25 “Ugly” Holiday Sweaters That Are Festive Fun For Your Next Party

Ugly Sweater Ideas for Your Holiday Party

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Tis the season for festive holiday gatherings. Throughout the years, there’s one event that has proven itself a staple—the ugly Christmas sweater party! It’s where guests come dressed in their favorite (and also their least favorite) top to complete their outfits. You know the kind; the ugly Christmas sweater boasts kitschy knitting and ostentatious trims. For these fetes, the crazier the details, the better. So come Dancer and Prancer, you’re the perfect reindeer additions to an oversized cardigan this holiday season.

The ugly sweater party first started as an excuse to hit the thrift stores or rifle through your parent’s closet as a joke. It’s since gotten even more creative, as designers have started to produce contemporary versions of the now-vintage garments you can add to your cart. Many have taken the essence of these grandma sweaters and made them even funnier by including imagery that’s popular today. From festive sloths to Yetis with mistletoe, the updated versions bring cozy comfort this time of year and are sure to get you noticed at your next ugly sweater party.

Check out some ugly sweater ideas below to bring new meaning to “be there with bells on.”

Looking for ugly sweater ideas? Here are some of the best ugly Christmas sweater ideas you can wear to your next holiday party!

Christmas Tree Tassel Sweater

Christmas Tree Tassel Sweater

Tipsy Elves | $69.95+


Llama Sweater

Ugly Sweater Ideas for Your Holiday Party

Blizzard Bay | $21.07+


Ted Lasso Christmas Sweater


Golden Girls Christmas Sweater


Kid's Sloth Christmas Sweater

Sloth Ugly Christmas Sweater

BFUSTYLE | $26.99


Meowy Christmas Pullover Sweater

meow cat Christmas sweater

IML | $22


ELF Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins Christmas Cardigan 


Friends TV Series Ugly Christmas Sweater


Home Alone “Kevin!” Christmas Sweater

Home Alone Ugly Christmas Sweater with Mom Screaming KEVIN!

MemeticShop | $26.99


Gift Wrapped Sweater

Tipsy Elves | $59.95+


Black Cat Ugly Christmas Sweater

Blizzard Bay Ugly Christmas Sweater

Blizzard Bay | $20.20


Cat Snowflakes Sweatshirt

Cat and Snowflake Sweatshirt

Lost Gods | $35.98


Christmas Tree Zip-Up Sweatshirt


DJ Santa Clause Ugly Christmas Sweater

DJ Santa Christmas Sweater

Lost Gods | $31.98


Christmas Sweater

Ugly Sweater Ideas for Your Holiday Party

For G and PL | $41.99


Light Up Christmas Sweater


Happy Birthday Jesus Sweater

Ugly Sweater Ideas for Your Holiday Party

Tipsy Elves | $39.95


Unicorn Christmas Cardigan

Unicorn Christmas Cardigan

Tipsy Elves | $39.95 +


Disney Mickey Mouse Christmas Crew Neck Sweater

Mickey Mouse crew neck sweater

Mickey Mouse | $49.99


Politically Correct Holiday Sweater

Ugly Christmas Sweater

Blanket Boss | $84.99


Sweater Weather Christmas Sweater

Sweater Weather Christmas Sweater

A New Day | $30


Disney Minnie Mouse Christmas Crew Neck Sweater

Minnie Mouse Christmas Crew Neck Sweater

Minnie Mouse | $49.99


Light Show Light Up Sweater


Holiday Blazer

Men's Holiday Blazer

Tipsy Elves | $69.95


Patchwork Sweater

Ugly Christmas Sweater

Blanket Boss | $84.99


This article has been edited and updated.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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