Ugly Holiday Sweaters for When You're Feeling a Little Extra
Published on December 7, 2022

Ugly Holiday Sweaters for When You're Feeling a Little Extra [Gift Guide]

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It's about that time of the year. The temperatures are dropping, people who still wear shorts in October are starting to put on jeans, and Christmas music is prematurely playing on the radio. Let's take time to appreciate the best part of the change in seasons: it's now appropriate to wear ugly holiday sweaters! Retailers like us at are turning the familiar styles and aesthetics into something between ugly and cute. There are a TON of ugly Christmas sweaters out there, so we'll make it easy to find the ugly sweater aesthetic that's right for you. Hopefully, you'll find the Christmas sweater of your dreams!


Christmas Movie Sweaters and Sweatshirts

Christmas Movie Sweaters and Sweatshirts

A Christmas StoryNational Lampoon's Christmas VacationSanta's ComingElf Sweater

Have a holly, jolly Christmas with these hilarious holiday sweaters and sweatshirts! If you find yourself turning on Christmas movies like Elf, A Christmas Story and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, you'll love representing your holiday favorites in cozy sweater form. Fans of gaudy knit sweaters can cozy up in leg lamps and pink bunny suits, or a sweater version of Will Ferrell's Elf outfit. However, if you're hoping for a pop of color and vivid details, you'll still be plenty warm with a printed Christmas sweatshirt with fuzzy fleece lining.


2022 Holiday Sweaters

2022 Holiday Sweaters

Mega Man SweatshirtHedwig SweaterPotato Head SweaterFriends Sweater

You can't knock a classic, and these comfy knit women's and mens' Christmas sweaters will fill you with holiday cheer! Celebrate with your favorite movie series, or keep those frosty feelings at bay in a warm Megaman sweater. There's even an adorable sweater that reminds us of some of our favorite childhood toys. (And the potato head pieces can be taken off, too!) You'll certainly receive a warm welcome at any holiday party while wearing these cute Christmas sweaters.


Batman Villain Sweaters

Batman Villain Sweaters

Joker SweaterHarley Quinn SweaterRiddler

Many of us are familiar with the Batman version of Jingle Bells as sung by the Joker, but how do the famous Batman villains really celebrate the holidays when they're not pulling off a holiday caper? Does the Riddler arrange a holiday scavenger hunt with his henchmen? Maybe Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy take a stroll to see the Gotham holiday light display. No matter the holiday hubbub, you're bound to feel deviously delightful in these Batman villain Christmas sweaters.


Harry Potter Sweaters

Harry Potter Sweaters

Luna Lovegood SweaterDiagon Alley SweaterNiffler SweaterHoneydukes Sweater

Christmas at Hogwarts is always a spectacle, and we'd expect nothing less from a batch of Harry Potter Christmas sweaters and sweatshirts. Celebrate in style with Harry and Ron's R and H Christmas sweaters, or snag a lively Luna look. The Patronus-themed printed sweatshirt achieves a cool glowing effect that features a number of famous animal guardians.


Movie Sweaters

Movie Sweaters

LOTR Treebeard SweaterCaroling Gremlins SweaterWilly Wonka SweaterFrosty the Snowman
The Incredibles SweaterThe Matrix SweaterThe Wizard of Oz SweaterCaddyshack Sweater

Were you hoping to find an ugly sweater that doesn't feel anchored to the Christmas holiday? Check out these lovely licensed sweaters featuring some of our favorite movies! The unisex fit ensures that movie fans can wear whatever their hearts desire! We love the Lord of the Rings sweaters, but who could pass up the computer coding featured in The Matrix? If you're fond of even louder designs, we also have colorful picks from The Wizard of Oz, Caddyshack and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! Great for Christmas or a winter movie night, you'll love wearing these geek ugly Christmas sweater designs again and again.


TV Christmas Sweaters

TV Christmas Sweaters

Ted Lasso SweaterPower Rangers SweaterG.I. Joe Cobra SweaterTom and Jerry Sweater

Not to be outdone by the silver screen, we love these licensed sweaters featuring some of our favorite TV series! Ted Lasso is a must-watch, and who could forget the 90s powerhouse that was the Power Rangers? We also love how these pop culture sweaters remain wearable outside of the Christmas holiday for a fun, cozy clothing option. Snuggle up at home to stream some TV shows or go grocery shopping in style—there's no wrong way to wear a fun character sweater!


Funny Holiday Sweaters

Funny Holiday Sweaters

Buddy Christ SweaterKitty Trouble PulloverReindeer Head JumperSanta vs. Shark Sweater

If you're expecting to wear an ugly Xmas sweater for a holiday party—or perhaps an ugly Christmas sweater party—inject some fun into the moment with something funny! Silly sweaters with Santa doing something goofy or strange are always a hoot. Or, you could try a 3D holiday sweater such as this wreath sweater, or this cat sweater with decorative pom poms. Even a Jesus Christmas sweater can have some humor to it. This Buddy Christ sweater from Dogma is for film fans and funny Christmas sweater lovers alike!


