We don’t know how it became a thing, but we’re glad that folks of all faiths embrace the ugly Christmas sweater phenomenon. The Facebook photos are priceless. The 11th annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party is tonight at 8:30 p.m. at the Tower Tavern (401 E 31st Street). There’s an open bar and a costume contest at the party that benefits Operation Breakthrough. General admission tickets are $50.
Feeling a little sour? The Foundry (424 Westport Road) is hosting pHunk pHest — a tapping of 14 sour sales on Saturday beginning at 12 p.m. You can dive into Odell’s Brazzle, Prairie’s Cherry Funk and Samuel Adams Kosmic Mother Funk, among others. The pours are 6 ounces, two per order for a man or lady.
Got a Christmas cookie swap? Be a hero. Natasha’s Mulberry & Mott (216 West 73rd Street) is hosting a Gingerbread Jubilee Holiday Pop-Up Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with macarons, Meta Coffee, Vain Foods, caramels from Champagne Sucre, and authors Pete Dulin and Judith Fertig.
And now we shop, Kansas City. Made-A Kansas City Artist Market is tonight (6 to 9 p.m.) and tomorrow (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at Counter Point (1903 Wyandotte Street). There will be more than 20 local artists on hand, as well as holiday cocktails.
On the first bar of Christmas….There’s a 12 Bars of Christmas Pub Crawl in downtown Lee’s Summit this Saturday from 2 to 10 p.m. The fundraiser for Hope House actually has 13 stops, you can get your $10 lanyard and a Koozie at Konrad’s Tap House.
Dust off that Santa suit, SantaCon has returned. The Sandbar (17 E 8th Street, Lawrence) hosts SantaCon 2015 at 2 p.m. Saturday, where you’ll run into a whole bunch of St. Nicks and St. Nicoles. They request a $5 donation for the Lawrence Humane Society.
Torn Label Brewing Company is hosting a tap room party to benefit Great Plains SPCA on Saturday from 12 to 11 p.m. They’ll have $1 tasters of their Oscar brew with all proceeds going directly to the GPSPCA. Beer Paws will also be on hand selling dog treats made from Torn Label’s spent grains.