Ugly Christmas Sweater Events

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.


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