Ugly Sweater Party Ideas
|Ugly Sweater Party
An Ugly Sweater party is a great Holiday and Christmas time
theme for boys and girls, kids, tweens, teens and adults.
In the invitation ask guests to dress in their tackiest,
funniest and ugliest sweater for the party. Make sure to
let them know there will be prizes for the ugliest sweater or
Ugly Sweater Party Activities
Ugly Sweater Contest
On the party invitation ask guests to dress in their ugliest
sweater or outfit for the party. Once everyone arrives at
the party have guests model their ugly sweaters and outfits for all the
guests. Have a panel of judges decide the contest winners or
designate numbers for each guest and have a secret ballot.
Give away funny prizes to the winners.
Here are some examples of winner categories:
Almost as Ugly
Christmas Scavenger Hunt
Have the party guests go on a
Christmas scavenger hunt.
Our Christmas scavenger hunt list has lots of fun items to find and is
free to print out.
A fun twist to a traditional Scavenger Hunt - teams are taken out in
cars to find neighborhoods with holiday and Christmas light displays.
Use our list of 50 items to find!
White Elephant Gift Exchange
Fun party game for all ages! Guests bring unwanted or
funny gifts to the party and exchange them with other guests.
Complete instructions and details on how to play the
White Elephant party game.
Ugly Sweater Party Games
2 – 3 rolls of clear packing tape, lots of small prizes
/ wrapped candy. 2 dice
Players to try and unwrap the snowball
while it is their turn.
Before the party start to make a large round ball (snowball!) by
wrapping the packing tape around and around itself.
When you have a round base, about 2” diameter, start to add candy
and prizes one at a time as you wrap the tape around the ball.
When you are done the ball should be large and have candy and
prizes inside in layers.
Players sit in a circle and the ball
is given to one player and the dice to the player next to
them. On “go” the
player holding the ball tires to unwrap the
tape to get to a prize.
While the 1st player is trying to unwrap the ball the
player with the dice is rolling over and over trying to get doubles.
When the dice land on doubles the ball goes to the player that
was rolling the dice and they begin to try and unwrap a prize.
Players get to keep any prizes they unwrap.
The dice are passed to the next person.
This is a fun and fast paced game!
Ugly Holiday t-shirts, gallon Ziploc bags
Prep time the day before the party
The day before the party wet down the t-shirts with water and place in
gallon size Ziploc bags. Fill the Ziploc bags with water,
seal and freeze overnight. During the party break party
guests into teams and give each team a shirt in a Ziploc bag. On
"go" teams have to unfreeze the t-shirt by using only their hands,
breath or bodies. The first team that unfreezes their shirt
enough tso that one team member can put it on wins! place small toys inside an ice cube tray, fill
with water and freeze. This game is fun and challenging!
For a quicker game or for younger children freeze small prizes in large
ice cube trays overnight instead of using the t-shirts.
Pantyhose / balloons (not inflated)
Split players into two or three teams and give each team a bag of balloons and a pair of pantyhose. The teams must blow up balloons and stuff them into
pair of pantyhose. When the team feels their pantyhose antlers are complete, one person from the team puts on the pantyhose. The team with the best antlers
Red Christmas Tree
36 Red Solo type plastic cups
One at a time, give a player 36 red solo cups to stack into a pyramid, or Christmas tree, and then take back down again.
For more holiday and Christmas themed games see our pages on:
30 Christmas Minute to
Win It Games
Christmas Party Games
Ugly Sweater Party
Hot Chocolate Bar
Set up a Hot Chocolate bar filled with different types of hot cocoa,
candy canes, marshmallows, sprinkles, whipped topping cans, chocolate
and caramel syrup, chocolate chips, etc. Let everyone make their
own hot chocolate and enjoy it during the party.
Decorate Ugly Sweater Cookies
Make or buy cookies before the party using a sweater or shirt cookie
cutter. Set out different colored frostings and sprinkles so that
everyone can make their own ugly sweater cookie.
Ugly Sweater Party Favor Ideas
Stocking filled with candy
Wrapped present - give out from a Santa sack at the end of the party
Christmas tree ornament
Light up Christmas necklaces
Jingle Bell necklaces