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If you’re lucky tonight, everyone will think your outfit is ugly — at least if you’re at Luncharitos anyway. For their first-ever holiday party, the taqueria is hosting an ugly holiday sweater contest tonight (Dec. 20). The “winner” gets a $100! That’s enough money to get a new (and potentially less ugly) sweater.

Here are some tips to up your odds.

  1. Are you going to wear that? We all know one person who is perhaps a little too into the holiday spirit. They might have the sweater you’re looking for. Pro tip: bring over cookies, hot chocolate and give them your very best rendition of “Frosty the Snowman” before asking to borrow their worst sweater. After all he or she would be saving you money or time crafting your own outfit.
  2. Hit the thrift shop. So your pal already has plans with her sweater. Fine. It’s time for plan B — shopping. As the Macklemore song suggests, rocking hand me downs works on almost any occasion, but you can really score a second-hand gem for the ugly sweater contest. Bonus, you can score some cool, last minute gifts while you’re at it. There are plenty of local thrift stores that benefit charitable causes, too. We like the Eastern Long Island Hospital’s Opportunity Shop in Greenport.
  3. Get crafty. So maybe shopping five days before Christmas isn’t your thing. When all else fails, break out the glue gun and glitter because its time to get creative. Pull out an old sweater and get to work. There are no rules for this one. The more glitter, lights and garland, the closer you are to $100.

Once you’re ready to amaze, head over to Luncharitos where local DJ Dreslay will be spinning Top 40 and dance music. The party starts at 8 p.m. tonight (Dec. 20) at 119 Main Street in Greenport. The “winner” of the ugly sweater contest to be announced at 1:30 a.m.

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