All Aboard The Polar Express! Hop on board for your new favorite holiday memory. The annual holiday train ride tradition returns to the North Carolina Transportation Museum, and passengers of all ages will enjoy the magical train ride to the North Pole to visit Santa. Families are encouraged to wear pajamas on their 70-minute train ride, which will be filled with caroling, dancing and reading of The Polar Express. Family fun and entertainment will be served, along with hot chocolate and cookies. Upon arrival at the North Pole, passengers will watch as Santa presents the first gift of Christmas! On the return trip, all passengers will receive a silver sleigh bell, heard by all who BELIEVE! This enchanted experience will be sure to leave passengers of all ages in the holiday spirit.


Rowan County Tourism is offering complimentary tickets to The Polar Express or a gift certificate to the North Carolina Transportation Museum's gift station when you book your overnight stay in a Rowan County lodging property during The Polar Express.


1 Night stay earns you 1 free standard adult and 1 free standard child ticket (while supplies last) OR a $50 gift certificate to the museum gift station.

2 Night stay earns you 2 free standard adult and 2 free standard child tickets (while supplies last) or a $125 gift certificate to the museum gift station. 


Learn more about this special offer and deadlines by checking out our Polar Express Overnight Stay & Play Package. Additional information about The Polar Express event can be found on the North Carolina Transportation Museum's website.


Overnight Stay & Play Package Terms & Conditions: To be eligible for this package, you MUST book your The Polar Express™ tickets by calling the Rowan County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Orders placed online or by phone to Ticketweb are not eligible. Confirmation number and contact information are required to verify reservations. If the lodging stay is cancelled, the special offer is void and you will not receive your tickets or gift certificate. No exchanges or refunds. Lodging reservations must be in a Rowan County hotel, B&B, Airbnb or camping cabin (camp site rentals not included). VRBO properties are not included in this package offer. Advanced lodging payment is required. Refunds may be issued based on individual lodging properties refund policies. Not valid with any coupons, discounts, or reward point redemptions associated with the participating lodging properties or the N.C. Transportation Museum. Please note, hotel confirmation numbers from third-party booking agents (such as will not be accepted. Rooms must be booked directly with each lodging facility. Deadline dates for package reservations apply.