Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Ugly Christmas sweaters are getting more and more popular in Europe. I think that Primark was one of the first stores that started selling them here. Now that you can get an ugly Christmas sweater basically everywhere I wanted to tell you a little bit more about an American tradition that goes hand in hand with the ugly Christmas sweater: ugly Christmas sweater parties.

I wrote about the ugly Christmas party my boyfriend Chris and I attended two years ago in a post on (Dutch), but never got the change to write an English version for my own blog! As the ugly Christmas sweater gaining popularity fast I felt like it would be appropriate to tell you about the awesome American tradition of ugly Christmas sweater parties!

Christmas sweater couple

In the USA a lot of people have Christmas parties for friends. Often these are themed parties. My boyfriend and I got invited to an ‘Ugly Christmas Sweater Party’, which is a party that requires you to put on the most ugly Christmas sweater you can find. The uglier the better.

And thus our search for an ugly Christmas sweater begun. We didn’t want to spend to much money on something we would never wear again and therefore decided to go to a goodwill store. Goodwill stores are second hand stores where they sell everything from kitchen appliances to well ugly Christmas sweaters.

Once we were in the store it turned out that the Ugly Christmas sweaters were sold out! A friend of my boyfriend Chris told us that we had waited way to long with buying our sweaters. Some people already start in November with their search for the perfect ugly Christmas sweater. Luckily Chris’ mom still had some wooly ones that were catching dust on the attic. I decided to wear a pair of pants in a different color red with my sweater to make the outfit even uglier.

Something which Americans seem to love during the holidays is playing games. This cozy activity of course had to be included in the ugly Christmas sweater party we attended. While most people in my country of The Netherlands might attempt – very much involuntarily in many cases –  a round of Monopoly, Americans go all when it comes down to playing their games.


All the games at the ugly Chrismas party we attended were Chrismast related. We for example had to stack nuts with a candy cane and balance ornaments on a measuring stick. The latter seemed super simple to me, but that unfortunately wasn’t the case at all! I dropped all the (plastic) ornaments on the ground!


The next game we played were introduced with the words: ‘For the next game that we’re gonna play, please pick someone that you feel comfortable being up close and personal with.’ It can’t get much more American then that! Everyone had to partner up and try hanging Christmas ornaments on a cord using only their mouths.

Kerst-game-2 Kerst-game-1

Chris and I had lots of fun at the ugly Christmas sweater party! Now that those kind of sweaters are more available in The Netherlands I’m seriously considering organizing our own before we leave for our annual USA holiday next year! I think that our (international) friends would have a blast. And it is always fun for Chris to show a part of his culture to others!

Have you ever heard of ugly Christmas sweater parties? Do you own an ugly Christmas sweater? 

With Love,

Elise Mooijman


  1. 14/01/2015 / 10:30

    Hello admin of this website, do you allow guest posting ?
    Please let me know, i am interested .

  2. 24/12/2014 / 21:54

    Ah that’s just my kind of party. Never been to one though (and actually heard about it now). It looks lots of fun and is that real snow or did you take a whole load of fake snow with you for photos-sake?! Cute ugly sweater ofcourse.

    • TheBeautySuitcase
      01/01/2015 / 19:19

      It’s so much fun! And that is real snow! Usually Wisconsin is packed with snow during this time a year, but this year unfortunately we didn’t have much snow 🙁 !

  3. 23/12/2014 / 09:21

    Die foto van jou bij de boom is prachtig. En hoe grappig zo’n ugly christmas sweater party! Geniaal toch! Wij zijn er volgens mij te nuchter voor.

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