Festive fun at the home of GAA with Croke Park's Elves in Training Santa Experience

Sophie O'Toole, Sean McInearny, Rocco Polley and Risanna Iliev join Santa at the new Elves in Training Santa Experience at Croke Park. Picture by Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

COMBINE the magic of Christmas with the magic of GAA to make your child's dreams come true this festive season. The GAA Museum in Croke Park is the venue for a new Elves in Training Santa Experience, where only the fittest, strongest and healthiest of all elves are trained.

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 All Ireland Final day, for once.

You’ll roam through a 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.

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.

Visitors 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.

:: The Elves in Training Santa Experience runs on select dates until Saturday December 23. Pre-booking online is essential via

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