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Festive swimmers brave freezing waters as they take Christmas Day plunge

Festive swimmers across the world have taken the plunge on Christmas Day to enjoy dips.

The increasingly popular seasonal tradition brave bathers take to beaches, coastal rocks and lakes.

Hardy souls temporarily swapped turkey for trunks and Brussels sprouts for bikinis at events across England.

Festive swimmers across the world have taken the plunge at Christmas Day to enjoy dips

Amelia Morgan enjoying the festive fun at the Porthcawl Christmas Day Swim in South Wales

Amelia Morgan enjoying the festive fun at the Porthcawl Christmas Day Swim in South Wales

People enjoy the Exmouth Christmas Day swim in Devon. This is the 50th year the event has taken place at the seaside town

People enjoy the Exmouth Christmas Day swim in Devon. This is the 50th year the event has taken place at the seaside town

The Christmas Day Harbour Swim in Weymouth, Dorset run by Weymouth and Portland Lions Club

The Christmas Day Harbour Swim in Weymouth, Dorset run by Weymouth and Portland Lions Club

A lady steps out if the water at the Christmas Day Harbour Swim in Weymouth, Dorset

A lady steps out if the water at the Christmas Day Harbour Swim in Weymouth, Dorset

Swimmers are helped from the cold waters following the 110 meter Peter Pan Cup swimming race at Hyde Park in London

Swimmers are helped from the cold waters following the 110 meter Peter Pan Cup swimming race at Hyde Park in London

These two kind men help thus lady out of the water at the Christmas Day Harbour Swim 

These two kind men help thus lady out of the water at the Christmas Day Harbour Swim 

Santas at the Christmas Day Harbour Swim which  is organised by Weymouth and Portland Lions Club 

Santas at the Christmas Day Harbour Swim which  is organised by Weymouth and Portland Lions Club 

The event in Weymouth raised money for charities in the area

The event in Weymouth raised money for charities in the area

Christmas Day swim at Sandford Park Lido, Cheltenham

Christmas Day swim at Sandford Park Lido, Cheltenham

People in fancy dress to take part in the annual White Christmas Dip at Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth to raise money for Macmillan Caring Locally

People in fancy dress to take part in the annual White Christmas Dip at Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth to raise money for Macmillan Caring Locally

These two ladies took to the water in  Porthcawl for a Christmas Day Swim

These two ladies took to the water in  Porthcawl for a Christmas Day Swim

This woman donned a santa style beach outfit for her swim in Porthcawl 

This woman donned a santa style beach outfit for her swim in Porthcawl 

People enjoy the Exmouth Christmas Day swim in Devon despite the chilly weather

People enjoy the Exmouth Christmas Day swim in Devon. This is the 50th year the event has taken place at the seaside town

People enjoy the Exmouth Christmas Day swim in Devon. This is the 50th year the event has taken place at the seaside town

People enjoy the Exmouth Christmas Day swim in Devon dressed in a variety of festive costumes

People enjoy the Exmouth Christmas Day swim in Devon dressed in a variety of festive costumes

Swimmers take to the icy waters of the Serpentine in London's Hyde Park for the traditional Christmas Day Peter Pan Cup, a handicap race that sees the slowest swimmers starting first, cheered on by hundreds of spectators

Swimmers take to the icy waters of the Serpentine in London’s Hyde Park for the traditional Christmas Day Peter Pan Cup, a handicap race that sees the slowest swimmers starting first, cheered on by hundreds of spectators

The Christmas Day Harbour Swim was filled with people wearing fancy dress including a lady wearing a Flamingo

The Christmas Day Harbour Swim was filled with people wearing fancy dress including a lady wearing a Flamingo

Christmas Day Harbour Swim run by Weymouth and Portland Lions Club raises money for local charitie

Christmas Day Harbour Swim run by Weymouth and Portland Lions Club raises money for local charitie

This lady in Weymouth, Dorset helped herself stay afloat with this inflatable Flamingo

This lady in Weymouth, Dorset helped herself stay afloat with this inflatable Flamingo

