New Years in Edmonds
What better way to wrap up the year and kick off a new one than by getting your feet wet in frigid Puget Sound?
What better way to wrap up the year and kick off a new one than by getting your feet wet in frigid Puget Sound? Or maybe, like Liz Morgan, your style is to stay a little warmer and bring in the New Year with cocktails and a party.
It’s not for everyone, but the folks with the Edmonds Uplift Society and a bunch of other dare-devils take the Polar Bear Plunge every year on New Year’s Day. A few dozen people begin the journey at Daphnes, a local cocktail bar whose owner started the event. Most participants wear white robes as they walk down to Brackett’s Landing to take the plunge.
Bring in the New Year
Liz says there is no way she’ll plunge her body into Puget Sound this time of year, but she’s up for a good party. “We love to bring in the New Year’s with friends. Sometimes we meet up for drinks and appetizers, and others we stick close to home and host a little shindig ourselves,” said the Edmonds mom and localvore.
If you’re like Liz and a freezing plunge in icy water doesn’t kick start your year, you can create your own tradition. Head downtown for a romantic dinner, meet up with friends, enjoy dancing to live music, or gather at a friend’s home for cocktails and conversation.
The Wooden Spoon, a downtown kitchen wares shop, will have the perfect cocktail shaker for you. And any number of boutiques has that just-so little dress to make the evening right. Surely there’s a big white robe available, too, if you’re planning to take a chilly dip the next day with the Polar Bear Plunge.
Plenty of Options
Looking to go out for your New Year’s celebration? Check out www.visitedmonds.com and www.edmondsdowntown.org for restaurants, cocktail bars, pubs and live music for your festivities. From Daphnes’ intimate bar to Salt & Iron for steak and oysters, wood-fired pizza at Demetri’s or seafood at Anthony’s on the waterfront, there is something for everyone’s celebration here.
Edmonds is a hopping place year round. Dubbed the Friendliest Town by King 5’s Evening Magazine many years running, it’s also the most fun. Between the thriving arts community, a walkable historic downtown, guided tours on Segways through town or by Beach Rangers looking at tide pools, Edmonds is the place to be.
Create Your Tradition and start the New Year in Edmonds.
Visit our calendar for up to date details on the Plunge and other New Year’s events.