Newton, NC – The Newton-Conover Auditorium and Southeastern Narrow Gauge & Shortline Museum will host three Polar Express events this holiday season.
The Newton-Conover Auditorium is presenting its Polar Express Experience on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the auditorium. There will be showings of the interactive movie at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Contact the auditorium at 828-464-8100 to reserve tickets. Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door, and fun packs to add to the experience are $5. The Southeastern Narrow Gauge & Shortline Museum will have an O-Scale model train layout of the Polar Express train on display at the auditorium during the month of December. The auditorium is located at 60 West 6th St., Newton.
To promote the Polar Express Experience, two free events will be held prior. On Saturday, Nov. 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 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. The museum will unveil an interactive Polar Express layout at the as part of the renovation of the O-Scale layout. This event will be in the museum’s welcome center at 1111 North Main Ave., Newton.
The auditorium and the museum will also appear at Newton’s annual Light up the Town celebration, where the Polar Express Conductor will be on hand and the Polar Express layout will be operating. Light Up the Town is on the Courthouse Square in Downtown Newton from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27.
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 North Main Ave., Newton. The welcome 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. to 4 p.m., with private tours available by request. Monthly Alexander Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society meetings are held at the museum on the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. and are open to the public.