In 1883, residents planned a Christmas celebration in Mammoth Cave. The big local event consisted of carols, laughter and even an adorned Christmas tree. The ten-foot cedar was hauled into the cave and stood in a room known as the "Methodist Church". It was soon draped with ribbons and popcorn under the glowing light of lard-oil lanterns. An early article about the event stated, "...the halls of the cave ring with joyous carols and the laughter of happy children."
In 1980, Mammoth Cave National Park rekindled this celebration. However, instead of just a local event, visitors from all over now attend. Today, this historic enactment gives the opportunity for visitors to experience the incomparable acoustics and grandeur of the cave's great halls. The event is scheduled for the first Sunday in December each year and is completely free of charge!