Fight off the cold in an ugly sweater for fun and prizes!

Holiday Cocktail Ugly Sweater Party

Black Hawk Mini Park — Saturday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m.

The horror! The horror! -- photo by Yutaka Seki
The horror! The horror! — photo by Yutaka Seki

Don we now our most flagrant fashion faux pas — it’s time for an ugly sweater party! Hosted by the Iowa City Downtown District and the Iowa Fashion Project, this free event is a chance to gather with friends and celebrate the chill of the season.

The event starts at 8 p.m., with judging in the ugly sweater contest happening between 9:30 and 10 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Most Creative (DIY), Most Stylish (judging your ensemble as a whole) and Best Pop-culture Reference. Among the judges are Andre’ Wright of Born Leaders United, Little Village‘s own Frankie Schneckloth, Kyra Seay and Maddie Bro.

There will also be a cash bar, so you can purchase cocktails to warm you from the inside out, games to play and music provided by Mike Stenerson and Brendan Hanks. The event takes place in a cozy, festive tent set up in Black Hawk Mini Park on the Ped Mall in downtown Iowa City.

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