National Ugly Sweater Day - December 16
Fri, Dec 15, 2023

National Ugly Sweater Day

Happy National Ugly Sweater Day! It’s time to take out all your Christmas decorations and get ready to have a good laugh! This comic holiday has been beloved by Americans for many years.


In the 1950s, Christmas in the United States was heavily commercialized, and sweaters were sold in abundance. These sweaters were mostly quite nice, which made them a success. Then the series “The Cosby Show” was released, and the character of Cliff Huxtable was often seen wearing sweaters with awkward patterns – this made them instantly famous. In the 1990s, the trend died down, but it was revived again in 2001 with the release of the movie Bridget Jones’s Diary. This ridiculous character made the ugly sweaters popular again, and they became a national favorite.

Christmas sweaters are so terrible that they are loved by many people. It’s a great way to make others laugh, to be silly, and to not worry about what others think. And it’s a great way to celebrate National Ugly Sweater Day with friends and family.

Useful facts

  • About 23% of Americans will get an ugly sweater for Christmas and show it off.
  • Every year, 10% of people decide to attend a sweater party for the first time.
  • Most Americans can’t bring themselves to throw away an ugly sweater, even if they think it’s just horrible.

How to take part

Have some fun on National Ugly Sweater Day by getting yourself a new, even uglier sweater. Organize a party or attend an event. Or create your own unique sweater – get some paints, tinsel, and glue and make something special.

When is National Ugly Sweater Day celebrated in 2023?

National Ugly Sweater Day is observed on the third Friday of December each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Friday December 15 2023
Friday December 20 2024
Friday December 19 2025
Friday December 18 2026