15th Annual Cold Turkey Plunge

Thursday, November 24, 2016


2016 Marks the 15th year of the Nantucket Atheneum Cold Turkey Plunge!  This annual Atheneum fundraiser features hundreds of spectators and swimmers who brave the cold waters at Children’s Beach on Thanksgiving morning to benefit the Weezie Library for Children. Complimentary hot chocolate, coffee and pastries are generously provided by local businesses.

Individual Plungers and teams are encouraged to have their family, coworkers and friends sponsor their participation in the Turkey Plunge by donating to the event! All proceeds benefit the Nantucket Atheneum Weezie Library for Children, the island’s public library.

Again this year, we will be offering an eary bird registration discount! For those who register online in advance the cost is $30. For those last minute Plungers who decide on Thanksgiving morning to swim, the registration fee will be $30 for children (12 and under) and $50 for adults and can be made upon arrival to Children's Beach. One towel holder per family/team will be permitted into the swim area.

To register, click on the green "Register" button to the right. You will then be asked to select how many participants you wish to register. If you are registering as an individual, select '1' from the drop down menu and continue. If you are registering a team, select the number of team members and continue. On the following pages, you will be prompted to fill out your contact information and at that time you can join an existing team, create a new team or proceed as an individual. Teams do not have to register all at once. Additional members can join your team at any point.

On Thanksgiving morning, please arrive at the beach at least 30 minutes early to complete registration and receive your wristband and Plunge tee-shirt (while supplies last).

Online registration is best for those who want to pay by credit card and wish to create a fundraising page. If you would prefer to pay by cash or check, you can pick up a plunge card later this fall.

Skip the line day of and attend advanced registration on November 23rd between 10 - 2 p.m. at the Atheneum. Early Bird gets the worm -- or t-shirt in this case! T-shirts will be handed out to all early registrants the day before the plunge and while supplies last day of! 

The Cold Turkey Plunge takes place rain or shine. All funds raised for this event are nonrefundable.