The Winter tour starts on November 19 at 10pm PT (6am BT) and will add a number of themed unlockables, plus the DK Pass track from Mario Kart DS.
The spotlight characters for Winter will be available to unlock for “three consecutive tours,” according to a new video. They are Santa Mario (who will appear starting November 19), Pink Gold Peach (available from December 4) and Black Shy Guy (available from December 18).
As usual the event will also add new karts and gliders, including Mario Kart Wii’s Wild Wing.
Developer DeNA recently released the version 1.2.0 update, which adds a new ticket screen, a drift button for certain control types, and a bonus for players who finish a race during a frenzy.
It’s also moved to fix issues preventing Android players from playing the game.
“Users who had already updated on Android devices to version 1.2.0 will be able to progress in the game once more after updating to version 1.2.1,” an in-game message said.
DeNA will hold a beta test for “real-time” Mario Kart Tour multiplayer in December, the game’s developer has announced. The beta test will be limited to subscribers of the game’s paid Gold Pass.