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Stay & Play Package: HOTEL

**This process is for hotel stays for THE POLAR EXPRESS ™ Train Ride. Please note the process is different for AirBnb, VRBO and camping cabins. If you wish to book a page with an AirBnb or camping cabin reservation, please click here.**


MEMBER PRESALE: There will NOT be an option to select the special offer for members on 6/4 or 6/5 when booking your hotel. Please book your hotel using the booking widget below, then call the ticketing center at  704-709-3410. Once they verify your membership, they will add the special offer to your reservation. Lifetime, Family Platinum, and Family Premium members will be able to book tickets beginning June 4 at 9 a.m.   All other members will be able to book tickets beginning June 5 at 9 a.m.  For those who are not members as of the May 31, 2024 deadline, tickets will be available beginning June 6 at 9 a.m.  The ticketing center is open 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. EDT.

1. Book your stay directly through Visit Rowan County, NC's website by visiting our lodging pageUse the date picker at the top of the lodging page or the date picker below to see available properties, select your desired hotel and complete the room booking process. During the process you will have the opportunity to select THE POLAR EXPRESS ™ Train Ride incentive offer on the date picker, or by clicking the pop up after selecting a hotel. As you proceed to check out, please select if you’d like to receive free tickets of a VISA e-gift card for your stay. 

Please note: to book multiple rooms, you will have to complete multiple transactions. At this time our system does not allow to book multiple rooms and redeem the special offer. You WILL be able to select the special offer for all rooms booked.


2. Once you have booked your hotel, if you have selected free tickets you will receive 2 emails. The first will confirm your hotel booking. For tickets, you will receive a second email within 24 hours of your booking with a one-time use code to redeem the free tickets earned. If you selected to receive a VISA e-gift card in lieu of tickets, your gift certificate will be emailed to upon check in at your hotel.

3. Once you have received the one-time use code, you may visit the N.C. Transportation Museum’s website, select your tickets and use the code at check out OR contact the ticketing center at 704-469-5231 to assist with booking your tickets. Please have your code ready. 

4. Your tickets will be emailed to you upon booking. *Should your lodging stay be cancelled or altered, your tickets will be automatically voided and will no longer gain entry to the event.*

November 8-10, 2024 Wednesday, November 6 at 4 p.m.
November 15-17, 2024 Wednesday, November 13 at 4 p.m.
November 29-30 & December 1, 2024 Monday, November 25 at 4 p.m.
December 6-8, 2024 Wednesday, December 4 at 4 p.m.
December 12-23, 2024 Monday, December 9 at 12 p.m.

To be eligible for this package, you MUST book your hotel through Visit Rowan County, NC’s website ( and book your tickets by using the code emailed to you within 24 hours of booking either online or with the etix call center. Confirmation number and contact information are required to verify reservations. If the lodging stay is cancelled, the special offer is void and your tickets or gift card will no longer be valid. No exchanges or refunds. Lodging reservations must be in a Rowan County, N.C. hotel, B&B, Airbnb or camping cabin (camp site rentals not included). Not valid with any coupons, discounts, or reward point redemptions associated with the participating lodging properties or the N.C. Transportation Museum. Rooms must be booked directly with Visit Rowan County NC’s website. Deadline dates for package reservations apply.

Please book your stay directly through our website. Make sure to read the terms & conditions to ensure your qualification of package offer. Package will be cancelled if terms and conditions are not followed. Once you have booked your stay, you will receive a one-time use code within 24 hours of booking. Use this code online at checkout on the N.C. Transportation Museum's website or by calling the etix call center at 704-469-5231. If you have selected to receive a gift certificate, your gift certificate will be emailed to you within 24 hours of booking.

Visit the North Carolina Transportation Museum’s website for more information about the  and to see their current COVID-19 guidelines.

For any questions or concerns about your Polar Express Stay & Play HOTEL Package, please contact our ticketing center at  704-709-3410. The ticketing center is open 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. EDT.