Cancer Council's ugly Christmas rashies keep the festive spirit alive in Australia

Snow-covered streets, hot chocolate by the fire and ugly Christmas sweaters are (apparently) what the festive season is all about.

At least that’s what pop culture has led us to believe. 

No matter how much we dream of a White Christmas, we are just not going to get that here in Australia (unless Tasmania decides to snow in summer again).

But never fear; not all the elements which make a White Christmas so special are completely lost to us here in the Land Down Under. 

Enter, the ugly Christmas rashie – Australia’s answer to the Northern Hemisphere’s woolly jumper.

The two Ugly Xmas Rashie designs. Photo: supplied.

The two Ugly Xmas Rashie designs. Photo: supplied.

The Cancer Council has sold about 25,000 of these Christmas wonders since launching the original red kangaroo design in 2015 – 10,000 of which were sold during this year’s summer season. 

Red not your colour? No problem. 

This year also saw the blue cockatoo design take flight. 

“The 2017 true-blue cockatoo Ugly Xmas Rashie has had a fantastic response – and is our most popular design to date,” Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan said.

“This year we have already sold nearly 10,000 Ugly Xmas Rashies to Australians looking to join the festive trend and stay SunSmart this season.

“This year we also launched the Ugly Xmas Cycling jersey which has been a hit and has completely sold out.”

Designed by Australian sportswear company Scody, the rashie is rated UPF50+ and comes in adult and children’s sizes. 

“With two in three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime – we are always looking for ways to make sure Australians can safely have fun in the sun – and this product does just that,” Ms McMillan said. 

To get your Christmas rashie, head to while stocks last. 

 For more information on the Cancer Council go to or phone 13 11 20.​ 

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