Our first ever Ugly Sweater Party on Friday night at Ocean Gateway in Portland provided hundreds of people with a festive night of music, dancing, Sam Adams beer, and a chance to show off their creative holiday sweaters.

Thanks to our sponsors, which also included Maine Standard Biofuels, Mt. Abram Ski Area, and the Maine Alzheimer's Association, the event was totally free! As the temperature went down on a cold winter night, the party inside Ocean Gateway really heated up as more and more holiday party seeking folks arrived. They also had a ball getting photos of their creative holiday sweaters with the Photo Market Snap Tap computer camera.

We also awarded $1,000 in prize money for “Ugliest Sweater,” “Most Creative Outfit,” and “Holy Holiday Cheer.” Overall, the Ugly Sweater Party provided a fun way for people to jump start the holiday season.

What follows is an image gallery of the outrageous holiday fun that was had by all. Happy Holidays!