Get your ugly sweaters out

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Most folks have experienced the unfortunate event of receiving a horrid holiday sweater as a gift. It's enough to leave you wondering just how you got on the naughty list, or on a list even lower than naughty, since you got this instead of a lump of coal. But, for those of you who felt obligated to keep the dreadful unworn sweater, it now has a purpose, that is, thanks to Dixie's Tavern. The bar will host an Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest on Saturday, Dec. 19. Prizes will be awarded in categories for "Ugliest Guy's Sweater" and "Ugliest Girl's Sweater." So, if you still have that ugly sweater, throw it on. If not, hit up your local thrift store for an assortment of holiday sweater rejects. In addition, during the festivities free draft beer and an appetizer buffet will be available, as well as drink specials and other prizes (including tickets to Dixie's Tavern's New Year's Eve party and free gift certificates). 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Dixie's Tavern, 301 E. 7th St. www.dixiecharlotte.com.

— Anita Overcash

If you'd rather steer clear of Uptown, but still want to sport your ugly holiday sweater, head out to The Sunset Club. Charlotte Junior Chamber is proud — why? I'm not sure — to present "The Best Ugly Christmas Sweater Party" Saturday night from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. The Sunset Club, 1820 South Blvd. www.sunsetclubcharlotte.com.

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