This Friday, attend a holiday party in your most ugly festive wear: the Christmas sweater. That’s right, the Original Ugly Christmas Sweater Party is back at the Commodore Ballroom, where you can celebrate Christmas in your warmest, cosiest, and ugliest holiday knitwear. The event promises giveaways, carolling, eggnog chugging, a visit from Santa, and costume prizes for the Ugliest Sweater, the Most Original Sweater, Best Moustache, and Group Costume, with entertainment by Dr. Strangelove Band, Greg Drummond, and the Vancouver Sweet Soul Gospel Choir. The party, which began right here in the Lower Mainland, has since become a global trend with Ugly Christmas Sweater Parties around the world.
The Ugly Christmas Sweater Party began in 2001 as a small party between friends. Jordan Birch, Chris Boyd and Scott Lindsay wanted to have the cheesiest, most feel-good holiday party with all the festive features of carolling, eggnog, candy canes, mistletoe, tree decorating, and of course, ugly Christmas sweaters. First held in Scott’s living room, the party soon grew so large it had to be moved to the Highland Pub at SFU. With the crowds swelling to 400, the party made its final move to the Commodore Ballroom in 2006 and has since attracted 1,100 people to its festivities. The party has become so popular that Ugly Christmas Sweater Parties can now be found worldwide, and Mayor Gregor Robertson even declared December 20th as the official Ugly Christmas Sweater Day in the city of Vancouver.
Over the past decade, the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party has also donated thousands of dollars to charities and non-profit organisations. This year, organisers have created the Now That’s Ugly Society, a non-profit organisation partnered with The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. Proceeds from the 2013 Ugly Christmas Sweater Party will support the foundation in granting the wishes of children living with life threatening illnesses.
Tickets to the 2013 Ugly Christmas Sweater Party are $37.50 and can be bought at Ticketmaster. There is, of course, a mandatory ugly Christmas sweater dress code in effect. Partygoers are also encouraged to bring a pair of casually used shoes to donate to Ruben’s Shoes for kids and adults that don’t have any.
For more information, please visit the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party website.
The Original Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
Date: December 20th, 2013
Where: Commodore Ballroom
Tickets: $37.50 at Ticketmaster