Starbucks unveils new holiday cups and announces that seasonal drinks will return to stores TOMORROW

Starbucks has announced that its holiday cups — and seasonal drinks — will be back in stores starting tomorrow.

The coffee chain revealed the four new cup designs on offer today, all of which fall under a new ‘Carry the Merry’ theme.

And to celebrate, Starbucks superfans who order from participating locations tomorrow will be treated to a free reusable collectible cup.

Get ready! Starbucks has announced that its holiday cups — and seasonal drinks — will be back in stores starting tomorrow

Get ready! Starbucks has announced that its holiday cups — and seasonal drinks — will be back in stores starting tomorrow

The coffee chain revealed the four new cup designs on offer today, all of which fall under a new 'Carry the Merry' theme

The coffee chain revealed the four new cup designs on offer today, all of which fall under a new ‘Carry the Merry’ theme

The four cup designs are all red and green and have a wintery feel, which Starbucks says is part of ‘an invitation to enjoy the little moments of brightness around you.’

The Ribbon design is wrapped in ‘ribbons’ of candy cane stripes, Christmas trees, and holly, and comes in both a disposable cup and a collectible, reusable cup. There is also a simpler, scaled back version.

The Dot design has polka dots on a green background, with a stripe wrapped around that repeats the words ‘carry the merry.’ 

Finally, the Sparkle design has a red background with glittering green ‘ornaments’ printed on. 

‘Our thought behind the cups this year was about people carrying them out in the world as messengers of joy,’ Jeff Wilkson, creative director for Starbucks, said in a press release. 

Festive: The four cup designs are all red and green and have a wintery feel, which Starbucks says is part of 'an invitation to enjoy the little moments of brightness around you'

Festive: The four cup designs are all red and green and have a wintery feel, which Starbucks says is part of 'an invitation to enjoy the little moments of brightness around you'

Festive: The four cup designs are all red and green and have a wintery feel, which Starbucks says is part of ‘an invitation to enjoy the little moments of brightness around you’

'Our thought behind the cups this year was about people carrying them out in the world as messengers of joy,' Jeff Wilkson, creative director for Starbucks, said in a press release

‘Our thought behind the cups this year was about people carrying them out in the world as messengers of joy,’ Jeff Wilkson, creative director for Starbucks, said in a press release

Want one? Customers who order a seasonal drink tomorrow can take home a free reusable cup

Want one? Customers who order a seasonal drink tomorrow can take home a free reusable cup

‘In a way that message deepened as we got further and further into this year. We want to be that beacon for people, a brief moment that they can look forward to.  

‘Early in our exploration, one of our designers had started making these little ribbons that almost looked like washi tape (a decorative, adhesive tape),’ he went on.

‘We had this one session where we were so inspired by these different patterns that we cut them out with scissors and started wrapping them in different ways on cups.’ 

Customers can start getting the cups in stores tomorrow — and those who come in the first day, November 6, and order a seasonal drink can take home a free collectible cup as well.   

Those returning holiday drinks include Peppermint Mocha, Toasted White Chocolate Mocha, Caramel Brulee Latte, Chestnut Praline Latte, and Eggnog Latte. 

Fans are already expressing their excitement over the return of the cups and their favorite winter drinks. 

Woohoo! Fans are already expressing their excitement over the return of the cups and their favorite winter drinks

Woohoo! Fans are already expressing their excitement over the return of the cups and their favorite winter drinks

Bah humbug! As always, a few angry commenters are insisting on excluding other holidays and calling them 'Christmas cups'

Bah humbug! As always, a few angry commenters are insisting on excluding other holidays and calling them ‘Christmas cups’

War on Christmas: The Babylon Bee, a conservative satire site, joked that Starbucks unveiled 'new Satanic holiday cups' this year

War on Christmas: The Babylon Bee, a conservative satire site, joked that Starbucks unveiled ‘new Satanic holiday cups’ this year

‘I live my best life when @Starbucks has their holidays cups out,’ wrote one.

‘The Starbucks Christmas drinks are finally here & I’m living for it and their cute Christmas cups too ofc,’ tweeted another. 

‘The Starbucks red cups are back tomorrow! I knew there was a reason to live,’ said a third.

Of course, the return of the holiday cups is always mired in a bit of controversy, with vocal critics decrying the cups as part of the ‘War on Christmas,’ insisting that they should be called ‘Christmas cups’ instead of ‘holiday cups.’

Some also express anger that the designs aren’t strictly Christian.

According to the Pew Research Center, 65 per cent of American adults describe themselves as Christians — leaving 35 per cent of American adults who don’t identify as Christian. 

So far this year, there doesn’t appear to be too much outrage, though one commenter did complain: ‘Call it a Christmas cup, and I’m in.’

Meanwhile, the Babylon Bee, a conservative satire site, joked that Starbucks unveiled ‘new Satanic holiday cups’ this year.

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