Ugly Christmas Sweater Events

Black Friday Special: Jingle Bell Rock Your Ugly Sweater 5K November 26 2014

City of Lakewood, WA to host "Jingle Bell Rock Your Ugly Sweater 5K" on December 6, 2014
  • WHEN: 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 2014. Stay afterward for a festive after-party with music and snacks. T-shirts and timing chips can be picked up 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Dec. 5, or the day of the race.
  • WHERE: The course begins and ends at the roundabout in front of Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW.
  • WHAT: City of Lakewood’s third annual Jingle Bell Rock Your Ugly Sweater 5K run, in partnership with St. Clare Hospital.
  • COST: (BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL) $20 per person, which is a $5 savings! Runners can sign up online here or call (253) 983-7887.
  • WHAT ELSE: Ugly. Christmas. Sweaters. Wear ‘em.


Most of the year, we laugh at them. We hide them. We don’t dare wear them.

But this year, the time-honored tradition of the Ugly Christmas Sweater is the inspiration for the City of Lakewood’s annual Jingle Bell Rock 5K.

Warm up your holiday spirit with the whole family – even pets – on Dec. 6 at Lakewood City Hall. Dress for the weather, Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K T-Shirtas this 5K will run, rain or shine.

Participants who register for the race this Friday will pay a discounted rate of $20 – a $5 savings off the regular price!

It’s going to be another cold one, so remember to rock your favorite ugly Christmas sweater to keep in the body heat and express your holiday sense of humor. The best way to celebrate this ridiculous but beloved holiday tradition? With hundreds of other people, of course.

So dig out that old sweater that you haven’t donned since the Christmas your grandparents gave it to you. Better yet, get together with your friends and decorate your own holiday fashion disaster, er, masterpiece, and wear it on the day of the 5K.

The City’s annual holiday run (you can walk or jog too) is a partnership with the community and a way to bring the residents of Lakewood together. As in years past, St. Clare Hospital is a presenting sponsor of the Jingle Bell Rock 5K. This year, the Lakewood hospital is joined by sponsor Drangsholt Orthodontics. Last year’s attendees might remember Drangsholt Orthodontics’ water stop, where runners could grab some refreshments and a free jingle bell.

“It’s about everyone out there having fun in their Christmas sweaters,” said Arielle Carney, Lakewood Parks and Recreation Coordinator. “What screams ‘Holiday Fun’ more than that?”

-via Brent Champaco

Thirsty Lion Pub hosts Ugly Christmas Sweater Party December 17 2013

Portland is Getting Ugly!

Thirsty Lion’s Ugly Sweater Party
December 21, 2013
9 p.m. | 21+
More Info:

Thirsty Lion
71 SW 2nd Ave Portland, OR 97204
(503) 222-2155

Thirsty Lion wants to celebrate the holiday season with you! Deck the halls in your holiday worstand break out those ugly sweaters! The Kinky Brothers will perform live and keep spirits high as some sweaters flash and other jingle. Come drink beer and be merry!


Joining the Crew of Fox and Friends on Tuesday December 17 December 16 2013

Team Ugly Gets Ugly with Fox and Friends

Wake up early or set the DVR for Fox and Friends (Fox News Cable Channel), as Team Ugly will sit down for a chat with the Fox and Friends crew.  We'll discuss the growth and trend of Ugly Christmas Sweater Parties, tacky sweaters and we hope to convince Elisabeth Hasselbeck to wear one of our ugliest sweaters!

Enjoy - tune in and see how we Keep It Ugly!


Team Ugly hosts 2013 Ugly Christmas Sweater Party December 16 2013

We're having an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party!

Team Ugly to host 5th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party in Crown Point, IN on Saturday, December 21, 2013.

Fricke's Bar and Recreation, known for their over-the-top Christmas and holiday decorations, will be the perfect scene for this year's event! Come dressed in your Ugliest Christmas Sweaters, Vests, Turtlenecks, Cardigans, Swants (sweater pants) or whatever your creative mind can conjure up! Join us for food, drinks and prizes - free bowling if you wear an Ugly sweater!

We're changing up the format this year, and while everyone is asked to wear their Ugliest and most tacky Christmas sweaters, we would like for everyone to help us provide Hope for the Holidays by bringing 5 or more canned, non-perishable foods or a suggested minimum donation of $5.00 to the event!  

