Santa Experience @ Croke Park
The Santa Experience goes Polar at Croke Park.
Visit Santa and Stitch the Snowman in Croke Park’s Polar Palace this Christmas.
The popular Santa Experience returns to Croke Park from 25th November, and this year Santa is bringing along his good friend ‘Stitch the Snowman’.
Stitch comes from a long line of GAA sporting legends and has a puck out so good that he can send a sliothar flying to the North Pole in just one swing!
Your family will wander through the Polar Palace in search of Stitch the Snowman, following a series of clues around the stadium. Along the way, you will visit Santa’s Grotto, where every child will receive a gift, the Ski Patrol Room which is manned by Santa’s elves, and go pitchside for a special surprise!
This wonderful new winter experience for families is sure to be a hit, especially those with a passion for Gaelic games. There will be plenty of beautiful festive family photo opportunities with Santa and Stitch during the tour, and a professional photographer will also be on hand to capture the moment.
Croke Park’s new Santa Experience also includes free admission to the GAA Museum, where families can discover two floors of interactive exhibits. Children can pick up their Junior Explorer passport and follow the special route which highlights some of the most fascinating and famous exhibitions, including the original Sam Maguire and Liam MacCarthy cups.
A highlight for many is the museum’s Interactive Games Zone, where you can test your own hurling and football skills – see how fast your family can react, check your passing skills and practice a fingertip save or the art of the high catch!
And you can finish off the perfect day with light refreshments and a festive snack in the museum’s Blackthorn Café. Or you could pick up the perfect stocking fillers for the GAA fan in your life from the GAA Museum Shop!
The festivities get underway from Saturday, November 25th, and will run on select dates until Saturday, December 23rd. Dates sell quickly and pre-booking online is essential to avoid disappointment. The tour lasts approximately 1 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 via the link below. 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.
Tour Dates and Times:
- Sat 25th & Sun 26th November - 10.00-19.00
- Fri 1st December - 15.30-19.00
- Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd December - 10.00-19.00
- Fri 8th December - 15.30-19.00
- Sat 9th & Sun 10th December - 10.00-19.00
- Fri 15th December - 15.30-19.00
- Sat 16th & Sun 17th December - 10.00-19.00
- Wed 20th & Thu 21st December - 14.00-17.30
- Fri 22nd December - 14.00-19.00
- Sat 23rd December - 10.00-19.00
Santa Experience lasts approx 1 hour
Santa Experience frequently asked questions:
How much does the Santa Experience at Croke Park cost?
- Adults: €10
- Children (2 years and over): €16
- Children (1 – 2 years): €8
- Children (under 1 year): FREE
Where can I buy tickets?
Tickets can be booked online here with a debit or credit card.
Do I need to pre-book?
Yes. The Santa Experience at Croke Park must be booked online in advance here.
I don’t have a computer, how do I book my ticket?
We require all bookings to be made online via our website. But if you require assistance, please contact us by telephone 01 8192323 or 01 8192349.
I didn’t receive my confirmation email, what do I do?
First, check your junk mail. Should you have not received a confirmation email, please click here.
My child is under 1, do I need to buy a ticket?
There is no charge for babies under 12 months old, but we do ask that you select this option when booking tickets.
Can I purchase a Family Ticket?
Unfortunately not, all tickets are individually priced.
Is there a group rate available?
No, all tickets are priced individually. If you wish to make a group booking, please get in touch with us directly – [email protected] or telephone 01 8192349.
Can I get a refund?
We regret that tickets to Santa Experience at Croke Park are non-refundable.
How long does the tour last?
Your Santa Experience will last approximately 60 minutes. You are welcome to spend as much time as you wish in the GAA Museum before or after your Santa Experience.
What time should I arrive?
Please arrive 15 minutes in advance of your tour time.
What happens if I miss my slot?
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.
Is the Santa Experience wheelchair accessible?
The Santa Experience is fully wheelchair accessible but should you have any special requirements please let us know in advance – [email protected]
Are buggies permitted?
Yes, the Santa Experience is buggy-friendly.
Where does the Santa Experience at Croke Park start from?
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.
Is there parking available on site?
Yes, there is free car parking available at 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.
Will my child meet Santa?
Yes, every child will meet Santa and his elves.
Will my child get a present?
Yes, every child will receive a gift.
Can I take my own photos?
Yes - please bring cameras/phones, as there will be many photo opportunities along your journey.
Is there a café in the museum?
The Blackthorn Café will be open selling light refreshments and festive snacks for all the family to enjoy.