The Polar Express Train Ride


The Magic Returns!
November 12-13, 19-21, & 26-28 and December 3-5, 9-12, & 14-23

“Well, are you coming?” Inspired by the hit movie, this holiday favorite comes to life as you and your family take a magical trip on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride!
Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, families are sure to enjoy their trip to the North Pole, complete with hot chocolate and cookies served on board the train. Passengers are entertained by a reading of Chris Van Allsburg’s classic, The Polar Express. Upon arrival at the North Pole, passengers deboard to watch Santa present the first gift of Christmas. Before exiting the train at Candy Cane Lane, all passengers who BELIEVE will receive their own sleigh bell.
Experience the joy of caroling and holiday entertainment that will surely become an annual family tradition. Children of all ages are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride and join in on the magic of Christmas!
Have a question? Contact us at the museum for general information at 704-636-2889 or info@nctransportationmuseum.org.

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride event has SOLD OUT. If you are attempting to buy (1) single ticket, please call for a specific day and time availability to purchase. These single tickets are in Standard Coach or Deluxe Coach only. Thank you all for believing in the magic!

Call 704-469-5231 for assistance.

Passengers who require ADA-compatible seating and wheelchair accessibility should review our FAQ page before purchasing tickets. Boarding and deboarding of trains requires climbing stairs and walking through rail cars to and from seating locations. Limited wheelchair-accessible seating and a wheelchair lift is available on Train A’s “Jingle” car (standard coach) and Train B’s “Dasher” car (deluxe coach.)  First Class, Parlor Class, and all other standard and deluxe coach cars are not wheelchair accessible due to the use of historic and antiquated rail passenger equipment, which is exempt from ADA regulations under US Code: Title 42: Section 12184.

Ticket Pricing
*Prices shown are base prices. Ticket handling fees and N.C. sales tax will be added to your order.
Class Descriptions
Standard Class (Train A and B)

Passengers receive hot cocoa (served in a quality paper cup), a cookie, a silver sleigh bell, and a golden ticket.

Deluxe Class (Train A and B)

Passengers receive hot cocoa served in a keepsake tumbler, a treat bag, a cookie, a silver sleigh bell, and a golden ticket.

First Class (Train A and B)

Tables available in 2-top, 4-top, and very limited 6 top. Passengers receive hot cocoa served in a keepsake ceramic mug, a treat bag, a cookie, a silver sleigh bell, and a golden ticket.

Parlor Class (Train A)

4-top tables. Passengers receive hot cocoa served in a keepsake ceramic mug, a treat bag, a cookie, a silver sleigh bell, a golden ticket, and a hard-bound copy of Chris Van Allsburg’s The Polar Express book signed by Santa Claus (one per table).

Train Descriptions
Train A Service Classes

Parlor (most exclusive class)
First Class: Holly, Clarice and Comet
Deluxe: Donner and Blitzen
Standard: Jingle

Train B Service Classes

First Class: Cupid
Deluxe: Dasher and Rudolph
Standard: Vixen, Prancer, Dancer and Peppermint

Enjoy the magic of The Polar Express™ Train Ride at N.C. Transportation Museum 1 Samuel Spencer Dr. Spencer, NC 28159

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test is required for all THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride events at the N.C. Transportation Museum for visitors age 12 and older.

For the 2021 season, all THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride ticket-holders age 12 and older must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test completed within 72 hours prior to the event. Guests should present these documents with their ticket upon admission.

Given the continued threat of COVID-19 and variants of the virus, face masks are required for indoor areas of the N.C. Transportation Museum, including on trains.  Masks must be worn at all times except while actively eating or drinking. Failure to comply may result in denial of boarding or removal. Children under the age of two and individuals with disabilities who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask, because of the disability as defined by the Americans with Disability Act are exempt.