The Polar Express at the NC Transportation Museum

  • 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer, NC 28159

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
Beginning June 30, 2021, for tickets please contact the call center at 704-469-5231.


You can earn FREE tickets to The Polar Express™ by booking your overnight stay in one of our participating Rowan County lodging properties. Please pay careful attention to our terms and conditions prior to booking your lodging. Learn more on our website.


COVID-19 GUIDELINES: Please check the N.C. Transportation Museum's website for up to date COVID-19 protocol for The Polar Express. Rowan County Tourism does not determine COVID-19 protocols for any events or attractions in Rowan County. 

  • Dates: 11/12/2021, 11/13/2021, 11/19/2021, 11/20/2021, 11/21/2021, 11/26/2021, 11/27/2021, 11/28/2021, 12/3/2021, 12/4/2021, 12/5/2021, 12/9/2021, 12/10/2021, 12/11/2021, 12/12/2021, 12/14/2021, 12/15/2021, 12/16/2021, 12/17/2021, 12/18/2021, 12/19/2021, 12/20/2021, 12/21/2021, 12/22/2021, 12/23/2021
  • Location: North Carolina Transportation Museum
  • Address: 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer, NC 28159