Ready, Set, Glow!

Nov 26 - Dec 26

Experience a mile of immersive holiday displays, millions of lights, live dancing elves, a walking plaza full of food and activities, and more. Only at Circuit of The Americas.

“Best holiday event!”

Austin Monthly


Ho-ho-ho and away we go! Select your date to begin your adventure. Save $5 and avoid the rush when you come after 8:30pm with a Twilight Ticket.

Charity Nights

’Tis the season of giving, and this year we are supporting I Live Here I Give Here™ and Amplify Austin. For 20 nights we will promote Amplify Austin, and give back to 20 cause categories ranging from animal care to literacy to human rights causes. As our sole non-profit beneficiary, charitable contributions will go directly to supporting almost 700 local non-profits.

Wednesday, December 1

Human Services

Thursday, December 2


Friday, December 3


Saturday, December 4

Environment, Conservation & Sustainability

Sunday, December 5


Monday, December 6

Military Monday, Military & Veterans

Tuesday, December 7

Public Safety Night; Public Safety, Disaster Relief & Emergency Response

Wednesday, December 8

Medical/First Responder Night; Health Care & Wellness

Thursday, December 9

Teacher & Educators Night, Education & Literacy

Friday, December 10

Human Rights, Civil Rights & Advocacy

Saturday, December 11

Arts & Culture

Sunday, December 12

Housing, Shelter, & Homelessness

Monday, December 13

Military Monday, Military & Veterans

Tuesday, December 14

Sports & Recreation

Wednesday, December 15

Civic Engagement, Philanthropy & Volunteerism

Thursday, December 16

Religion, Faith, & Spirituality

Friday, December 17

Basic Needs

Saturday, December 18

Racial Equity

Sunday, December 19

Youth & Children

Monday, December 20

Military Monday, Military & Veterans

Tuesday, December 21

Pups at The Parkway, Animal Care & Services

Wednesday, December 22

Public Media


Fa-La-La in love with Peppermint Plaza! Visit before or after your trip down Peppermint Parkway to meet Santa, race at COTA Karting, enjoy amusement park rides, grab a bite, and sing holiday carols!

Peppermint Plaza

North Pole Palooza

See the big guy himself, performing in a full stage production with music, dancers, a reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas, and a spectacular snow-filled finale! Catch North Pole Palooza three times a night, at 7, 8 and 9pm. *Schedule subject to change.

Letters to Santa

Make your wishlist, remind Santa that you’re on the nice list, and mail your letters to the big guy!

Mistletoe Kissing Booth

Visiting with a special someone? Make sure to visit this mistle-totally sweet stop on your tour of the Plaza.

Pepper & Mint Live

Share hugs, high-fives and snap an “elfie” with the sweetest mascots around, Pepper & Mint!

Peppermint Express

All aboard! Climb on for a festive ride on our very own holiday express train.

Amusement Rides

Looking for some holiday thrills? The Plaza’s amusement rides are a ho-ho-home-run.

Delectable Treats

Treat yo’ elf! Grab a bite and a warm mug of cheer from a variety of scrumptious food vendors. There’s s’more to enjoy than milk and cookies!

Holiday Carols

Sing-along to your favorite carols and groove to holiday jingles on the Plaza!

Dazzling Lights

Enjoy a winter wonderland of over seven million twinkling lights, in displays specially designed to amp up your holiday cheer.

COTA Karting

Come and race it! Take on this mile long outdoor track in karts that reach speeds of up to 55mph.

The Soaring Eagle

Soar through the air and see The Parkway from above on the COTA Zipline!


Peppermint Parkway Map

Thank you 2021 sponsors!


Where is Peppermint Parkway located? +

Peppermint Parkway is located at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, TX. The address is 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd, Austin, TX 78617.

How long does it take to go through The Parkway? +

Approximately 15 minutes.

What is the wait time? +

During peak hours, wait times can last between 45-65 minutes. To avoid the rush, come early right at 6:30pm or purchase a Twilight Ticket for entry between 8:30-9:30 pm. Twilight Tickets are $5 less than the standard ticket. Traditionally, this is the time when The Parkway has minimal wait.

Do you need to buy tickets in advance? +

Online tickets are encouraged, but you can purchase tickets at the gate on days when we are not sold out.

If I am buying on-site, do you take cash and card? +

We are a cashless facility. COTA accepts Discover®, MasterCard®, and VISA®.

What if it rains? +

If we have to close due to weather, we will notify attendees via social media. In addition, you will receive instructions via email on how you can redeem your admission for a future date.

Can we stop and take photos? +

Yes, photos are allowed from inside your vehicle on The Parkway and from inside Peppermint Plaza.

Can we bring our dog? +

Yes, dogs are allowed if they stay inside your vehicle during your drive on The Parkway!

Are restrooms available? +

Restrooms are available for emergencies at our ticketing tent and in Lot A as well as Peppermint Plaza. Ask a traffic attendant or ticket scanner for assistance.

Is there food and beverages available? +

We have popcorn, cotton candy, holiday cookies and bottled water for sale upon arrival and plenty of different food options available in Peppermint Plaza.

Can I add a fast pass or track lap onsite? +

Yes, you will be able to add these at the gate.

Do you have ADA Information available? +

Peppermint Parkway is a drive-thru experience, allowing guests to stay in their cars for the duration of the event. If you need ADA assistance while in Peppermint Plaza, please email prior to your arrival.

What are the event hours? +

The Parkway is open from 6:30-9:30pm with Peppermint Plaza open from 5:30pm-10:30pm. All aspects of the event are weather permitting. Schedule is subject to change.

How does the Candy Cane Cruise track lap work? +

You'll enter The Parkway with everyone and follow signs into the COTA Paddock where you will stage on the grid of the track. The track is a 3.41 mile purpose-built F1 track that has been used for Formula 1, NASCAR, MotoGP and many other racing series over the years. You'll line up in groups and follow a lead car onto the track at 25 MPH to experience COTA's signature 20 turns just like many world champions have before you.