Light Up St. Johns: Ugly Sweater Events

Join your neighbors as we Light Up St. Johns for the holidays! The Boosters and local businesses present a series of celebrations to revel in the most festive of seasons:

Ugly Sweater Holiday Window Display

Nov. 6-Jan. 1

  • Take a walk through the district day or night to see our decorated windows featuring local artists’ interpretations of the Ugly Sweater theme.

Ugly Sweater Cut Outs Photo Contest

November 17th-December 17th

  • We want to see YOU in an ugly sweater!
  • Local businesses have decorated life-sized plywood ugly sweater cutouts, which will be hosted at district businesses. See the map below for locations of participating businesses to enter to win! 
  • How to enter: Post of photo of yourself with one of the ugly sweaters on your public Instagram page and use the hashtag #uglysweaterstjohns which enters you to win one of our weekly drawings for a $50 Snack Pack of gift cards to St. Johns food and beverage businesses. 

Mini Ugly Sweater Scavanger Hunt

November 17th – December 17th

  • Find the mini sweaters! Hosted by Weird Sisters yarn shop, 25 volunteers have knit mini ugly sweaters that will be used to decorate the windows of select St. Johns businesses. Pick up a scavenger hunt form at any of the businesses where you find the mini sweaters – complete the form to enter to win! 

Ugly Sweater Tree Lighting

November 17th: 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

  • Join the Boosters for our annual Community Tree Lighting event in the Plaza! Decorate an ornament to hang on the tree with an Ugly Sweater ornament kit from IQ Credit Union, snap a holiday photo in the Uniko Fotobus, and take in the sound of the Roosevelt High School choir while enjoying free hot chocolate and Cookie Monsterz cookies. Count down with us as we light the Community Tree for everyone to enjoy throughout the season!

Ugly Sweater Celebration and Shopping Event

November 25th 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • Come celebrate Small Business Saturday in St. Johns! Join us in the Plaza to visit the home-based businesses, The Smalls mini horses, listen to holiday favorites performed by Portland Standard Time band and watch for carolers who will be singing throughout the district. Grab a passport and map at our info table for a chance to win one of our drawing gift baskets! Visit all of our local businesses throughout the day for specials and other events. Make St. Johns your first stop to shop for the holidays!

Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl

December 9th 6 p.m.-1 1p.m.

  • Don your best ugly sweater and come have a cheers with your neighbors to celebrate the season! We’ll start at Leisure Public House, move to The Fixin’ To, swing by Slims and finish the night at The Park Taphouse. Collect stamps on your Ugly Sweater commemorative coaster for your chance at a free Double Mountain Falalala beer at The Park. Drink specials, scavenger hunt and free pizza are in store – come toast to St. Johns!
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