Grab your pajamas and hop aboard the official The Polar Express train ride in North Carolina. The experience, inspired by the hit movie, is hosted by the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer and Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in Bryson City. Prices range from $34 to $90 per person and the ride lasts about 70 minutes.
Children receive hot chocolate, a cookie, and a silver sleigh bell just like in the book and movie. The trip is set to a reading of the story by Chris Van Allsburg and includes a special visit from Santa. You can even pre-purchase a copy of the book, signed by the big man himself, as an add-on to your online ticket purchase.
You'll find other Christmas-themed activities around the Museum, including model railroad layouts, crafts for kids, and an expanded Gift Station with Polar Express memorabilia. Visitors can also enjoy snacks and hot cocoa, including a deliciously rich dark chocolate marshmallow treat served with a whipped topping. You can even buy a s'more kit to roast at the fire pits and enjoy with your family during your trip.
The North Carolina Transportation Museum is a popular area attraction with steam and diesel locomotives, cabooses, antique cars, fire trucks, and aircraft on display in the Bob Julian Roundhouse. The Museum also hosts special themed events depending on the season, such as the Easter Bunny Train and Legends by Lantern Tours.