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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

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride tickets go on sale soon!

June 7, 2022 at 9 a.m. EST – Lifetime, Family Platinum, Family Premium Members
June 8, 2022 at 9 a.m. EST – All Members
June 9, 2022 at 9 a.m. EST – Public

PLEASE NOTE: To purchase tickets using the member presale, your membership must be active by 5 p.m. EST on May 31, 2022.

For ticket sales, book online or call 704-469-5231 starting June 7, 2022.


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!™-Train-Ride

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1 Samuel Spencer Dr
Spencer, NC 28159


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