Parkway Hours: 6:30-9pm
Peppermint Plaza Hours:
Wonder Woods Hours:
Thursday/Friday (5:30-9pm) and Saturday/Sunday (12-9pm)

Ho-ho-ho and away we go! Select your date to begin your adventure. Avoid the rush when you experience The Parkway after 8:30pm.

November 2022


Special Nights

College Student Night

December 1st

All college students can show their student ID and purchase tickets on-site upon arrival for a discount.

E-Recycle Night

Presented by Dell Technologies | December 15

Donate your gently-used electronics on-site to Goodwill and get a complimentary track lap courtesy of Dell Technologies!

Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Community Night

December 17

Enjoy a positive interaction in ASL with Deaf Santa Claus in Peppermint Plaza all evening long!

Healthcare Worker Night

December 18th

All healthcare workers can show their work ID and purchase tickets on-site upon arrival for a discount.

Military Monday

Presented by Valero | December 19th

On military Monday, all retired and active military members will get a special gift courtesy of Valero (while supplies last)! Military members can purchase discounted tickets for any night by clicking here.

Santa Meet & Greet

December 19-24

Before embarking on his Christmas Eve journey, Santa will stop by Peppermint Plaza to hear from all the good boys and girls.

Meet Miss Texas

December 22

Royalty has arrived. Grab a quick picture and ring in the holiday season with Miss Texas in Peppermint Plaza!

Teacher Appreciation Nights

December 26th - 30th

All teachers, faculty and staff can show their ID and purchase tickets on-site upon arrival for a discount.

NEW IN 2022

Wonder Woods Discount Tree Lot

5'-6' Fraser Fir
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6'-7' Fraser Fir
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7'-8' Fraser Fir
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One of The Most Affordable Tree Lots in Austin

We’re thrilled to announce the grand opening of Wonder Woods Discount Tree Lot: the perfect place for you and your family to frolic before or after you head into Peppermint Parkway. The new discount tree lot at Circuit of The Americas offers trees of every shape, size and price to fit your home and your wallet. Pick your perfect tree together at COTA this year and pull out of Peppermint Parkway with it in tow!

Wonder Woods Hours of Operation:

Saturdays & Sundays: 12pm-9pm
All Other Peppermint Parkway Operating Nights: 5:30pm-9pm


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

Peppermint Plaza

The Sweet Shoppe - NEW!

Stop by our all-new Sweet Shoppe in Peppermint Plaza to sample some sweet treats!

Peppermint Pub

Older elves can grab a holiday-themed drink in Peppermint Pub and cheers to good tidings this season!

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.

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!

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!

Your Journey

Peppermint Parkway Map

Thank you 2022 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 between 8:30-9:00 pm.

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 in your vehicle on The Parkway and in Peppermint Plaza.

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.

Are 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 6:30-9:00pm with Peppermint Plaza open from 5:30pm-9:30pm. Wonder Woods Discount Tree Lot is open on nights when Peppermint Parkway is in operation from 5:30pm-9pm as well as 12pm-9pm on Saturdays/Sundays.

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. 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.

Is Peppermint Plaza free? +

Peppermint Plaza always has free entry. Rides and food cost extra.

I need to switch dates. Can I exchange? +

Yes! No problem. If there is more than 24 hours to go before your designated date, please click the button in your confirmation email and select a new date. If you need further assistance, please email

Is it one ticket per person or per family? +

Each ticket is PER VEHICLE (up to 8 people). If you have a large vehicle with more than 8 people, you are required to purchase TWO tickets.

Can we bring a bus? +

If vehicle capacity exceeds 8 seats and/or is 20'-27' in length, two vehicle admission passes are required (even if 9 or more people are not present). Buses larger than 27’ in length are not allowed on The Parkway. Email for private party/group info!

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.

Where do I park for COTA Karting? +

Please park in Lots C or D and head into the plaza to catch a shuttle. The shuttle will drop you off at the karting track.

When should I race at COTA Karting? +

If you're driving through The Parkway first, allow a 1.5 hour cushion to ensure you on-time arrival for your COTA Karting booking. Consider racing first and then driving through The Parkway before it closes at 9:00pm.

All COTA Karting guests can park in Lots C or D and take the shuttle over to the karting track from Peppermint Plaza.

Book your race by clicking here.

What are the height requirements and how many tickets are required for each ride? +

Ride tickets are $5/each. Ride availability and prices are subject to change. Please review the height and ticket requirements below:

1 ticket rides:

  • Speedway – 36in
  • Kid Swings- 36in
  • Wacky worm- 42in
  • Sky Flyer -36 in
  • Mini pirate ship – 36 in
  • Helicopters -36in
  • Jackhammer- 36in
  • Carousel – 36in
  • Train on track -36 in
  • Kiddie wheel – 36 in
  • Ferris Wheel- 36 in

2 ticket rides:

  • Wildcat – 48in
  • Freak Out- 48in

3 ticket rides:

  • Zip Line - 42 in with and adult and 48 in alone

5 ticket rides:

  • Skyscraper - 52in