Sippin’ Cider Festival

ATHENS – This 13th annual event is a wonderful place to shop and sip on cider. From 4-8 p.m. the downtown merchants’ doors will be open late for ample shopping, dining and friendly competition. Whichever store is voted by customers to have the best cider will win the coveted “Cider Cup” as well as…

Lighted Boat Parade December 9

GULF SHORES – Celebrate the holiday season on the Waterway Village with Lulu’s Lighted Boat Parade. Not only will there be boats adorned with beautiful Christmas lights, but also several other fun festivities. Starting at 4:30 p.m., admission is free for everyone. www.gulfshores.com  

Christkindlmarkt December 9-11

CULLMAN – A German-style Christmas shopping market is what Cullman’s Christkindlmarkt is all about. With a handful of vendors, it will be the perfect opportunity to experience the holiday season in a different way and tackle those Christmas wish-lists. www.christmasincullman.com