Ugly Christmas Sweaters, a history

“Seasonal sweaters” aka “The Ugly Christmas Sweaters” have proudly been worn by teachers and grandmas, soccer moms, soccer grand moms, art and music teachers, volunteers and retirees for generations.  In the late 1980s, the trickle down effect began and the department store shelves were heavily stocking them to keep up with this epidemic. Now they have become a product of pop culture and are known best to be associated with theme-partying.

An “Ugly Christmas Sweater”pub crawl, an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” office party, or even an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” family gathering…everyone is drinking the “koolaid” if you get my drift..and wearing the sweater!

If you’re interested in showing off your “great looking” sweater, the city of West Palm Beach has you covered! as the ugly sweaters will take over West Palm Beach once again on Saturday, Dec. 8th for the 4th annual, Ugly Holiday Sweater Crawl!

The ugly sweaters will take over West Palm Beach once again on Saturday, Dec. 8th for the 4th annual, Ugly Holiday Sweater Crawl!

Join Yuengling Brewery & CityPlace as we spread some holiday cheer while enjoying exclusive food & drink specials at your favorite CityPlace bars & restaurants, while collecting donations for Toys for Tots!

TICKETS INCLUDE:
– Four Complimentary Drinks (good on beer & mixed drinks)
– Free entry into your favorite CityPlace bars & restaurants
– Exclusive food & shot discounts and special entertainment
– Tons of free holiday swag, giveaways, and more!

GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY:
– Currently just $15 (prices will increase soon)
– $40 at the Door
– Get tickets now at uglyholidaysweatercrawl.com

The code MERRY5 will get people $5 off tickets!

PARTICIPATING BARS:
Brother Jimmy’s WPBCopper Blues West Palm BeachBlue Martini West Palm BeachBurger & Beer Joint – CityPlaceMojito Latin Cuisine &BARMiracle on Rosemary by Death or Glory

Check-In will be held from 2-6pm in the CityPlace Plaza (700 S. Rosemary Ave). The Crawl & specials will go until 8pm.

To help make sure we’re partying for a good cause, the Ugly Holiday Sweater Crawl will be accepting Toys for Tots donations at Check-In. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to help those less fortunate in the community.

There will also be live music starting at 7pm on the Plaza stage, and CityPlace will be making it snow at 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm!

*Must be 21+ to participate. Event Details Subject to Change.

Once you’re done strutting in your holiday best at CityPlace, head down to Banko Cantina for even more ugly fun!

If you’re feeling even more festive, you might want to head to Fort Lauderdale to get your fuzzy party on!

The holidays are upon us and what says the holidays more than having fun in ugly sweaters?!

Friday, December 7th come to Downtown Himmarshee and be a part of the annual Downtown UGLY Sweater Bar Crawl.

Show your holiday spirit with your best holiday apparel and of course, ugly sweaters…….or t-shirts, depending on the Ft. Lauderdale temperature. The uglier the sweater, the better!

Support the local bars you already know and love.

Your pass to enjoy the UGLY Sweater Bar Crawl includes:
-A Limited Edition Souvenir Downtown Himmarshee Cup
-Complementary Cocktails
-Food Specials
-Drink Specials at 8+ local bars & nightclubs
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Participating venues include the following offers:

Original Fat Cat’s – $1 off ALL beer, $2 off ALL liquor

Capones Night Club– 1 FREE Shot & buy 1 get 2 FREE- well, call or draft

Squiggys N Y Style Pizza– FREE slice of cheese pizza with the purchase of a bottle of beer

Himmarshee Public House– $3- Public House Lemonade, $3- Green Tea shots, $3- Miller or Havana Lager draft

Tacocraft Taqueria & Tequila Bar – Ft. Lauderdale– 15% off of food with the purchase of a cocktail, wine or beer

Ebar Club13– FREE admission, $3- Sex on the Beach, Lemon Drop, Kamikaze, Tequila or Soco & Lime shots, $4- well drinks

Township FTL– First 1/3 liter beer OR well drink FREE; $3- 1/3 liter beer; $5- Christmas Kamikaze shots; $5- well liquor drinks

