British Columbia

Ugly Christmas sweaters more popular than ever in Vancouver

The ugly Christmas sweater has become an unlikely must-have for the Yuletide season - but just how ugly is yours?

Street vendors say they've seen a rise in sales of ugly Christmas sweaters in recent years

CBC reporter Jason Proctor shows off an ugly Christmas sweater. (CBC)

The ugly Christmas sweater has become an unlikely must-have for the Yuletide season - and that surge in popularity means finding an authentic sweater can be tough to track down, and comes with a high price tag.

"Vancouver is the mecca of the ugly Christmas sweater scene," said Ned Buckland, who sells the sweaters at an Ugly Sweater Stand on Granville Street.

Ned Buckland is selling ugly Christmas sweaters on Granville Street. (Jenni Sheppard/CBC)

That popularity has been turned into charity. Jordan Birch, of the Now That's Ugly Society, first held an ugly sweater house party in Coquitlam in 2002 to benefit a friend with cancer.

The event has become an annual tradition, and has raised more than $100,000 over the last 13 years.

"What we're seeing now is a huge popularity in purchasing sweaters, a huge popularity in events," said Birch.

The sweaters are also popular among CBC listeners.

Pepper Faber tweeted this photo of herself and her friends in what she described as their Black Friday attire:

Can't see the image? Click here to see Faber's original photo.

With files from the CBC's Jason Proctor


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.