. Mayor Perri Melnick will be present to welcome Mr. Laza and the Special Olympics to Big Bear Lake. This event is open to the public so bring your friends and family!

Ways To Participate

Support the Special Olympics of Southern California in 4 different way this year!

  • Register as a Plunger - create a fundraising page to collect donations online.
  • Start or Join a Team - fundraise together on your team page.
  • Make a Donation - Too chicken to plunge? Support the cause from dry land.
  • Donate an Auction Item to the Big Bear Polar Plunge raffle/silent auction.

Everyone is Welcome!

Whether you're plunging or supporting the Polar Plunge from the shore, you're invited to enjoy the Family Fun area with law enforcement booths, a rock wall for the kids (dependent on weather), a silent auction and raffle, and more. You can also donate an item to the silent auction or raffle.

  • Registration for the Big Bear Polar Plunge begins at 10 AM at Veteran's Park located at 40870 Big Bear Blvd
  • Opening Ceremonies begin at 11:45 AM with the Polar Plunge to begin immediately after


How Your Donation Helps

Every dollar raised through the Big Bear Polar Plunge will help fund Special Olympics Inland Empire programs. Special Olympics is more than a sports organization, free health screenings, nutrition and wellness programs, and leadership opportunities give athletes with intellectual disabilities a healthier lifestyle and brighter future.

Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt. The Special Olympics Athlete's Oath

All Special Olympics programs are free to the athletes and their families. When people with and without intellectual disabilities connect on the sports field, hearts and minds are opened and barriers are broken down.

Contact Event Coordinator Abbey Leffler for info at 951-703-6502.


Polar Plunge Specials

Lodging Specials

  • Big Bear Vacations - Save 10% on your stay of 2 or more nights plus enjoy a FREE Late Departure on Sunday. Subject to availability, not valid with any other offer or discount, on select properties only. Stay Dates: 3/14 - 3/17
  • La Casa de Ninos - Receive 15% off nightly rate over the Polar Plunge Weekend! Call 858-925-3122 or email for additional info.
  • Robinhood Resort - Get 20% off when you use Promo Code: PP24. Valid for stays March 14 -17, 2024. Cannot be combined with other discounts. Call (909) 866-4643 or email for additional info.

Special Activities

  • Polar Plunge Kick-Off Event - February 15 - Join the Big Bear community in welcoming the 2024 Polar Plunge and Special Olympics to the valley. This event is open to the public at City Hall beginning at 2 PM. Located at 39707 Big Bear Blvd.
  • Board & Brush - March 15 - Polar Plungers! Come in for this workshop and receive $1 drinks all night with any proof of Polar Plunge donation.