polar-expressNewton, NC – The Newton-Conover Auditorium and Southeastern Narrow Gauge & Shortline Museum will host three Polar Express events this holiday season.

The Newton-Conover Auditorium will present its Polar Express event on Saturday, Dec. 2, at the auditorium. There will be showings of the interactive movie at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $2 for children 2 years old and younger, $5 general admission, and $10 general admission and interactive fun-pack. The Southeastern Narrow Gauge & Shortline Museum will have an O-scale model train layout of the Polar Express train on display at the auditorium the day of the performance. Contact the auditorium at 828-464-8100 to reserve tickets. The auditorium is located at 60 West 6th St., Newton.

To promote the auditorium’s Polar Express event, the museum will hold two free events prior to the showings at the auditorium.  From 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, the museum will host a Hot Cocoa with the Conductor event, where families will be able to have hot cocoa and spend time with the auditorium’s Polar Express conductor, who will read the Polar Express story.  Readings will be at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. This event will be in the museum’s Model Railroad Center, located at 1111 North Main Ave., Newton.

The conductor will also appear at Newton’s annual Light Up the Town celebration and will be on hand to operate the model train layout of the Polar Express train.  Light Up the Town is around the 1924 Courthouse Square in Downtown Newton from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26.

The Southeastern Narrow Gauge & Shortline Museum is owned and operated by two main groups: the Newton Depot Authority and the Alexander Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.

The Museum is located in the historic Newton Depot at 1123 N. Main Ave., Newton. The Model Railroad Center is located next door to the depot at 1111 N. Main Ave.

The museum is open every Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with private tours available by request. Monthly Alexander Chapter NRHS meetings are held at the museum on the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. and are open to the public.