The Ugly Sweater Run Is Like Fashion Week, But Relatable – In Pictures

Many things point to the approaching winter holidays – Mariah Carey is back to our playlists, stores are decked in overwhelming amounts of decorations, ice skating rinks are popping up like mushrooms after the rain... But the ugly Christmas sweater trend is on a league of its own.

Once a loving gift from your unsuspecting grandma, the ugly sweater has now become a staple of every holiday-themed party with people flocking to thrift and chain stores so they could surprise friends with the tackiest garment ever made. Dorky but also kind of cozy and cool, ugly Christmas sweaters have been prominently featured in pop culture, from the classic scene in Bridget Jones's Diary to Jimmy Fallon's 12 Days of Christmas Sweaters.

So it shouldn't come as a surprise to you that such a thing as the national Ugly Sweater Run exists and attracts crowds of excited Americans who don't feel like letting their horrendous jumpers skulk in the back of their closets.

(Photo: Jorge Garcia/NYC-SPC)

(Photo: Jorge Garcia/NYC-SPC)

This year, the Ugly Sweater Run came back to New York, Seattle, Washington DC, Boston, Atlanta, and other cities across the states. Organized in partnership with Kahlua, the run benefits One Warm Coat, a nonprofit working to provide free coats to people in need.

We couldn't pass up an opportunity to see a bunch of New Yorkers prance around in their ugliest Christmas sweaters, so we set out to capture the event in all its glory. Check out some shots below and get some outfit inspo for your next holiday party:

(Photo: Jorge Garcia/NYC-SPC)

(Photo: Jorge Garcia/NYC-SPC)

(Photo: Jorge Garcia/NYC-SPC)

(Photo: Jorge Garcia/NYC-SPC)

(Photo: Jorge Garcia/NYC-SPC)

(Photo: Jorge Garcia/NYC-SPC)

(Photo: Jorge Garcia/NYC-SPC)

(Photo: Jorge Garcia/NYC-SPC)

(Photo: Jorge Garcia/NYC-SPC)

(Photo: Jorge Garcia/NYC-SPC)

(Photo: Jorge Garcia/NYC-SPC)

(Photo: Jorge Garcia/NYC-SPC)

(Photo: Jorge Garcia/NYC-SPC)

Photos courtesy of Jorge Garcia of the New York City Street Photography Collective