Folly Beach New Year Events: Flip Flop Drop, Fireworks & Bill Murray Look-A-Like Polar Plunge

Spend New Year's Eve on Center Street then "Freeze Your Bills Off" at the New Year’s Day Bill Murray Look-a-like Polar Plunge

Folly Beach, SC – Folly Beach invites you to ring in the New Year with some Folly fun. Spend New Year's Eve on Center Street at the Flip Flop Drop and firework show, then "Freeze Your Bills Off" at the 6th Annual Bill Murray Look-a-Like Polar Bear Plunge on New Years Day.

Head to Center Street and join the excitement as we countdown to the start of the New Year on Monday, December 31, 2018. The celebration will begin at 10:00pm, and will feature family-friendly activities, live music, the flip flop drop at midnight as well as a fireworks show immediately following. During the celebration, the local restaurants will be open to help ring in the New Year. Center Street will be closed to traffic from Huron to Ashley avenues.

Top off the New Year celebrations with a plunge in the frigid ocean water on Folly Beach during the Bill Murray Look-A-Like Polar Bear Plunge, beachside of the Tides Hotel on Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

This is the 6th year that the plunge will pay homage to one of Charleston's favorite residents, Bill Murray. All attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Murray movie character and "freeze their bills off." In celebration of the films 30th anniversary, this year’s theme is Scrooged, the holiday comedy where Bill plays a grumpy executive who lacks holiday spirit. The good news is your holiday spirit can get some more play. Cash prizes will be awarded for Best Guy, Best Girl, Best Kid, Best Team and Best Overall Bill Murray costumes.

Costume contest registration begins at 9:00am at the information booth on the beach and judging of the contests will begin at 10:00am. Attendees will then take the cold plunge at 11:00am. There is a $5.00 entry fee for the costume contest for anyone 18 years or over. Those taking place in the contest will receive a discounted rate on the official event t-shirt.

Guests can enjoy cocktails and other drink specials all weekend long, including a Bloody Mary Competition at participating Folly Beach businesses: Blu, Chico Feo, Drop In Bar & Deli, Folly Beach Crab Shack, Jack Of Cups, Loggerheads, Locklear's on Little Oak, Lowlife, Pier 101, Planet Follywood, Rita's Seaside Grille, Sand Dollar Social Club, Snapper Jack's, St. James Gate, Surf Bar, Taco Boy, The Washout, and Woody's. The Deep Eddy Vodka Bloody Mary Competition will run from Saturday, December 29th to Tuesday, January 1st as the local restaurants will compete to see who has the Best Bloody Mary on the beach. Voting will be collected through the Visit Folly app and the winner will be announced on Wednesday, January 2nd.

For more information about the New Year's Eve Flip Flop Drop, fireworks, and the 6th Annual Bill Murray Look-a-Like Polar Plunge, please go to, find us on Facebook at Visit Folly, or download the free Visit Folly app on your smartphone.


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