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. 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 additions to an oversized cardigan.

The ugly sweater party first started as an excuse to hit the thrift stores or rifle through your parent’s closet. It’s since gotten even more creative, as designers have started to produce contemporary versions of the now-vintage garments. Many have taken the essence of these 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 and are sure to get you noticed at your next ugly sweater party (even if it's a virtual one this year).

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

Looking for ugly sweater ideas? Here are 25 ugly Christmas sweater ideas you can wear to your next holiday party (even if it's a virtual one)!


Resting Grinch Face Sweater

Resting Grinch Face Christmas Sweater

Dr. Seuss | $30


Gingerbread Snack Sweater

Gingerbread Snack Sweater

Tipsy Elves | $49.95 +


Kids Holiday Hooded Pull Over Sweater

Kids Holiday Hooded Pullover

Well Worn | $20


Christmas Sweater

Ugly Sweater Ideas for Your Holiday Party

For G and PL | $19.99


Light Up Christmas Sweater

Ugly Sweater Ideas for Your Holiday Party

Tipsy Elves | $49.95


Santa Whale Tale Sweater

Whale Tale

Tipsy Elves | $49.95 +


Happy Birthday Jesus Sweater

Ugly Sweater Ideas for Your Holiday Party

Tipsy Elves | $49.95


Christmas Tree Tassel Sweater

Christmas Tree Tassel Sweater

Tipsy Elves | $44.95 +


Llama Sweater

Ugly Sweater Ideas for Your Holiday Party

Blizzard Bay | $25.36+


Golden Girls Christmas Sweater


Kid's Sloth Christmas Sweater

Kid's Ugly Christmas Sweater

BFUStyle | $23.98


Star Wars Darth Vader Sweater

Star Wars Darth Vader Sweater

Star Wars | $30


Women's Garland Cardigan 

Ugly Christmas Sweater for Women

Tipsy Elves | $59.95


Blizzard Buddies Christmas Sweater

Jesus Blizzard Buddies

Blizzard Bay | $26.39+


Black Cat Ugly Christmas Sweater

Blizzard Bay Ugly Christmas Sweater

Blizzard Bay | $26.39 +


Unicorn Christmas Cardigan

Unicorn Christmas Cardigan

Tipsy Elves | $49.95 +


ELF Sweater Cardigan


Politically Correct Holiday Sweater


Bob Ross Happy Little Holiday Sweater


Women's Holiday Llama Sweater

Holiday Llama Sweater

33 Degrees | $32.99


Merry Pugly Christmas

Ugly Christmas Sweater

Memetic Shop | $19.99+


Gift Wrapped Sweater

Tipsy Elves | $49.95+


Light Show Light Up Sweater

Light Up Light Show Sweater

Tipsy Elves | $49.95+


Holiday Blazer

Men's Holiday Blazer

Tipsy Elves | $64.95


Patchwork Sweater


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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