Jolly Trolley Polar Express

Alllll aboard! Jolly Trolley Polar Express passengers will board for a 20 minute jingle bell joyride. There is no Mr. Scrooge here – this ride will be full of holiday cheer with festive carols, twinkling lights and merry elves to get you in the holiday spirit! No holiday celebration would be complete without hot cocoa and treats at The Scullery Coffee House Creamery accompanied with a special reading of Chris Van Allsburg's The Polar Express. Santa has transformed Emerge Art Gallery into one of his many workshops and this will be the final stop of the Jolly Trolley! Finishing this holiday party will be pottery activities, an indoor holiday market of local handmade treasures, and pictures with Santa to remember this special event. Pajamas are the perfect way to dress for your ride and activities on the Jolly Trolley Polar Express visit.

This year's Jolly Trolley Polar Express is presented by First Citizens. A very special thank you goes out to them!

First Citizens

Friday, December 13 & Saturday, December 14

Member Ticket Release: October 2, 2019

Public Ticket Release: October 15, 2019

What's Included

  • 20 minute Jolly Trolley Polar Express Ride 
  • Digital photo with Santa at Magnolia Photography holiday photo booth
  • Potter's Wheel Activity (recommended for ages 3 & up) (*Pottery keepsake will not be ready until after the holidays.)
  • Special bell to remind them of the spirit of the holidays
  • Goodie Bag
  • Letter from Santa (if registered by Nov. 6)
  • Complimentary hot cocoa and cookies


Emerge members get to purchase tickets early as one of their many member benefits, so we encourage those interested in the 2019 Jolly Trolley Polar Express to check out membership options.

Base Price (for the first ticket): $30
Additional Parent or Child Ticket: $10 per person
Additional Extended Friend or Family Ticket: $15 per person

Children 2 or under may ride for free if they sit on an adult's lap.

*Tickets are non-refundable and may not be transferred.

**If you need to switch train times after registering, there will be an additional $10 fee for processing. Switching request can be sent to paula@emergegallery.com.

Request for switching trains times for members will not start being approved or processed until...
October 3rd at 10am thru October 14th at 10 a.m.
October 16th at 10am thru December 6th at 10 a.m.


The Jolly Trolley Polar Express has become the most popular event of the season and due to the high demand Emerge members get the first oppurtunity to purchase tickets.

Registration is open to members from October 2nd at 10 a.m. until October 14th 10 a.m.

Not sure if you are a current member call us at 252-551-6947 or email paula@emergegallery.com, and we can check for you. 

Not a member? Become one!  We offer varying levels of memberships. All memberships last for one year from the date you join. Benefits include discounts on classes, summer camps, workshops, and more!  Click here to learn more and become a member online.

Registration will open to the public on October 15th at 10 a.m.

Train Times

FRIDAY, December 13

Please note: It will not be dark during the first three trains and they are better suited for families with small children with early bed times.

TRAIN 1: 4:45 pm
TRAIN 2: 5:05 pm - 1 seat available
TRAIN 3: 5:25 pm - FULL
TRAIN 4: 5:45 pm -FULL
TRAIN 5: 6:05 pm - FULL
TRAIN 6: 6:25 pm - 2 seats available
TRAIN 7: 6:45 pm  - FULL
TRAIN 8: 7:05 pm - 2 seats available
TRAIN 9: 7:25 pm  - FULL
TRAIN 10: 7:45 pm - FULL
TRAIN 11: 8:05 pm
TRAIN 12: 8:25 pm

SATURDAY, December 14

Please note: It will not be dark during the first three trains and they are better suited for families with small children with early bed times.

TRAIN 1: 4:45 pm
TRAIN 2: 5:05 pm - 2 seats
TRAIN 3: 5:25 pm -1 seats available
TRAIN 4: 5:45 pm - 2 seats available
TRAIN 5: 6:05 pm - 2 seat available
TRAIN 6: 6:25 pm - Reserved for our Presenting Sponsor, First Citizens.
TRAIN 7: 6:45 pm - FULL
TRAIN 8: 7:05 pm - FULL
TRAIN 9: 7:25 pm - FULL
TRAIN 10: 7:45 pm -FULL
TRAIN 11: 8:05 pm
TRAIN 12: 8:25 pm

Proceeds Benefit Art is Good Medicine

ArtisGoodMedicineMomandson This event is a fundraiser for our Art is Good Medicine Program, and proceeds will benefit this wonderful program in partnership with local healthcare providers such as Vidant Health. Professional visual artists and dancers work with adult and pediatric cancer patients and survivors. Through the arts, patients, survivors and their caregivers can begin to cope with their challenge.