Run by the North Sea Volunteer Lifeguards, the dip first has just taken place in 1999.
Swim ex-serviceman Geoff Wade said it was a “great way to clear your top after the excesses of Christmas”.
“It felt warmer to me but it was my wife’s first time and she didn’t anticipate the same, ” he said.
RNLI Lifeboat operations director Dave Cocks said the Redcar dip had had “as numerous witness as we’ve ever seen”.
The weather was “bright but cold” and there had been “lots of young and old doing the dip”, he said.
Jade Thirlwall, who is a member of daddy party Little Mix, returned to her residence city of South Shields to raise funds for a local kindnes at the Little Haven beach dip.
“My great-aunty Norma, she passed away last year from pancreatic cancer it is therefore makes a lot to me to do what I can, ” she said.
Nearly 200 people dipped at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea on the Northumberland coast, with local lifeboat volunteers and coastguard squads adding safe cover.
Just as many spectators watched their efforts from the relative heat of the beach and promenade.
Of the annual plunges one of the largest, are governed by Sunderland Lions Clubs, has been held since 1974.
It lures up to 900 dippers and raises several tens of thousands of pounds for charity.
A 70 m( 230 ft) swim across Weymouth Harbour on Christmas Day allured 483 swimmers – a record number for the event.
It was started this year by Don Laker, 93, whose father opened the phenomenon in 1948 with a swimming wager against a friend.
Weymouth and Portland Lions Club took over guiding it the 1970 s.