Santa’s Underground Grotto 2021

Arigna, Via Carrick-on- Shannon, Co. Roscommon. Eircode N41YP78

We are delighted to announce that Santa is making his highly anticipated return to Arigna Mining Experience this Christmas, for Santa Underground 2021!

Once again, Arigna Mining Experience comes alive with a festive atmosphere. The visit to Santa in Arigna is a unique, exciting fun-filled event for all the family. However, this year’s event will be slightly different as your safety is our priority.

Staying safe is a top priority for us this year. With the welfare of our visitors and staff as a priority, we have put the following procedures in place:

  • The event will be run in accordance with COVID 19 Government and Fáilte Ireland guidelines.
  • Social Distancing: There will be a strict adherence to social distancing guidelines, hand sanitisation and mask wearing throughout the premises. E.U digital certs will be scanned before admission to the event. Matching ID will also need to be provided.
  • Reduced capacity: We have majorly reduced our capacity to facilitate appropriate social distancing ensuring that the Santa experience is safe for our staff and visitors. There will be family ‘pods’ of 6 people max.
  • Duration of Event: The event will be of one hour duration and there will be a one way system in place throughout the event.

Opening Dates

Sat 4th & Sun 5th Dec
Sat 11th & Sun 12th Dec
Sat 18th & Sun 19th Dec

Please note that Santa Underground takes place at weekends only. Any bookings made for weekdays are for the normal underground tour only, and do not include a visit to Santa.

The bookings will run from 10am-4pm every day.

Booking on-line only – Unfortunately, there will be no walk in appointments available this year.

Please Note: The online booking system closes off at 8am on the day of event, so no further bookings will be taken after that time for that day.

Note: All Children must be accompanied by an adult, Children are the responsibility of the adult at all times during your visit to Santa at Arigna Mining Experience.


Joe Daly (Magician) – Sun 12th Dec & Sun 19th Dec
Custard Pie Puppet Show – Sat 11th Dec & Sat 18th Dec

Custard Pie Puppets is one of Irelands recognised family entertainment companies founded by master puppeteer Conor Lambert and Tessa Fonfara. Conor Lambert has been performing for over 40 years and is an experienced performer in theatre and on television starting his puppetry career on RTE’s iconic ‘Wanderly Wagon’ in which he played the character of Mr Crow. Tessa Fonfara also comes from a theatrical family and is an experienced puppet maker and costume designer. 

The show at Arigna Mining Experience “Christmas Crackers” features Santy’s helpers Dong & Ding, Frosty the Snowman and of course Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer and more, all wrapped up with seasonal capers, laughs and sing-a-long fun.

Bring a printed paper copy of the booking form must be handed into reception.  This can be printed by clicking the link on your confirmation email.

There is no resident photographer so please remember to bring your own camera!


  • Meet Santa and receive a very special gift for all the family in his underground grotto.
  • Each child is given a personalised name badge.
  • Entertainment show included.
  • The visit to Santa at Arigna Mining experience this year will be a one hour event but if you wish to enjoy a festive snack, you will need to book a table in the café in advance at 086-8787362.
  • Due to safety guidelines, there will be a one-way system in place for the event to ensure the safety of all our visitors.
  • Enjoy the illuminated winter Alpine landscape.
  • Visit the Elves workshop and see the elves busy at work wrapping presents for Santa
  • All facilities are indoors / undercover.


  • Hot food, refreshments and homemade festive treats available in our coffee shop, however tables must be reserved in advance of event due to limited capacity.
  • Souvenir shop – with Christmas gift ideas.
  • Supervised coach and car park.
  • Wheelchair and Buggy accessible.
  • Toilets and Baby changing facilities.

For larger family group bookings, please contact reception 071-96-46466 for details.

Please print a paper copy of your booking by clicking the link on your confirmation email and present it at reception on arrival.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your allocated time and check in at reception as your EU digital cert will need to be scanned.

Duration of the event 1 hour only & all facilities are indoor with age appropriate gift from Santa.

Cancellation Policy – Terms and Conditions

  • All children should be accompanied by an adult
  • Tickets for this event are non-refundable and can only be transferred with 24 hours notice, but this is subject to availability on alternate dates.
  • Please take note of your date and time slot booked as we may not be able to accommodate you on an alternative date.
  • Please turn up about 15 minutes before your allocated time slot as this keeps queuing to a minimum and ensures that visitors are seen within their time slot.
  • Due to the changing nature of public health advice, if government restrictions or lockdowns are introduced and we cannot run the event, rest assured that you will receive a full refund.

Please Note:

  • Tours of the mine are not included in the Santa Underground event.
  • Remember to bring your own camera to capture those magical moments with Santa, and the Elves.
  • If children wish to have a photo taken in Santa’s Grotto, they will need to wear a mask near Santa. Unfortunately, sitting on Santa’s knee will not be permitted this year to keep Santa safe.

Arigna Mining Experience is a community tourism initiative and your attendance at our festive event will contribute directly towards the preservation and further development of Arigna Mining Experience in 2022. We would like to thank you and we hope you enjoy your visit to Santa’s Underground Grotto. We wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas.

Our Live Entertainment performances will be part grant aided with funding from Roscommon County Council and the Department of Tourism Culture Arts Gaeltacht Sport and Media under the Local Live Performance Programming Scheme.

Co. Roscommon,
N41 YP78

Call: 353 (0) 71 96 46466