HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -If you enjoy a cup of warm cider while shopping for Christmas gifts, Athens Main Street invites you to its annual Sippin’ Cider Festival.
Set for 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, the eighth annual event offers an evening of roasting marshmallows, special activities for children, visits with Santa, door-prize giveaways and, of course, plenty of cider prepared by downtown merchants.
“The Sippin’ Cider event has become a tradition we look forward to each year,” said Amy Higginbotham, owner of Trinity’s in downtown Athens. “We enjoy spending the evening with shoppers and serving our award-winning mulled cider.”
Limestone County Archivist Rebekah Davis said last year was the Archives’ first foray into the competition. It offered an apple pie-flavored cider, which it plans to bring back this year. Visitors are also welcome to view the Tennessee River and Northwest Alabama exhibit in the Archives’ exhibit space.
“We love having the opportunity to welcome people into the Limestone County Archives for special events like this that celebrate the past and the present of downtown Athens,” Davis said.
Higginbotham and Davis are just two of the participating merchants who will offer samples of their favorite cider recipes. Patrons will vote by ballot for their favorite. The cider receiving the most votes wins the coveted Cider Cup and bragging rights for the year.
During Sippin’ Cider, merchants of downtown Athens will 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.
“Sippin’ Cider is one of Athens’ favorite events,” said Tere Richardson, executive director of Athens Main Street. “It combines enjoying some of the best cider you will ever taste with Christmas carolers, rides on the kiddy train, roasting s’mores and holiday shopping, which is all done in our lovely historic downtown.”
The following downtown businesses will have cider for their patrons:
• Hendricks Patton;
• Bennett’s Clothing;
• The Warten House;
• Boneyard Antiques;
• UG White;
• Epiphany Boutique;
• HLC Realty;
• CEI Bookstore;
• Crawford’s Gifts;
• Limestone County Archives;
• High Cotton Arts;
• Snapdragon Kids;
• Tammy’s Fine Jewelry;
• Pulse Boutique; and
• Village Pizza.
For more information, visit Athens Main Street’s Facebook page.