Who doesn’t love an over-the-top Ugly Christmas Sweater? There are parties, office competitions and Pinterest boards dedicated to the phenomenon which has experienced quite a resurgence over the past decade. ‘Ugly’ might be a little harsh, but it’s catchy. Words like ‘festive,’ ‘kitchy,’ or ‘novelty’ seem a little closer to the mark, but they don’t pack the same zing.  

Ridiculous holiday sweaters have been around for decades. Remember Chevy Chase in the 1989 film “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation?” Another fun fact: It’s no longer a trend isolated to Christmas. Ugly Hanukkah Sweaters are hot on the scene, too! We’ve yet to see an official Ugly Kwanzaa Sweater, but maybe this is the year! 

Ready to add an Ugly Christmas Sweater (or two) to your wardrobe? Here you go: 

Get thrifty. The Ugly Holiday Sweater isn’t brand-new. It’s an antiquity, one discovered, ideally, on a Saturday afternoon as you and a buddy, local lattes in hand, make your way through as many of OKC’s exceptional vintage and thrift stores. We recommend Bargain Thrift Store, Community Thrift, Bad Granny’s Bazaar in the Plaza District or Magoo’s Attic. There are also nine Goodwill thrift shops throughout the Metro, filled with treasures just waiting for you.  

There are terrific consignment shops, too, where you just might find seasonal splendor. Bottom Drawer Consignment Clothing is a hidden gem, as is The Roc Resale Shop. South OKC faves include Payless Thrift and Our Sisters’ Closet. Nearly New in the Britton District has an entire section dedicated to ugly Christmas sweaters.  

Head for the big box. Major retailers have been in on the Ugly Christmas Sweater trend for years. You’ll find a wide-ranging assortment of styles and price points at places like Walmart, Target, Kohl’s, TJ Maxx, Macy’s – even Bass Pro Shops – and many more.  

But why stop at a sweater? Savvy Santas will also find ‘ugly’ themed dresses, leggings, suits, ties and hats. As we made our merry way around the city, we’ve even spotted Ugly Christmas onesies, pet sweaters, tea towels and ornaments. 

If you find that you’ve been overtaken by the holiday spirit and you cannot get enough Christmas, there’s a shop you won’t want to miss. You’ll find beautiful German nutcrackers, Ino Schaller collectibles, ornaments and all sorts of décor and so much more at North Pole City, a family-owned Oklahoma City tradition since 1987. 

Find more ways to celebrate the holidays with our full round up of events and happenings around the city.