Winter’s favorite drink will take center stage in downtown Athens, Alabama, the second Saturday in December when Spirit of Athens hosts the annual Sippin’ Cider. The holiday affair offers an evening of roasting marshmallows, shopping among local merchants, special activities for children, visits with Santa Claus and door prize giveaways as festivalgoers sip on hot cider prepared by downtown merchants.
From 5 to 8 p.m., participating merchants offer sample tastings of their favorite cider recipe. Guests vote for their favorite, and the cider receiving the most votes wins the coveted Cider Cup and bragging rights for the year.
Downtown Athens merchants also serve up gift ideas and special sales throughout the evening. While sipping on cider, guests can tackle their Christmas shopping and browse for unique holiday decorations while supporting local businesses. Other activities include special activities in stores for children, festive holiday music, roasting marshmallows, and a visit by Santa Claus.