9 amazing ugly sweater events in Birmingham this holiday season

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‘Tis the season for ugly sweaters. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Is there a better way to spread holiday cheer than wearing an ugly Christmas sweater? We don’t think so! From puppies to a bar crawl, throw on your best holiday sweater at these events to celebrate the season in Birmingham.

1. Toy drive for United Ability—Dec. 7

Cahaba Brewing Co.
Cheers to this holiday party. (Cahaba Brewing Co / Facebook)

Santa is coming to the Magic City! The American Advertising Foundation (AAF), Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and American Marketing Association (AMA) are hosting an event to help out United Ability.

Kick off the festivities with a tacky sweater contest, door prizes, an art auction, holiday treats and a signature holiday cocktail at this holiday party. Plus, you get to be Santa Claus for kids in need with a toy drive for United Ability.

2. 1st Annual Uptown Christmas Bar Crawl—Dec. 9

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Listen to groovy music at Uptown Jazz. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Raise your glass to this new bar crawl for the holiday season. Uptown Entertainment District wants you to come out in an ugly sweater for a night of holiday food and drink specials, promotions and fun. Participating bars include:

  • Tod English PUB
  • Santos Coffee
  • Topgolf
  • Uptown Jazz

Don’t want to be the D.D. or catch an Uber? The Sheraton Birmingham Hotel and The Westin Birmingham are offering holiday room night packages for all bar crawlers.

  • When: Friday, December 9 | Starts at 5:30PM
  • Where: Participating bars

3. Santa Paws Paint & Sip—Dec. 10

Your furry friends can tag along to this event. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Puppies, painting and Christmas festivities have to be the best combination ever. Head over to Cahaba Brewing Company with your furry friend to sip on a tasty beer and show off your artistic skills. Plus, you can munch on a delicious bite from The Current food truck.

4. 5th Annual Ugly Sweater Crawl—Dec. 10

Which bar are you most excited to head to? (Lauren Bedford / Bham Now)

Cheers to holiday happenings, including this can’t-miss bar crawl. You can grab a cocktail or a cold beer—there are drink specials—at these Lakeview bars:

  • Innisfree
  • Moe’s
  • Mojo
  • Sidebar
  • Steel
  • Tin Roof

The crawl is for all 21+, so grab your BFFs and get ready for a night of music, photo booths and, of course, ugly sweaters.

5. Carrigan’s Xmas Onesie Party—Dec. 11

‘Tis the season for holiday onesies. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Stay cozy by wearing your best holiday onesie (we bet there are a few of you with a Grinch one) and head over to Carrigan’s Beer Garden for a night of fun, including karaoke and $3 red and green jello shots.

Even better, this Christmas party is a time to give back—toys donated will be given to the local chapter of Toys for Tots.

6. Sweaters and Sweets—Dec. 13

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How high can you climb? (Bham Now)

Climb to new heights at this cheerful High Point Climbing and Fitness event. They’re ringing in the Christmas season with four C’s: cocoa, cookies, crazy sweaters and climbing. Put on your most iconic holiday sweater and score half off on a day pass.

7. Speed Dating: Holiday Ugly Sweater Edition—Dec. 15

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Ready for cocktails and love at Steel? (Steel Gastropub)

Looking for a sweetheart to make the holidays even better? Dress your best in an ugly sweater, sip on a cocktail and maybe you’ll find your special someone. It’s a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie in the making.

8. Una Navidad Sin Ti—Dec. 17

Calling all music lovers 18+, get your ugliest sweater ready because it’s going down at Zydeco. Celebrate the holiday season with a night of dancing to cumbia, EDM and reggaeton. Plus, you can win big (we’re talking about $500) for the two ugliest sweaters.

You can also get ready to snap a photo on their Christmas-themed patio. Worried about being chilly? Don’t worry, there will be heaters.

9. Holiday Sweater Party at Avenue D—Dec. 22

You have to snap a pic in Avenue D’s iconic bathrooms. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Stop by one of Lakeview’s newest event venues for a holiday party you won’t forget. This gathering at Avenue D is more than just ugly sweaters. Grab a drink to sip on and maybe win some prizes, including gift cards.

Are you heading to Huntsville? Take your ugly sweater with you to these events.

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Selah Vetter
Selah Vetter
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