It’s going to be a very chilly New Year’s Day for a few people in Huntsville.

The 8th Annual Polar Bear Dip is back. This year the charitable event will be supporting Community Living Huntsville.  It had to be cancelled last year because of the extreme cold.

“There’s nothing quite like kicking off the year by jumping into a frozen lake,” said Markus Latzel, the organizer and a regular participant in the Huntsville Polar Bear Dip. “It’s a fun, unique, and really exhilarating thing to do.”

Community Living Huntsville provides supports and advocacy for individuals with developmental disabilities.

The Polar Bear Dip typically draws a good-sized crowd. Following the dip, to help warm everyone up, there will be a bonfire near the dock and free hot chocolate for all, sponsored by the Hidden Valley Resort.

Those taking parting will jump into the icy waters of Peninsula Lake at noon on January 1st. Anyone who’d like to take part has to show up at Hidden Valley just before noon. You can find more information on the Polar Bear Dip at its Facebook page or its fundraising page.