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Sippin’ and shoppin’ on the way to Downtown Athens

ATHENS — Bragging rights are on the line in a competition that will wet your whistle.

That’s right. The Sippin’ Cider Festival is just around the corner.

Everyone is invited to sip and shop in downtown Athens on Dec. 9 in celebration of the holiday season. Now in its 13th year, the Sippin’ Cider Festival offers an evening of shopping, singing and other fun holiday activities while sipping on winter’s favorite drink.

During the festival, merchants prepare and offer complimentary sample tastings of their favorite hot cider recipe. Cider enthusiasts will vote by ballot for their favorite, and the cider receiving the most votes wins the coveted Cider Cup and bragging rights for the year.

While sipping on cider, guests can tackle their Christmas shopping and browse for unique holiday decorations. The downtown merchants will serve up plenty of gift ideas and special sales throughout the evening.

Strolling carolers from Lindsay Lane Christian Academy Performing Arts Group and The Rocket City Chorus will provide entertainment as guests sip and shop.

Additional activities include the fantastic Athens High School Jazz Band followed by Christmas carols led by Athens High School and Athens Middle School choirs on the courthouse steps, eating smores on the courthouse lawn, visits with Santa and free carriage rides.

Sippin’ Cider is a free event hosted by Athens Main Street and runs from 4-8 p.m. For information, visit https://athensmainstreet.org/sippin-cider/ or contact Athens Main Street Executive Director Tere Richardson at 256-232-9040.

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