Crowds gathered to watch the participants at Christmas Day Harbour Swim in Weymouth

Crowds gathered to watch the participants at Christmas Day Harbour Swim in Weymouth

This swimmer dressed as a grape to take part in the White Christmas Dip at Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth

This swimmer dressed as a grape to take part in the White Christmas Dip at Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth

Andy's toys: this foursome took to the water in Bournemouth dressed as toy's from smash hit animated film, Toy Story

Andy’s toys: this foursome took to the water in Bournemouth dressed as toy’s from smash hit animated film, Toy Story

Swimmers at the Forty Foot Sandycove where they took a Christmas plung

Swimmers, many wearing Santa hats, laughed off the shivers as they lined up to jump into the chilly waters at the Forty Foot at Sandycove event in Dublin

Team Dash and Splash swimmers in Christmas hats pose as they stand in the Irish Sea during swim at Bangor beach in Northern Ireland

Team Dash and Splash swimmers in Christmas hats pose as they stand in the Irish Sea during swim at Bangor beach in Northern Ireland

These two ladies braved the chilly waters at  Exmouth Christmas Day swim in Devon

These two ladies braved the chilly waters at  Exmouth Christmas Day swim in Devon

People enjoy the Exmouth Christmas Day swim in Devon which has taken place in the town for the 50th time

People enjoy the Exmouth Christmas Day swim in Devon which has taken place in the town for the 50th time

Keen participants raced to the water at the Exmouth Christmas Day swim in Devon

Keen participants raced to the water at the Exmouth Christmas Day swim in Devon

This is the 50th year the Exmouth Christmas Day swim has taken place at the seaside town

This is the 50th year the Exmouth Christmas Day swim has taken place at the seaside town

People enjoy the Exmouth Christmas Day swim in Devon

People enjoy the Exmouth Christmas Day swim in Devon

In Bournemouth people took part in the White Christmas Dip at Boscombe Pier, to raise money for Macmillan Caring Locally.

Meanwhile in London, Swimmers took to the icy waters of the Serpentine in London’s Hyde Park for the traditional Christmas Day Peter Pan Cup.

But the festive dip tradition was not just confined to England as there was many other events held across the world.

In Barcelona’s Port Vell where there were much warmer waters, bathers, including one dressed as a clown took part in then 109th edition of the ‘Copa Nadal’ (Christmas Cup) swimming competition. 

Scores of daring people in fancy dress dived into a chilly lake as part of a wacky Christmas tradition today at Blackroot Pool in Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham.

In Co Dublin, an annual swim to raise funds for the RNLI has been held by Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club for the past 42 years.

Ian Sargent, 74, who has been raising cash throughout those four decades, said the event was stronger than ever.

“Our annual Christmas swim has been going from the 70s and it has been getting bigger every year, with more and more participation,” he said.

Mr Sargent stayed on dry land this year, insisting his winter dipping days were being him.

“I stopped that when I was 60,”

The Christmas Day swim at Sandford Park Lido, Cheltenham

The Christmas Day swim at Sandford Park Lido, Cheltenham

Christmas Day swim at Sandford Park Lido, Cheltenham attracted many participants

Christmas Day swim at Sandford Park Lido, Cheltenham attracted many participants

People in fancy dress to take part in the annual White Christmas Dip at Boscombe Pier

People in fancy dress to take part in the annual White Christmas Dip at Boscombe Pier

Nicola Jensen (30), from Brisbane, Australia, and Orla Doogue, from Dublin, (right) -  members of Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club during the club's annual Christmas swim in aid of the RNLI

Nicola Jensen (30), from Brisbane, Australia, and Orla Doogue, from Dublin, (right) –  members of Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club during the club’s annual Christmas swim in aid of the RNLI

This pair took part in the Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club annual Christmas swim wearing Santa costumes

This pair took part in the Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club annual Christmas swim wearing Santa costumes

A participant in a clown costume jumps into the water during the 109th edition of the 'Copa Nadal' (Christmas Cup) swimming competition in Barcelona's Port Vell

