The North Carolina Transportation Museum, at 1 Samuel Spencer Drive, Spencer, is not holding its popular Polar Express this season, but they will be hosting two festive attractions, starting November 20th, 2020. There’s a daytime event, the Candy Cane Train, and a night time event, N.C. Transportation Museum in Lights: A Drive Thru Experience.
Read on to learn about each.
Candy Cane Train is a fun and festive holiday-themed train ride, plus activities. It takes place Saturdays and Sundays from November 21st to December 20th, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.
Admission plus the train ride is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and military, an $10 for children age 3-12. Children age 2 and under who will ride on a parent’s lap are free.
Admission only (no train ride) are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and military, and $5 for children 3-12. Children age 2 and under are free.
The train ride will be decorated for the season and each rider will receive a candy cane. This safe family event will allow for social distancing and train rides are limited to 30% capacity, with one-way movement through passenger cars.
The train will take visitors on a from-the-rails tour of the historic site’s 60 acres, featuring structures dating back to 1896, from the days when the property was Southern Railway’s largest steam locomotive repair facility in the southeast.
Following the train ride, visitors can enjoy hot chocolate and prepackaged cookies in the 1905 Back Shop. This area will be decorated for the season with music, a touchless model train operated by waving your hand and more.
A special Christmas edition of the I SPY kids map will be available.
Guests can also enjoy a great model train layout from the Central Carolina N-Scalers and Christmas movie viewing in Storehouse No. 3.
Kids can bring their letter to Santa to drop off in the North Pole mailbox. Postcards will also be available for kids to mail from home.
It’s strongly suggested that you buy your tickets in advance, and do not delay, as they’re likely to sell out.
N.C. Transportation Museum In Lights: A Drive Thru Experience is a holiday light show that visitors drive through.
It takes place on these evenings:
- November 20th to 22nd, 2020
- November 27th to 29th, 2020
- December 4th to 6th, 2020
- December 10th to 13th, 2020
- December 15th to 23rd, 2020
- December 26th to 30th, 2020
The hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. each night.
The cost is only $8 a car. Shuttle buses, mini-buses, and 12-15 passenger vans are $15. Tickets are sold only upon arrival on the evening of the tour.
This first ever museum offering will allow visitors to enjoy this historic site, illuminated by thousands of holiday lights, all from the comfort of their car.
The drive-thru experience is 1.25 miles long.
The museum’s historic structures and antique railroading equipment will be part of the scenery, shining like never before.
The Gift Station will be available, a great opportunity to support the museum and take care of your holiday shopping at the same time.
You can get your picture made with Santa (in a socially distanced fashion) and enjoy s’mores at the Gift Station.
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Monday, November 23, 2020
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Friday, November 27, 2020
Saturday, November 28, 2020
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Monday, November 30, 2020
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
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