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Vancouver’s annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party is back! Now in its 10th consecutive year, the popular tradition gets over 1,000 guests showing off their priceless holiday cheer. Tickets for the Commodore Ballroom event (happening on December 23) can be ordered either over the phone or online (phone number below). A portion of each $30 (including $5 service fee) ticket sale will go towards charity, and you must be 19 or over to attend.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
[Photo credit: paperladyinvites on Flickr]

I was trying to learn where this tradition came from, and after a bit of random online searching, I discovered that Vancouver invented this party! It started with the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party website, aiming to get the word out for putting those tacky, bulky woolen sweaters to use. The website has grown over the years (and now even sells ugly sweaters!) and invites readers to submit party information from around the globe.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Twins!
[Photo credit: TheUglySweaterShop on Flickr]

If you’re looking for ideas, this is a great place to get inspiration.

Whether you’re after the ugly Christmas ornament, silly antlers, or retro 60’s motifs, feel free to wear the most outrageous sweater you’ve got. I’m sure you’ll be in good company. The party will include live music, 500+ prize giveaways, eggnog, mistletoe, Santa and a lot of fun times with the ugly sweater community.

And if you’re not yet convinced that this trend has gone viral, check out the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Book: The Definitive Guide to Getting Your Ugly On!

UPDATE! I’ve added a photo set on Flickr from the event. There were some great sweaters out in the 1,000+ crowd of party goers!

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
Venue: Commodore Ballroom
Date: Friday, December 23, 8 pm
Tickets: $30, available by phoning Ticketmaster at 604.280.4444 or online

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