Lucky’s Tavern– 1/2 off ALL drinks until 10pm; $3- well drinks, Yuengling, Washington Apple or Green Tea Shots (10pm-12am)

ROK BRGR American Kitchen + Cocktails– 15% off of food with the purchase of a cocktail, wine or beer

America’s Backyard– FREE admission 10pm-12am; $3- Bud Light, Fireball, Lemon Drop Shots; $5- wells (10pm-12am)

OOSaloon– FREE admission, $3- Sex on the Beach, Lemon Drop, Kamikaze, Tequila or Soco & Lime shots, $4- well drinks

SWAY Nightclub– FREE admission 10pm-12am; $3- Bud Light, Fireball, Lemon Drop Shots; $5- wells (10pm-12am) OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY starting at 10 p.m. – dress code is UGLY SWEATERS!

Registration will be in front of Lucky’s Tavern from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

All participants MUST register by 8:00 p.m. to gain access to specials and signature cup!

Proceeds from the UGLY Sweater Bar Crawl will benefit Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale and the Downtown Himmarshee District

Bars and specials are subject to change at the sole discretion of the bars and/or promoter.

Tickets are non-refundable, but they are transferable.

The Downtown HImmarshee Village Association and Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale remind you to drink responsibly and DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!

On December 15, the ugly sweaters are coming to Jupiter! After three years in West Palm Beach, the Ugly Holiday Sweater Crawl is expanding north and coming to Harbourside Place on Saturday, Dec. 15th!

Join Yuengling Brewery & Harbourside Place as we spread some holiday cheer while enjoying exclusive food & drink specials at your favorite Harbourside bars & restaurants, while collecting donations for Little Smiles!

TICKETS INCLUDE:
– Four Complimentary Drinks (good on beer & mixed drinks)
– Free entry into your favorite Harbourside bars & restaurants
– Exclusive food & shot discounts and special entertainment
– Tons of free holiday swag, giveaways, and more!

GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY:
– Currently just $20 (prices will increase soon)
– $40 at the Door
– Get tickets now at uglyholidaysweatercrawl.com

PARTICIPATING BARS:
BurgerFi, Calaveras Cantina, SubCulture, Tommy Bahamas, Too Bizaare

Check-In will be held from 2-6pm in the Harbourside Place Amphitheater (200 US-1, Jupiter, FL). The Crawl & specials will go until 8pm.

To help make sure we’re partying for a good cause, the Ugly Holiday Sweater Crawl will be accepting donations for Little Smiles at Check-In. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to help those less fortunate in the community.

*Must be 21+ to participate. Event Details Subject to Change.

As one of the many versions that come up for the History of the “Ugly Christmas Sweater”, the story goes that there was a holiday party on some un-named campus… according to an article in the Washington Post, “The sarcasm may be thanks to a 2001 party trend from Vancouver, Canada. At least, that’s according to the three men who wrote “Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Book: The Definitive Guide to Getting Your Ugly On.”  Authors Brian Miller, Adam Paulson and Kevin Wool hedge that claim, saying the world will never be sure who held the first ugly sweater party. They also manage to squeeze out 152 pages of advice on throwing a party with instructions that can be summed up in one sentence: “Tell your guests to wear ugly holiday sweaters.”

A true cultural historian might want to analyze the detail on the sweater to get the meanings behind the variety of colors of green, red and blue. Like a piece of collectible art, one might examine closely what exactly is the meaning behind of each the balls, the trees, the candy canes and any other kind of festive shape that might be incorporated into the design of the sweater.  What if it is bedazzled?  What does any of this mean?  What will future generations take away from a discovery of this kind?  Hopefully, a party invitation and a mixology manual will be found nearby for flawless interpretation.

 

For now, though, the part nostalgia/part hipster mockery “Ugly Christmas Sweater” is turning up on the fashion runway as well as being a a hot commodity at local thrift stores and fetching a wide range of prices.  The subject of the Ugly Christmas Sweater has even earned a much-desired position on the 2008 list of “Stuff White People Like“.

If you are proud enough to “tout” your collectible piece, send us a picture:  [email protected].  We would love to see them!