Santa’s Underground Grotto 2022

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 2022!

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.

Opening Dates & Entertainment

Sat 10th Dec – Entertainment-Custard Pie Puppets
Sun 11th Dec – Entertainment – Joe Daly Magician
Sat 17th Dec – Entertainment- Custard Pie Puppets
Sun 18th Dec – Entertainment- Joe Daly Magician

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.

The event will be of one hour duration and there will be a one way system in place throughout the event.

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.


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.

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

What’s Included?

  • 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 can visit our coffee shop on-site.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

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.

Co. Roscommon,
N41 YP78

Call: 353 (0) 71 96 46466