It's that special time of the year. The holiday spirit permeates the streets with the smell of fir trees and cookies, lights dance around gingerbread houses and Christmas music fills the air.

And there's only one thing that can make Christmas carols and carolers sound even better: beer, and lots of it.

Each month, roughly 100 people gather to sing hymns and have a few drinks in the spirit of community and tradition. The group, aptly named Savannah Beer and Hymns, will shift into holiday cheer Dec. 21 with its Christmas-themed bash, Beer and Carols.

"It's a time for people to gather, to have fun and get to know each other," said coordinator Gabriel Lawrence. "It's a free event to get everyone in the Christmas spirit."

Tubby's Tank House in Thunderbolt will host the carolers for a casual night of Christmas classics. As always, music is provided by Savannah Beer and Hymns' house band, Spirit to the People.

Beer and Hymns is a national movement that has gained momentum in the past few years. It's starting its third year here in Savannah. The concept is simple: gather and sing.

"It's a group of people that are passionate about music, about life," said Lawrence. "It's always free and always fun."

The fellowship also brings good tidings to the community with a food and toy drive. Both new toys and canned/dried goods will be collected for those in need this holiday season. Donations will be given to Toys For Tots and Second Harvest Food Bank here in Savannah.

And remember, you don't have to sing well to join; but singing loud is encouraged.

IF YOU GO

What: Savannah Beer and Hymns presents Beer and Carols

When: 7-9 p.m. Dec. 21

Where: Tubby's Tank House, 2909 River Drive, Thunderbolt

Cost: Free; toy and food donations accepted

Info: facebook.com/SavannahBeerandHymns