The Polar Express Train Ride

Located at: North Carolina Transportation Museum | 1 Samuel Spencer Drive – Spencer, N.C.
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THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride

The Magic Returns for 2022
November 11-12, 18-20, 25-27 and December 2-4, 8-11, 13-23

“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 tickets on sale now!

For ticket sales, book online or call 704-469-5231.

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.

When buying tickets, don’t forget to add from our selection of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ merchandise that will make your trip to the North Pole even more memorable.

Choose from a variety of pre-sale items which can be picked up upon arrival, including a copy of “The Polar Express” book signed by Santa Claus himself, the child’s conductor hat, the conductor’s pocket watch, the cuddly polar bear plush (new for 2022), and the jingle bell display frame complete with a special hook to display your silver sleigh bell from Santa. Your children will want to take these special items along on their magical journey!

Child’s Conductor Hat
$16.00 plus tax and fees

All aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS ™ Train Ride! This hat is a must-have for your little conductor!

Child’s Conductor Hat
$16.00 plus tax and fees
The Polar Express Book
$20.00 plus tax and fees

Reading 1986’s Caldecott Medal winner, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg has become a beloved holiday tradition for generations of families. In 2004, this holiday classic came to life on screen when the animated feature film starring Tom Hanks was produced. This sturdy, oversized hardcover special edition features the inimitable artistry of Chris Van Allsburg, highlighted with a new jacket design and expanded interior layout. Includes an author’s note and downloadable audio read by Liam Neeson. This special pre-sale edition comes signed by Santa Claus himself!

The Polar Express Book
$20.00 plus tax and fees
Conductor’s Pocket Watch
$28.00 plus tax and fees

Just like the conductor’s pocket watch from the movie! A railroad tradition has been captured in this time piece. This watch is an actual, working watch with a 12″ chain attached and diameter of 1.75 inches/4.5 cm. The watch cover features an embossed image of THE POLAR EXPRESS ™ train and says “The Polar Express.”

Conductor’s Pocket Watch
$28.00 plus tax and fees
Polar Bear Plush
$22.00 plus tax and fees

New for 2022! This large cuddly polar bear will delight all ages. Comes with maroon fleece scarf and hat. 12”height x 10” width x 9” depth.

Polar Bear Plush
$22.00 plus tax and fees
 Jingle Bell Display Frame
$21.00 plus tax and fees

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ jingle bell metal display frame holds a 4″ x 6″ photo and has a special hook to display your silver sleigh bell from Santa. A perfect keepsake from your experience on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride. Great gift for the family. The frame measures 5.25″ x 8.25″ (bell not included).

 Jingle Bell Display Frame
$21.00 plus tax and fees
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)

Passengers are seated at 2-top, 4-top and very limited 6-top tables. Six-top tables are available only in the “Comet” car on Train A in limited numbers. Passengers receive hot cocoa served in a keepsake ceramic mug, a treat bag, a cookie, a silver sleigh bell, and a golden ticket.  All seats at a table must be purchased regardless of if they are used, and no additional people can be seated at a table.  One lap-child under age two is allowed to ride on the lap per paying adult.

Parlor Class (Train A)

Passengers are seated at 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).  All seats at a table must be purchased regardless of if they are used, and no additional people can be seated at a table.  One lap-child under age two is allowed to ride on the lap per paying adult.

Train Descriptions

Two trains run simultaneously, departing at different times. Both trains offer the same quality of performances, with amenities being different in each seating class as noted in the Class Descriptions section above.

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

This magical holiday event takes place at the N.C. Transportation Museum, 1 Samuel Spencer Drive, Spencer, N.C. The museum is located approximately halfway between Charlotte and Greensboro just off Interstate 85 in Rowan County, N.C.

For SCHOOL GROUP dates on November 28, 2022 and December 5, 2022 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., contact June Hall at 704-636-2889 ext. 268 or email june.hall@ncdcr.gov.

Overnight Stay & Play Package

You can earn complimentary tickets by booking your overnight stay in a participating Rowan County Lodging property. Pay careful attention to the new process, as well as the terms and conditions prior to booking your lodging. Polar Express Package sales begin June 9, 2022 at 9 a.m. Each event weekend has a different deadline, please visit the Rowan County Tourism website for deadlines.

Book your overnight stay in Rowan County during the date you are attending THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride at the N.C. Transportation Museum and receive:

1 Night Stay

1 free standard adult and 1 free standard child ticket (while supplies last) OR a $50 gift certificate to the museum gift shop

2 Night Stay

2 free standard adult and 2 free standard child tickets (while supplies last) OR a $125 gift certificate to the museum gift shop

**Free tickets are GENERAL SEATING tickets. They cannot be exchanged or utilized towards higher level tickets. Gift certificates are to the N.C. Transportation Museum gift shop and cannot be used towards the purchase of tickets. **

Questions regarding Overnight Stay & Play Package? Contact the Rowan County Tourism office at 1-800-332-2343, 704-638-3100, or visit their website.

Enjoy the magic of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride at N.C. Transportation Museum 1 Samuel Spencer Dr. Spencer, NC 28159