Winter Wonderland at The Circuit
Winter Wonderland is back and brighter than ever!
Announcing the return of Austin’s brightest holiday tradition: Winter Wonderland at The Circuit! The 2nd annual Winter Wonderland will transport guests of all ages to a world of wonder, offering a completely new, immersive and captivating experience with the world famous Chinese Lantern Festival.
In addition to the Chinese Lantern Festival, guests will get to experience the largest outdoor ice skating rink in Texas as well as festive favorites like the H-E-B Tunnel of Lights, Singing Trees, Santa’s Workshop, and the Petting Zoo. Families can continue enjoying the festival with additional holiday happenings including the Vendor Village, Pizza Hut Express Train Rides, Santa Portraits, Camel Rides, and much more!
FIND YOUR PHOTOS
ENTER A WORLD OF ILLUMINATION
Tickets available online in advance or at the Winter Wonderland box office.
Complimentary parking available in Lot A with shuttle service to Winter Wonderland entrance. ADA parking available in Lots A, B and D.
Upgraded parking ($10) in Lots B, C, and D available here.
Kids 5 and under receive complimentary admission courtesy of Dell Childrens' | Ascension.
FUN FOR KIDS FROM ONE TO 92
CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL
The world-renowned Chinese Lantern Festival will brighten up guests’ holiday season by allowing them to experience the wonders of illumination and travel through a extraordinary cultural experience. Traditionally held on the 15th day of the first lunar month, this colorful and lively Chinese celebration includes interactive entertainment, immersing guests with the culture, music, arts and life of authentic China.
H-E-B TUNNEL OF LIGHTS
Experience the popular H-E-B Tunnel of Lights next to Santa’s Haus near the COTA Tower. Thousands of multi-color lights will illuminate the pedestrian bridge over the track at Turn 16, making for a captivating walk with family and friends.
BUD LIGHT CHALET
Step inside the Bud Light Chalet right behind the Ferris Wheel to enjoy some holiday drinks, and don’t forget to take a photo in front of the fireplace! Available for private parties and events on select nights.
DELL CHILDRENS' SANTA HAUS
Stop by the Dell Children’s Santa Haus on your way to the North Pole any night to take a picture with jolly old Saint Nicholas, located to the left of the amphitheater and skating rink. All throughout Winter Wonderland, children under 5 are free courtesy of Dell Children’s Ascension.
PIZZA HUT EXPRESS
Hop on board the Pizza Hut Express for train rides at Winter Wonderland, located directly next to Santa's Haus near the COTA Tower. Guests who bring a book to donate to the Book It! program will receive a free ride from Thursday, Dec. 13 – Sunday, Dec. 16, courtesy of Pizza Hut and Book It!
New for 2018, Winter Wonderland will feature skating on 100% real ice on the largest outdoor rink in Texas! Visit the pit area of Austin360 Amphitheater just at the base of the Tower and get ready to work on your triple axel.
SALUTE TO SERVICE NIGHT PRESENTED BY BUD LIGHT
Join us on Sunday, December 9, as we recognize, honor and salute our country’s veterans and active Military personnel. All active duty service members, veterans, and first responders will be granted free admission on Salute to Service night by showing proper identification at the Grand Plaza box office. Each service member and their guests families will also have access to complimentary food and beverages hosted in the Bud Light Chalet.
SANTA'S SLEIGH RIDES
Did you know Santa's Sleigh can go over 200 mph? It can when it's got horsepower and a racetrack to run on! Hop in the passenger seat of one the Audi Driving Experience's R8 V10 Plus with one of our talented professional instructors behind the wheel, and you'll enjoy the ride of your life as your driver takes you for a full-speed lap around the entire 3.4 mile Grand Prix circuit.
Click here to book in advance or visit the Sleigh Ride Tent at Winter Wonderland. Santa's Sleigh Rides are available each day of Winter Wonderland until December 16.
Our brand new ferris wheel will give you a bird's eye view of the merry holiday festival.
For the thrill-seekers among us, Winter Wonderland at The Circuit also features a ride lineup sure to get your adrenaline pumping. Snag a Carnival Rides Wristband ($9 in advance, $10 at the park) to get unlimited rides!
PETTING ZOO AND CAMEL RIDES
Get up close and personal with dozens of cuddly critters like rabbits, llamas, goats and even a zebra! Petting zoo entry includes food to give out to your new furry friends.
THE NORTH POLE
Take in a spectacular view of Winter Wonderland and Austin from the top of the North Pole, COTA's world-famous Observation Tower! After a short elevator ride to the top, you'll be able to see far and wide from 251 feet about the merry festival. Simply visit the COTA Elves at the base of the Tower.
COTA Karting is open in Lot A for you to spice up your festivities with a taste of friendly competition. Purchase your race on-site at the COTA Karting Store (adjacent to the karting track, located in the Main Grandstand) or in advance online at cotakarting.com.
A shuttle will run from outside the Winter Wonderland entry gates to Lot A for you to easily access COTA Karting.
Experience the newest permanent addition to Circuit of The Americas and take a ride on the zip line beside COTA Karting! Tickets are available at the COTA Karting Store (located in the Main Grandstand building, facing the karting track) for $15 a person.
And much more!
RELIVE THE MERRY MEMORIES
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
OPEN NIGHTLY THROUGH DECEMBER 30
6PM TO 11PM FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS
6PM TO 10PM SUNDAYS - THURSDAYS
H-E-B FOOD DRIVE BENEFITTING CENTRAL TEXAS FOOD BANK
On Saturday, December 15, H-E-B volunteers will be collecting donations of dry food and canned goods at the COTA truck parked directly outside the main entrance. H-E-B will have a photo booth at the drop-off location so guests who donate can take a family photo in front of the beautiful Winter Wonderland entrance. Thank you in advance for helping those in need – our night's goal is to fill the bed of the pick-up truck!
IF THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS FRIGHTFUL...
In order to keep our guests happy and warm, the COTA elves closely monitor the weather forecast each day of Winter Wonderland. We wouldn't want rain, wind, or extreme cold to make your holidays any less jolly, and the safety and comfort of our guests is our top priority. In the event of inclement weather forcing a closure, this page will be updated with the latest information, and all advance ticket purchases will be automatically refunded. We aim to have these decisions made by mid-afternoon each day.
If inclement weather arrives while the park is open (after 6PM) on a given night and forces Winter Wonderland to close, all tickets for that night will be honored on any other day the park is open.