This year, our goal is to have a great time, get ugly, and support the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana - you can help by bringing the following most popular and requested items: 


Peanut Butter

Mac & Cheese

Canned Fruit

Canned Vegetables

Canned Tuna

Canned Meats


If you're unable to join us, or wish to make a monetary donation online, please use the following secure method (via PayPal) to help us better serve our community through the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana.


About Team Ugly

Brian Miller, Adam Paulson and Kevin Wool - better known as "Team Ugly" are three college friends turned business partners and owners of the online mega store opened in 2009 and is home to 10,000 Ugly, Vintage, Tacky and Festive Christmas Sweaters.  Their big business that ships sweaters to all corners of the globe, even military battleships, is operated out of a small warehouse space in Crown Point, Indiana, about 30 minutes outside of Chicago.

The fad that has become a phenomenon voyages out into another season of pub crawls, office parties, fundraisers and good ole' fashion house parties! 

"We're incredibly excited to continue our efforts to host the most fun and ugly Christmas sweater parties in the world, and at the same time, help a local organization that provides so much assistance to our surrounding community." said Brian Miller, Co-Owner and Founder of

"This is the time of year that everyone wants to celebrate the holiday season, spend time with family and friends, but most importantly give thanks for what we have and share our blessings with those that could use a helping hand." added Wool.

"All of the food and monetary donations will be given to the Food Bank of NWI, and what's really incredible is that their organization can feed five meals for every $1.00 donated! We're going to have a great time and help our community in a big way!" mentioned Paulson.

More about the Food Bank of NWI

Since its inception in 1982, the Food Bank of NWI has distributed more than 100 million pounds of food. We supply food to more than 110 agencies who serve the poor, children, elderly, or people in crisis. 

Last year more than 5.1 million pounds of food were distributed to agencies serving those in need with enough food to feed more than 10,000 people each week. The Food Bank’s administrative and fundraising costs are only 3%. This means that 97 cents out of every dollar donated goes back to provide food to those in need.


BENEFIT FOR DIGNITY U WEAR - St. Louis Ugly Christmas Sweater Event December 03 2013


St. Louis, MO – December 2, 2013 – Red Letter Days will host its 2013 Ugly Christmas Sweater Concert this Thursday December 5, 2013 at FOAM Coffee & Beer at 3359 South Jefferson Avenue in St. Louis. Their performance will include tracks from their latest EP, Sounds Like a Plan, which is in rotation on 100+ college radio stations.

The show kicks off at 9 pm. Admission is free, however, a charitable donation of $5 to Dignity U Wear is suggested. All proceeds from the performance will go to Dignity U Wear.

About Red Letter Days
St. Louis-based siblings, Katie and Willy McKenna ventured onto the national music scene with their band, Red Letter Days, and with release of its first EP "Sounds Like a Plan." The strong female fronted band, Red Letter Days, continues to grow their fan base with a catchy, hook driven, rock sound blended with high-energy upbeat, pop-punk style. Alex Bolano joined the band in 2011 as their lead guitarist.

Honoring the “family-band” concept the McKennas naturally fall into, the duo chose Red Letter Days as a homage to their late grandfather who, “ . . . kept a daily journal, in which days that were special to him were marked as 'Red Letter Days." For more information, visit

About Dignity U Wear
The mission of Dignity U Wear is to positively impact the lives of children and their families in need by providing brand new clothing at no cost to the recipients. To date, the organization has provided more than 6.6 million pieces, valued at $120 million, to more than 450,000 people. For more information about Dignity U Wear, visit or

Saratoga Springs Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl to Benefit Alzheimer's Association November 23 2013

When: Sat, Dec 7, 2013 | 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: Starts at Druthers Brewery at 3:00pm and ends at Caroline St. Pub at 9:00pm
Cost: $35.00

Raise your Pint and Raise Hope and Awareness at our 2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl on Saturday, December 7th! 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer's Association of Northeastern New York .

There will be awesome raffles, prizes & food at Caroline St. Pub! Warm food will also be ready for us at the Parting Glass!

Prizes for "ugliest sweater" and "highest fundraiser."

Registration fee is $35.00 and includes: Food, Drink Specials & Event T-shirt!

