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Visit Santa’s Elf Training Camp at Croke Park

Our Santa Experience returns to Croke Park, Dublin this winter and tickets are now on sale for this unique family event at GAA Headquarters.

Santa and his elite team of elves from the North Pole are using GAA HQ as their base ahead of the busy Christmas season before starting preparations for the big ‘Final’ on Christmas Eve.  Every helper at this Camp is a member of the North Pole GAA Club, which is the most Northerly and magical GAA club in the world.

Upon arrival at the GAA Museum, you’ll meet your Christmas Guide before you jingle on your merry way to the Elf Dressing Room where you can see the Elf stars tog out in their Christmas training gear.  You will then sneak pitch side to the sound of cheering crowds for a Croke Park ‘Elfie’ opportunity.
 
You’ll also have time to ‘chill’ out in the GAA Igloo Clubhouse and you can test your own hurling, camogie and football skills in the North Pole Skills Zone.  An All-Star Elf will even check your skills score card and will share some insider knowledge on which treats to leave out on Christmas eve for Santa and his reindeer. 
 
Finally, all successful trainees will be rewarded with a visit to Santa, in his Grotto, where all children will receive an age-appropriate gift.

The Santa Experience also includes free admission to the GAA Museum.

A limited number of tours will run on Saturday November 23rd and Sunday November 24th for a special opening weekend.

The festivities get underway from Friday November 29th, and will run on select dates until Monday, 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 aged 2-12 years and €8 for toddlers aged 13-23 months, are available to purchase now. 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.

Planning to stay in Dublin before or after your visit to Santa in Croke Park?

Our friends in The Croke Park hotel are running a festive family offer which includes overnight accommodation for 2 adults and 2 children under 12, plus breakfast, parking and more!

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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 or send an email to [email protected]

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.

There is also the opportunity to purchase photo(s) that are taken by an event photographer in Santa’s Grotto.
These photos will be available to purchase in the GAA Museum at the end of your tour.

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

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