National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

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As the holiday season approaches, so does the urge and excitement of getting to wear an ugly Christmas sweater to each and every festive party. National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day has become a popular holiday celebrated by many offices and social groups who make a point of having their members wear the most eye-catching, outrageous sweaters imaginable. 

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

What is National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day?

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is a day where people can come together to show their support for unique, ugly Christmas sweaters. 

The History of National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

Ugly sweaters have been around since people started knitting, although, initially, they were seldom made ugly on purpose. However, as time passed and knitters grew a sense of humor, more purposely unsightly sweaters were worn to public events. Eventually, popular TV star Bill Cosby made ugly sweaters even more popular, and the ugly sweater became somewhat acceptable.

In 2002, two men from Vancouver threw a party to raise money for a friend’s cancer treatments. The party accomplished its purpose, and the idea of Ugly Sweater parties became popular.

When is National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day?

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is celebrated on December 17 every year.

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day Dates

This year National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is celebrated on Tuesday, Dec 17, 2024

Year Date Day
2024 Dec 17 Tuesday
2025 Dec 17 Wednesday
2026 Dec 17 Thursday
2027 Dec 17 Friday
2028 Dec 17 Sunday
2029 Dec 17 Monday

How is National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day Celebrated?

1. Take an ugly sweater and make it uglier

Hunt through the racks of a thrift store and find an unattractive sweater – and add some more “ugly” to it. You could also revise a sweater you have previously worn and make it uglier.

2. Make Your Ugly Sweater

Find a basic sweater and “uglify” it with bells, yarn, glue, or tape. Find the ugliest decorations possible. Attach the decorations to the sweater.

3. Make It a Fund Raiser

Why not help others with your sweater? Just as the first celebrants did, choose a charity to benefit from your ugly sweater party.

Why We Love National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

1. You can wear something ugly and be cool

On any other day, your fashion faux pas might be ridiculed, but on this day, you can wear a sweater that looks like your little sister knit it backward.

2. They’re warm and cozy

Their appearance does not subtract from their comfort – and that feeling of comfort goes a long way.

3. Ugly Sweaters Look “Good” on Anyone

You don’t have to wonder if an ugly sweater suits your complexion. (It doesn’t.) An ugly sweater is right for you, and all you need to do is find it (or make it!)

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day FAQs

1. What qualifies as an ugly sweater?

The term “ugly” is subjective and varies from person to person. Typically, an ugly sweater is one that is considered visually unappealing or aesthetically questionable. This could be due to a combination of factors such as garish colors, over-the-top designs, mismatched patterns, an ill-fitting shape, or even a quirky knit pattern. However, the charm of the ugly sweater lies in its unique ability to bring smiles and laughter, making it a fun and festive choice for many during the holiday season.

2. How many people will buy an ugly sweater?

According to a recent shopper poll, approximately 23% of respondents indicated that they are actively searching for or have plans to purchase an ugly sweater in the near future. This suggests that the trend remains popular and is a favorite among a significant portion of shoppers during the festive season.

3. Why has the ugly sweater trend become so popular?

The ugly sweater trend has gained traction over the years due to its fun and lighthearted nature. It offers individuals a chance to showcase their unique sense of humor and style, and it often becomes a conversation starter at holiday gatherings. Moreover, many people enjoy the camaraderie and friendly competition of “ugly sweater contests” at parties and events.

4. When is National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day celebrated?

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is celebrated on the third Friday of December every year. It’s a day dedicated to proudly flaunting those festive sweaters, no matter how tacky or over-the-top they might be!

5. Can I make my own ugly sweater?

Absolutely! In fact, many people enjoy crafting their own unique ugly sweaters using materials like tinsel, ornaments, lights, and other festive decorations. Making your own sweater allows you to personalize it to your taste and ensures that you have a one-of-a-kind creation.

6. Are there any other ways to participate besides wearing an ugly sweater?

Yes! Many communities and organizations host ugly sweater-themed events, such as runs, parties, and contests. You can also organize your own event or simply enjoy the day by sharing photos of your sweater on social media using popular hashtags like #UglySweaterDay.


Ugly sweaters have always been around. Two Vancouver men capitalized on the growing popularity of wearing ugly sweaters to parties and made it an event where they earned money for a friend’s cancer treatment. You can make or buy an ugly sweater, wear it to a party and be celebrated. Some choose to make it into an event to benefit charity.


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