***Please register before November 25th otherwise you are not guaranteed an event shirt***


  • Druthers Brewery- 3:00
  • Irish Times- 4:00
  • Parting Glass- 5:00
  • Putnam Den- 6:00
  • Caroline St. Pub- 7-9:00

Sign up at Caroline Street Pub Located at 9 Caroline Street, Saratoga Springs.

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Wicker Park - Chicago - Pub Crawl December 7, 2013 November 23 2013

GiveForward's 6th Annual Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl.

Bring on the vests and cardigans! Change the battery pack in your light-up sweatshirt! Don those reindeer antlers that your dog won’t wear for more than ten seconds, and come join us in Wicker Park for the coziest, jingliest afternoon of drinking you will experience all year.

What’s that you say? “If only I could be wrapped up and covered in sequins like some kind of Christmas Poly-blend Burrito, while I drink beer with my friends…and become a more awesome person who gives back to my community…AT THE SAME TIME!” Fear not, my glittery compadres!

Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 11:30 AM to 6:00 PM (CST)

GiveForward's 6th Annual Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl


It's all for a good cause.

The proceeds of this year's Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl will go towards purchasing items for The Christmas Store, a 4-year-old program that enables parents of students at William H. Brown School of Technology and Nathaniel Dett Elementary to shop for their children's holiday gifts at a discount. Gifts are sold to families at a reduced rate so it doesn't feel like charity, and 100% of revenue from sales goes right back into programs that directly benefit the schools.

To learn more or purchase tickets for the event, visiit 
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TBOX Pub Crawl 2013 in Chicago November 23 2013

TBOX Chicago 2013 Details

TBOX2013 will take place on Saturday, December 14, 2013, starting at 8:00AM. Funds will be raised for Lakeview Pantry.

Be sure to wear your Ugly and Tacky Christmas sweaters, vests, jumpers and festive gear!

The Theme for This Year’s TBOX is… AIR TBOX – The World’s Wildest Airline! We will be partying in Wrigleyville as pilots, stewardesses, dressing like Top Gun, Airplane, Catch Me if You Can, Snakes on a Plane, Pan Am, and we will be all about landing strips, the full upright position, patdowns, the mile high club, first class, baggage handling...

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Wrigleyville Pub Crawl

Chicago Pub Crawl and Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Details

Tacky Sweater Contest Winner November 20 2013


Each week day in November, we like to reward our Facebook fans by offering up the "Name It to Win It' contest, in which the funniest sweater name offered is chosen and the fan receives their choice of an Ugly Christmas Sweater.


Here's a great example from November 

This is the best place to purchase ugly tacky vintage and festive Christmas sweaters and jumpers!

Ugly Christmas Sweater Run Beautiful Idea November 19 2013

Ugly sweater owners and unfortunate gift recipients rejoice because Haliburton is providing the perfect venue for you and your back-of-the-closet hidden shame.

With 30 pre-registered participants of all ages, the first Ugly Christmas Sweater Run/Walk is promising to be an inclusive fun-for-all community event.
Organizers Angela Andrews, a Dysart recreation pilot program steering committee member, and Andrea Mueller, the municipal recreation pilot project co-ordinator, invite participants to come with their tackiest, most hideous, craziest sweater and manliest moustache (fake or real), including Santa hats and Christmas decorations.
Mueller said the five-kilometre run/walk around Head Lake is all about participation for everyone.
“There might not be prizes for the fastest runner, but there will definitely be prizes for the tackiest sweater,” Mueller said. “We’re not sure if we’ll have [a prize] for the fastest runner. It’s more about getting out and who has the most cheer and spirit.”
Andrews said the idea for the event came from her desire to participate in an ugly sweater run. Instead of going out of town to one she thought she would organize a local one.
“It really fit in with the Santa Claus parades that are going on. There’s nothing really happening in November to get people active and outdoors,” Andrews said. 
After the run/walk portion, the organizers invite everyone to the Dysart Library for hot chocolate, cookies, Santa Claus and a photo area for people to take photos with props.

“The whole idea is to get anybody of all ages and all abilities out being active because it is free recreation,” Andrews said.
Although the pair encourages everyone to participate, spectators are not only welcome to line the route to cheer, but encouraged to bring bells, adding to the seasonal feel.
For more information contact Mueller at or call 705-457-1740 and leave a message on Tamara Wilbee’s voicemail.

by Darren Lum