Cave Sing 2023
The 44th Annual Cave Sing will be held Sunday, December 3, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. CST. This year's event will feature a live performance of traditional holiday music inside Mammoth Cave by local groups The Band Table Singers and The Caveman Chorus.
Cave Sing participants will meet at the visitor center and walk approximately 0.75 miles (1.2 km), round trip, to reach the performance area. The access trail to the cave includes a steep outdoor hillside to and from the cave’s natural entrance and a total of 130 stairs.
About the Performers
The Band Table Singers from Glasgow, KY began by singing catchy songs at their high school breakfast table for friends, but then slowly began to shift towards the gospel music genre.
Stay Around for More Holiday Fun!
Light refreshments provided by The Lodge at Mammoth Cave will be served at the visitor center immediately after the performance where there will also be a visit from Santa Claus.
History of Cave Sing at Mammoth Cave
"...the halls of the cave rang with joyous carols and the laughter of happy children."
During the winter of 1883, a group of local residents to the Mammoth Cave area planned a Christmas celebration in the cave. The party consisted of carols, laughter, and even the hanging of the green. A ten foot pine tree was brought into the cave and stood in the Methodist Church area of the cave. Ribbons and popcorn were used for decorating the tree, while lanterns and candles were used to illuminate the surroundings.
The Modern Cave Sing
In 1980, the first of the modern Cave Sing events was held to celebrate the holiday season and relive the old traditions. Several musical groups preform in large rooms in the cave and visitors join in by singing carols to fill the cave passages with music. Today, the Cave Sing is a cherished tradition by area locals and park visitors alike.
Last updated: November 7, 2023