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They have been done to death, but there is still something kinda fun and certainly kitschy about an ugly sweater party. At the very least it’s an excuse to down one-too-many spiked eggnogs. Don’t fight it, embrace it. Here are seven spots holding ugly sweater parties this month.

1. Ugly Mug

In case the name didn’t tip you off, this place loves to celebrate ugly things. From 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, their official Ugly Sweater Party takes place. Prize for the best sweater is $100, while runner up gets a $50 gift certificate. Miller Lites can be had for $3 and guests can enjoy live music from Lima Bean Riot. The Ugly Mug is located at 426 Washington St. in Cape May. Go to for more info.

2. Cape May Brewing Co.

Now in its fourth year, Cape May Brewing Company’s Ugly Sweater Party is an all-day affair. Beginning at noon and running until 9 p.m., this nine-hour event features a variety of Christmas-y craft beers with such fun names as Pine Needle IPA, Fruitcake Bog, Gingerbread Mop Water and Peppermint King Porter Stomp among others. There will be a raffle and prizes handed out hourly starting at 3:30 p.m. And from 6-8:30 p.m. they’ll have a silent disco, so you can embody the spirit of “Dancer,” an obscure, yet beloved member of Santa’s reindeer fleet. Cape May Brewing Co. is located at 1288 Hornet Road in Cape May. Go to

3. Little Water and the Orange Loop

For those who prefer to bar hop in their ugliest holiday threads, Atlantic City’s Little Water Distillery will host the 2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Tour from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. A free jitney will continuously run between Little Water and the Orange Loop businesses, which include Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall, MADE Chocolate Bar and Bourre. Guests will have the opportunity to take pics with Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall’s Zombie Santa. No charge for photos. Little Water Distillery is located at 807 Baltic Ave. in Atlantic City. Go to

4. Tony’s Baltimore Grill

In case you thought the only reason to come to Tony’s Baltimore Grill was for their awesome pizza, let it be known that they can party with the best of them. And starting at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, they will host their official Ugly Sweater Party. The event will feature $6 Tito’s and Jameson cocktails as well as $3 shot specials, a DJ, prizes and giveaways. Tony’s Baltimore Grill is located at 2800 Atlantic Ave. in Atlantic City. For more info go to

5. McCullough’s Pub

Generally heart attacks and Christmas don’t make for a good pairing, but in the case of McCullough’s Ugly Sweater Party it’s nothing to be alarmed about. Doctor Phil & the Heart Attacks will perform at the event which runs from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. Prizes will be awarded for “Ugliest Sweater,” “Ugliest Couple” and more. McCullough’s Pub is located at 3016 Ocean Heights Ave. in Egg Harbor Township. Go to

6. Willow Creek Winery

For a slightly more sophisticated version of an ugly sweater party, head to Willow Creek Winery from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. This yule-tide event will include local wines, live music from Dan Barry and loads of Christmas cheer. Reservations are recommended. Willow Creek Winery is located at 160 Stevens St. in Cape May. For more info go to

7. Farpoint Toys & Collectibles

If you want to participate in an ugly sweater event but don’t feel like hanging around someplace all night, this is the event for you. Farpoint Toys and Collectibles is hosting an ugly sweater contest. Just stop by the store on Saturday, Dec. 15, in your ugliest sweater to enter. Winners will receive a swag bag full of goodies. Farpoint Toys and Collectibles is located at 5113 Harding Highway in Mays Landing. Go to for more.

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