A participant in a clown costume jumps into the water during the 109th edition of the ‘Copa Nadal’ (Christmas Cup) swimming competition in Barcelona’s Port Vell

Scores of daring people in fancy dress dived into a chilly lake as part of a wacky Christmas tradition today at Blackroot Pool in Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham

Scores of daring people in fancy dress dived into a chilly lake as part of a wacky Christmas tradition today at Blackroot Pool in Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham

People in fancy dress to take part in the annual White Christmas Dip at Boscombe Pier

People in fancy dress to take part in the annual White Christmas Dip at Boscombe Pier

Participants of the annual Hyde Park Christmas Day Swim are helped from the cold waters following the 110 meter Peter Pan Cup

Participants of the annual Hyde Park Christmas Day Swim are helped from the cold waters following the 110 meter Peter Pan Cup

A man dressed as Santa Claus reacts with other participants while holding the city's flag at the traditional Christmas season swim in Nice, France

A man dressed as Santa Claus reacts with other participants while holding the city’s flag at the traditional Christmas season swim in Nice, France

Participants of the 80th annual Christmas swimming 'Coupe de Noel' swim in the lake of Geneva, in Geneva, Switzerland

Participants of the 80th annual Christmas swimming ‘Coupe de Noel’ swim in the lake of Geneva, in Geneva, Switzerland

Enthusiasts from the long-established swimming club Les Ours Blancs (The Polar Bears) swim during an annual swim in Biarritz, southwestern France

Enthusiasts from the long-established swimming club Les Ours Blancs (The Polar Bears) swim during an annual swim in Biarritz, southwestern France

Orla Doogue (left) and Nicola Jensen, 30, from Brisbane, Australia takes part in the Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club swim in Dublin 

A participant wearing a Santa Claus costume jumps into the water during the 109th edition of the 'Copa Nadal' in Barcelona

A participant wearing a Santa Claus costume jumps into the water during the 109th edition of the ‘Copa Nadal’ in Barcelona

Nicola Jensen (30), from Brisbane, Australia, and Orla Doogue, from Dublin at the Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club's annual swim

Nicola Jensen (30), from Brisbane, Australia, and Orla Doogue, from Dublin at the Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club’s annual swim

Ian Sargent, from Dublin, a member of Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club

Ian Sargent, from Dublin, a member of Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club

People taking the plunge at the Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club annual Christmas swim

People taking the plunge at the Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club annual Christmas swim

This man attached Santas to his diving suit to take part in the Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club annual Christmas swim

This man attached Santas to his diving suit to take part in the Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club annual Christmas swim

A Santa impersonator plunging into the water at the Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club annual Christmas swim

A Santa impersonator plunging into the water at the Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club annual Christmas swim

This lady wore a Santa Claus costume with reindeer horns at the event in Barcelona

This lady wore a Santa Claus costume with reindeer horns at the event in Barcelona

John O'Reilly (left) and Tom Leonard members of Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club during the club's annual Christmas swim

John O’Reilly (left) and Tom Leonard members of Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club during the club’s annual Christmas swim

Participants swims with a word Llibertat "Freedom" to Catalan politicians prisoners during the 109th edition of the 'Copa Nadal'

Participants swims with a word Llibertat “Freedom” to Catalan politicians prisoners during the 109th edition of the ‘Copa Nadal’

A participant jumps into the water during the 109th edition of the 'Copa Nadal' (Christmas Cup) swimming competition in Barcelona's Port Vell

A participant jumps into the water during the 109th edition of the ‘Copa Nadal’ (Christmas Cup) swimming competition in Barcelona’s Port Vell

A participant with a Santa Claus had jumps into the water during the 109th edition of the ‘Copa Nadal’ (Christmas Cup) swimming competition in Barcelona’s Port Vell on December 25, 2018

Participants jumps into the water during the  'Copa Nadal'

Participants jumps into the water during the ‘Copa Nadal’

Participants dressed in as Santa Claus costume enjoying a dip in at the Christmas Day swim event in Barcelona

Participants dressed in as Santa Claus costume enjoying a dip in at the Christmas Day swim event in Barcelona

 

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