Peppermint Parkway at Circuit of The Americas [Giveaway]

A magical drive-thru holiday experience with millions of holiday lights synchronized to joyful holiday classics

COTA Peppermint Parkway Logo

Peppermint Parkway is a magical drive-thru holiday experience at Circuit of The Americas featuring one-mile of immersive holiday displays, millions of lights, dancing elves and more, on select nights from November 26th – December 26th, 6 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Guests will follow Pepper and Mint on their journey down COTA’s Tunnel Road as they race to deliver their letters to Santa. The thoughtfully designed holiday experience will feature dancing elves and other festive entertainers strolling through dazzling scenes, transporting guests from Candy Cane Lane to an enchanted forest, and so much more.

After the adventure concludes, guests can visit Peppermint Plaza to meet Pepper and Mint, enjoy holiday treats and experience COTALAND, their new kiddie park.

The experience will have a Sweet Start when guests scan their tickets and can purchase snacks and drinks from our hard-working elves in COTA’s Lot A.

Pepper and Mint, the official mascots of Peppermint Parkway, will be there to welcome you into The Parkway as you begin your adventure through the Twinkle Tunnel, a dazzling display of lights transporting you into an entire new world.

COTA Peppermint Parkway Tree

Themed villages

In a quest to deliver their letters to Santa, guests will join Pepper and Mint as they travel through 8 themed villages to achieve their mission:

ONEderland – NEW!

A whimsical world of giant illuminated mushrooms mixed with mesmerizing mosaic sculptures.

Twinkle Trail – NEW!

A dazzling golden display of dancing lights that is sure to leave you breathless.

Candy Cane Lane

Travel down a red and white striped road and prepare to be amazed by the towering, life-size 9’ candy canes illuminating your path.

Gingerbread Alley

Sweet treats await in Gingerbread Alley! Guests will discover a welcoming gingerbread house, a giant hot cocoa mug (with chocolate scented steam), a peppermint arch and life size candy!


ATXMAS brings signature Austin landmarks to life with lights and sounds that Keep Austin Weird! See a giant caterpillar illuminate the night sky. Watch as Frosty and a few iconic elves relax in hot tub surrounded by flamingos. Cheer for the Longhorns in a special UT display!

Enchanted Forest

Pepper and Mint’s furry friends will be guiding you through the enchanted forest. Drive past illuminating trees, sparkling reindeer and a towering 30+ foot willow tree that is sure to awe everyone in your car.

Fueling Station

Even Santa needs some fuel! The fueling station is where Santa and his reindeer go to re-charge. Our “Fuel-LA-LALA Gas Station” will be decked out in lights to guide Santa as he takes a pit stop.

Ornament Avenue

The elves were busy decorating and the ornaments spilling all around the road! Enjoy dozens of gigantic bright ornaments that transform your path into a stunning spectacle of lights and color!


Fun won't freeze over in Frozenland! Giant stars, snowflakes and all things cold will be waiting to greet you in your vehicle.

North Pole

Their mission: complete! Pepper and Mint delivered their letters! Toys, teddy bears and presents galore await at the North Pole! As you get closer to Santa in Club Sleigh, you’ll see life-size bears, sparkling presents and an ornament tunnel to guide you to the big man himself!

The journey will conclude in Club Sleigh where you’ll see Pepper, Mint and Santa with his dancing elves rocking out to remixes of holiday classics.

COTA Peppermint Parkway Candy CaneAttractions

Additional attractions for all ages are also available:

Mistletoe Kissing Booth – NEW!

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

Letters to Santa – NEW!

Make your wish list and take a photo with Santa! Remind Santa that you’re on the nice list, and mail your letters to the big guy!

North Pole Palooza – NEW!

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.

Pepper & Mint Live – NEW!

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

Peppermint Express – NEW!

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

Peppermint Plaza

After the drive, guests are invited to park and head to Peppermint Plaza for games, a giant ferris wheel, holiday classics, delectable treats and to meet Pepper and Mint themselves!


COTA’s all-new kiddie park is open in Peppermint Plaza to delight the littlest ones in your family! Kids can ride on our new carousel, swinging ship, helicopter flyers, mini racers and MORE. Ride wristbands are available for unlimited rides. To see highlights from COTALAND, click here.

COTA Karting

Come and race it! COTA Karting is back open for the holidays. Guests can park in Lots D and C and be shuttled over to the COTA Karting track to challenge their friends to an adrenaline-pumping night race that will be unforgettable.

The Soaring Eagle

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


Make an impact with your visit on 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.

COTA Peppermint Parkway Tower


The Parkway (Cars/SUV) — $40

Peppermint Parkway admission is priced per vehicle. No individual tickets are needed for each guest in each vehicle. Additional ticket pricing is available for limos and shuttles upon request.

Candy Cane Cruise — $65

This ticket includes admission to Peppermint Parkway AND that ability to drive your car around The Circuit’s signature 3.41-mile track. This is your chance to get your car on the same track as the pros and experience the only Formula 1 track in America for yourself. Speed limit for this parade lap is 25 MPH, and cars will be dispatched in groups of 25.

Polar Express Pass — $80

Skip the line with the Polar Express Pass! Bypass cars in queue with premium access to Peppermint Parkway. Admission to The Parkway and access to our premium entrance is included with this ticket.

The Sweetest Deal — $95

Want it all? The Sweetest Deal includes admission to The Parkway through a premium, expedited entrance and a parade lap around The Circuit.

Twilight Ticket

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.

Get your tickets now!

COTA Peppermint Parkway Baubles


We're giving away (2) two Sweetest Deal (value of $95 each) to (2) two lucky readers (one ticket for each winner).

How to enter: 

  1. Like our Facebook page.
  2. Like the PeppermintParkway Facebook page
  3. Tag a friend on our Peppermint Parkway Facebook post pinned to the top.
  4. Email us at with subject line "Peppermint Parkway Giveaway". With your entry, you agree to receive emails from Live Grow Play Austin.

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The giveaway ends at noon on November 24, 2021.

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