Visit Santa at Croke Park!

New ‘Elves in Training’ Santa Experience at the GAA Museum this Christmas.  

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Have you ever wondered what it takes to become one of Santa’s trusty elves?  If so, you can’t miss the magical new ‘Elves in Training’ Santa Experience at the GAA Museum in Croke Park this Christmas from 24th November!  

Santa has transformed GAA HQ into his secret elf camp, where only the fittest, strongest and healthiest of all elves are trained!  In fact, every pointy-eared helper that is chosen for the GAA Museum training programme is a member of the North Pole Hurling, Football and Camogie Club, which is the most Northerly and charmed GAA club in the world and managed by Santa himself! 

In exciting news, Santa is opening the doors of his training facility to a select number of children, and anyone lucky enough to get a ticket and make it on his ‘list’ will learn the secrets of becoming an elite Elf.
 
At the Santa Experience at Croke Park, your family will wander through a behind-the-scenes candy cane trail, catching glimpses along the way of how the Elves get fit and ready for the season ahead and their big day, which isn’t the All-Ireland for once!
 
You’ll wander in awe through the mesmerising snow tunnel and the North Pole team’s changing room. While you’re there make sure you listen for banter in the shower room to see who’s made it the naughty or nice list!  You might also need to hold your nose as you leave the dressing room, as the trainee Elves’ don’t usually listen to Mrs Claus when she tells them to pick up their dirty gear!

One of the highlights of the magical trail is a visit to Santa’s Bainisteoir’s office, the heart of all the action, where Santa reviews tactics and selects his dream team for the big journey on Christmas Eve. 

After this meet and greet with Santa, where every child will receive a gift and get their professional photo taken, your family can run out pitch-side, like their GAA heroes, and take their own Croke Park ‘Elfies’, making even more magical memories.
 
You will then get complimentary admission to the GAA Museum, where you can discover two floors of interactive exhibits which chart the journey of Gaelic games from ancient times to the present day.  Marvel at the original Sam Maguire and Liam MacCarthy cups and test your hurling and football skills in the museum’s Interactive Games Zone!  After working up a hunger, finish off the perfect day with light refreshments and a festive snack in the museum’s Blackthorn Café.  And before you leave, you can even pick up a stocking filler reminder of your big day in the GAA Museum Gift Shop!
 
The festivities get underway from Saturday, November 24th, and will run on select dates until Saturday, December 23rd.   Dates sell quickly and pre-booking online is essential to avoid disappointment.  The experience lasts approximately one hour and tickets, priced at €10 for adults, €16 for children 2 years and over, and €8 for children aged 1–2, are now available. Children under 1 go free. The event is both wheelchair and buggy accessible, and there is free parking adjacent to the GAA Museum which is located in the Cusack Stand of the stadium.
 
Santa Tour Dates


Saturday 24th November, 12.00 – 19.00
Sunday 25th November, 10.00 – 19.00
 
Friday 30th November, 15.30 – 19.00
Saturday 1st December, 10.00 – 19.00
Sunday 2nd December, 10.00 – 19.00
 
Friday 7th December, 15.30 – 19.00
Saturday 8th December, 10.00 – 19.00
Sunday 9th December, 10.00 – 19.00
 
Friday 14th December, 15.30 – 19.00
Saturday 15th December, 10.00 – 19.00
Sunday 16th December, 10.00 – 19.00
 
Thursday 20th December, 14.00 – 19.00
Friday 21st December, 14.00 – 19.00
Saturday 22nd December, 10.00 – 19.00
Sunday 23rd December, 10.00 – 15.30

Santa Experience lasts approx 1 hour

 

Santa Experience FAQ's

Adults: €10.00
Children (2 years and over): €16.00
Children (1 – 2 years): €8.00
Children (under 1 year): FREE

Note that all tickets are subject to booking fee charged at 5% per ticket.

Tickets can be booked online here with a debit or credit card.

Yes. The Santa Experience at Croke Park must be booked online in advance here

We require all bookings to be made online via our website. But if you require assistance, please contact us by telephone 01 8192374

First check your junk mail. Should you have not received a confirmation email, please contact us by telephone 01 8192374.

There is no charge for babies under 12 months old, but we do ask that you select this option when booking tickets.

There is no family ticket available as all tickets are individually priced. If you wish to make a group booking, please get in touch with us directly – [email protected] or telephone 01 8192374.

We regret that tickets to Santa Experience at Croke Park are non-refundable.

Your Santa Experience will last approximately 45 minutes. You are welcome to spend as much time as you wish in the GAA Museum before or after your Santa Experience.

Please arrive 15 minutes in advance of your tour time.

If you fail to show for your scheduled time we will try to accommodate you on the next available tour but this cannot be guaranteed, particularly at busy times.

The Santa Experience is wheelchair accessible but should you have any special requirements please let us know in advance – [email protected] or telephone 01 819 2374.

Yes, buggies are permitted.  The Santa Experience is buggy-friendly with the exception of some steps to access the pitch-side element of the tour.

The Santa Experience starts from The GAA Museum in Croke Park. The GAA Museum is located on the Cusack Stand side of Croke Park and access is via St. Joseph’s Avenue off Clonliffe Road (there is a Daybreak store on the corner of Clonliffe Road and St. Joseph's Ave). 

There is no access to the Santa Experience from the Hogan Stand/Jones’ Road entrance to Croke Park.

Yes, there is free car parking available in Croke Park. Access to the car park, which is adjacent to the GAA Museum, is via St. Joseph’s Avenue (off Clonliffe Road). Click here for directions.

Yes, every child will meet Santa and his elves.

Yes, every child will receive a gift.

Yes - please bring cameras/phones, as there will be many photo opportunities along your journey.

The Blackthorn Café will be open selling light refreshments and festive snacks for all the family to enjoy.

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