Nothing screams “Hello, new year!” like jumping in frigid water with hundreds of strangers, everyone thinking some version of “What was I thinking!?”
There are dozens of polar bear events in South Carolina on Jan. 1. The beach versions are among the best-attended, but the craziness also migrates inland all the way to the mountain lakes. Some are fundraisers and require registration and fees to get official T-shirts. Others are just for fun.
Here are a few choices if you want to start your year with a cold jolt: