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 cookies 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.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to host our traditional Jolly Trolley Polar Express event. We will miss all of our regular families and the new ones to meet. We hope that you will join us in our At Home with Santa event, where we bring Santa to your screen.

Dates will be announced Summer 2022

Member Ticket Release: October 2022

Public Ticket Release: October 2022

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 2021 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.


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 opportunity to purchase tickets.

Not sure if you are a current member? Call us at (252) 551-6947 or email education@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.

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.