To update: Passes for COTA’s first Peppermint Parkway transit experience are now available starting November 10th. Tickets start at $ 35 per vehicle and can be purchased here.
Pictures of Santas and company holidays may not be on this year’s agenda, but Circuit of The Americas is lightening the mood with its very first drive-through celebration.
From November 27th to January 3rd, COTA invites its guests to an evening full of festival fun on the grounds in the Far East of Austin. Peppermint Parkway is billed as a 1 mile (1.6 km) ride lined with millions of glittering twinkling lights synchronized to the beat of classic vacation music.
“We are determined to keep the magic of the holidays alive,” said COTA Chairman Bobby Epstein in a press release. “Friends and family can put on their comfy pajamas, pile in the car, and experience our vibrant vacation event to create memories.” will last a lifetime. ”
The drivers accompany Pepper and Mint on their race along Tunnel Road to deliver letters to Santa Claus in time for the big day. On their journey they will be met by dancing elves, a 60-foot high spiral tree of light, giant light sculptures and “other festive animators who stroll through dazzling scenes and bring guests from Lebkuchengasse to an enchanted forest”.
The trip ends with Jolly Ol ‘Saint Nick playing the lead role, which the organizers promise as an “unforgettable finale”.
Advance ticket sales begin on November 1st. Once the Peppermint Parkway is open, it will be open on weekdays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on weekends and Christmas week from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
“We hope this will become a tradition for families as they celebrate the holidays for years to come. Whether it’s a date, a family outing, or a group of close friends, there is something for everyone, ”said Courtney Young, executive producer of special projects.
COTA isn’t the only local vacation attraction considering a drive through option for 2020. On September 17th, Austin City Council will vote on whether or not Austin’s legendary Trail of Lights can also function as a drive through. The Trail of Lights, which is taking place for the 56th time, welcomes more than 400,000 visitors to Zilker Park every year.