Cute Holiday Sweaters

Cute Holiday Sweaters

Sloth SweaterLlama Christmas SweaterCorgi SweaterNarwhal Sweater

Ugly Christmas sweaters used to be "ugly" but they have since evolved into something more stylish. If you have an ugly sweater party coming up and are trying to stick with something that's cute, these are some of your best options. Can you imagine walking around the party with a cup of hot cocoa while sporting a sweater of a sloth with a Santa hat? You'll be the talk of the party! How about an adorable sweater with a corgi bounding through the snow? If none of these are quite your style, you can always choose other sweaters with cute animals or perhaps even a gingerbread house. Who wouldn't get a kick out of that?


Best Holiday Sweaters

Best Christmas Sweaters

Ornaments Christmas SweaterSnowman SweaterGingerbread House SweaterVintage Santa Sweater

Now if you're looking for a more festive outfit and want to don the red and green, we've got a selection for you to choose from. These aren't just any holiday sweaters, though! Additions like tinsel, bows, sparkly yarn, lights and fantastic patterns make these holiday sweaters extra-festive! Rock around the Christmas tree sparkling with glitter and tinsel, or mimic the presents underneath. Perhaps you can even pull the fam together for a Christmas sweater family photo. With holiday sweaters as festive as these, no one is going to take your Christmas spirit into question!


Kids' Holiday Sweaters

Kids' Christmas Sweaters

The Flash SweaterWonder Woman SweaterBatman Christmas SweaterChristmas Present Sweater

Ugly Christmas sweaters may seem like an adult affair, but kids can get in on the silly Christmas spirit, too! A Batman Christmas sweater or perhaps a Wonder Woman sweater would be sure to make your kids keener on joining in with this weird holiday tradition. It's going to be hard to refer to these holiday sweaters for kids as "ugly" when they're so cute! You're going to want to take plenty of holiday photos to hang onto these memories for years to come.


Tacky Holiday Sweaters

Tacky Christmas Sweaters

Snowman Balls Sweater3D Krampus SweaterSanta Candy Cane SweaterChristmas Cocktails Sweater

Ugly Christmas sweater parties can get a little crazy. (Perhaps even a lotta crazy!) Party animals who love 3d sweaters and tacky, inappropriate ugly Christmas sweaters are going to need some serious stones to pull off these ensembles. Whether you're going for innuendo or politically incorrect humor, you're not going to be left out in the cold looking for something to wear. Now, we're not saying that these adult humor holiday sweaters should be worn to the family Christmas party, but that's ultimately your call.


Nerdy Christmas Sweaters 

These days, it's cool to be a nerd. Being a fan of Star Wars, superheroes, and video games is no longer a reason to be made fun of. If anything, it gives you more street credit. When it comes to geek apparel, you'll find plenty of nerdy sweaters to sate your appetite. Rep your favorite heroes/Jedis/droids and pick from our geeky Christmas sweater line and bring out the hero in you.


Anime Sweaters

Anime Sweaters

Sailor Moon SweaterMy Hero Academia SweaterSailor Mercury SweaterDBZ Goku Sweater

Not to be left out, we absolutely love these anime sweaters! Find fan favorites with classics from Sailor Moon sweaters to Dragon Ball Z, or try something new with a My Hero Academia sweater. Perfect for watching your favorite anime shows at home or taking them to an anime convention, you can wear your fandom loud and proud. Now if you'll excuse us, we're going to grab a bowl of our favorite ramen.


80s Holiday Sweaters

80s Christmas Sweaters

Gizmo Gremlins SweaterGrumpy Bear SweaterDark Crystal SweaterALF Ugly Christmas Sweater
Labyrinth Holiday SweaterRainbow Brite Ugly SweaterStreet Fighter SweaterFraggle Rock Sweatshirt

While nerdy holiday sweaters might not be terribly "Christmasy", that only gives you more excuses to wear them during the colder months. (Here in Minnesota, that's practically 3/4 of the year!) Celebrate with 80s greats like Gremlins—arguably one of the best Christmas movies of all time—Care Bears, Rainbow Brite, Labyrinth and ALF. Your friends are about to be jealous that they don't have the coolest Christmas sweater at the holiday party. While most of these sweaters are unisex styles, we do have a hi-lo women's ugly Christmas sweater too. You'll certainly feel at your holiday best!


Superhero Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Superhero Holiday Sweaters

Venom SweaterWonder Woman SweaterThe Flash SweaterAvengers Cardigan

Is there anything nerdier than some great comic book character ugly sweaters? Sure, they have gone a bit more mainstream these days because of some of our favorite DC and Marvel movies, but you can still carry some serious nerd cred with these ugly Xmas sweaters. Show your dedication to comic books with Venom, Wonder Woman, The Flash and a number of other themed holiday sweaters. Also, should you be in a pinch at any comics convention, you'll be able to wear your favorite nerdy sweater again!


So which sweater are you going to wear this year? Something geeky? Something funny? Something cute? Maybe something on sale? (We love sales here at, so you're sure to find cheap ugly sweaters that are the quality you want and won't break the bank.) Let us know in the comments below! Happy holidays!

Angela Poch
Angela Poch

Angela Poch is an Inbound Marketing Specialist and Resident Crazy Cat Lady at, where she is an assistant editor and writes about Disney, Pokémon, and gift guides.

What’s fun for her? Angela keeps busy playing video games (Fire Emblem, Pokémon, and Skyrim are her favorites), drawing, sewing, and taking silly pictures with her cats. You can follow her on Twitter @AngelaPoch1 or her cats on Instagram @stardustnebulanova.