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2018 National Finals Rodeo (NFR) - Las Vegas

Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Las Vegas

If you've never been to the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas, this is an event you must attend, at least once in a lifetime. 2018 marks the 34th year for the Wrangler NFR to be held in Las Vegas.

For 10 days in December the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) transforms the look and feel of Las Vegas in a spectacular way. Each year, thousands of rodeo enthusiasts decked out in Wrangler jeans, cowboy boots and outsized hats fill Las Vegas hotels, casinos, restaurants, showrooms, and shopping malls. You don't have to be a cowboy or cowgirl to have the time of your life. However the National Finals Rodeo might just make a cowboy out of you after 10 days of competition and entertainment.

Let's face it, Las Vegas is known for doing everything big. The National Finals Rodeo is no exception. From the minute you arrive in Sin City, you will find action and entertainment everywhere to look. The Vegas strip is full of the rodeo spirit as hotel marquees are splashed with the names of the brightest stars in country music and casinos try to out-do each other with NFR entertainment and specials.

However, I am hoping you plan ahead and get your flight tickets early because things get pricey and sell out fast during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR). If you haven't, no worries, it’s not too late to find something if you search now. There are still some tricks you can use to get decent prices. Also don't forget to use Las Vegas hotel discount promotion codes when booking your room.

If you like shows, check out the list of our recommended Las Vegas shows. These shows sell out fast, so if plan to see one, get your tickets as early as possible.

Wrangler National Finals Rodeo The 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR)

Dates: Thursday, Dec 6th - Saturday, Dec 15th, 2018
Start Times: All start times in 2018 are 6:45 p.m. (PT).
Location: Thomas & Mack Center (on the UNLV Campus)
4505 S. Maryland Parkway,
Las Vegas, NV, 89154.

Things you should know about the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas

Everything will be open. I mean everything. shops, casinos, bars, restaurants, buffets, attractions. You name it, it will be open during the Wrangler NFR.

Most bars and restaurants will offer drink specials, and rodeo themed menus. All Las Vegas buffets also offer you an opportunity to experience new cowboy themed items nightly, all featuring good ol' home made BBQ.

If money is not an issue here is a list of highly recommended restaurants you might consider calling ahead of time to make a reservation.

This is a period you have to make dinner reservations. If you are going to any restaurant during the Wrangler NFR week either book ahead of time or be prepared to wait in line for a very long time.

With that said, if Las Vegas is beckoning you this coming Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR), here are a few things you might want to put on your to-do list. You'll also find lots of resources and some money saving tips on this site while planning your National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

Things to do during the NFR week in Las Vegas

Below is a list of 2018 National Finals Rodeo (NFR) Events

Cowboy Christmas

Cowboy Christmas Gift Show Located at the Las Vegas Convention Center South Halls, The Cowboy Christmas will occupy over 300,000 square-feet of show floor and host 400 plus vendors from across the United States and Canada. These vendors will showcase their unique products which will include: customized jewelry, western wear, boots and spurs, furniture, original art, handmade crafts and pottery, as well as providing the best source for the Official Wrangler NFR and PRCA merchandise.

Cowboy Christmas Gift Show / Co-located with the RMEF's Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo
December 6 - 15, 2018
Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
Free Admission - Open to the Public (more information)

Note: Free shuttle service will be provided from the Cowboy Christmas directly to the Thomas & Mack Center for each night's rodeo performance.

Cowboy FanFest

Cowboy FanFest Located adjacent to Cowboy Christmas, the FanFest is the ultimate interactive fan experience with 100,000 square feet featuring the Best of the Western Lifestyle including live music and entertainment, specialty food and beverage, rodeo arena, interactive booths, rodeo exhibits, and more.

Open: Daily 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Thursday, December 6th through Saturday, December 15th)
Admission: FREE Admission
Location: Adjacent to Cowboy Christmas Gift Show in the Las Vegas Convention Center

Major interactive areas include:
Wrangler Rodeo Arena
Rodeo Live Stage
Lucas Oil Rodeo Way
Boot Barn Rodeo Saloon
Rodeo Round Up


  • Three main entrances from Cowboy Christmas Gift Show, Pro Fantasy Rodeo, Cowboy Poetry, and Street Act Performances.
  • 4 of the 7 WNFR contestant autograph sessions will take place within Cowboy FanFest

Free Shuttle to the Thomas & Mack Center (one-way route)

Other Gift Shows Around Town

Roper Cowboy Marketplace
Mandalay Bay
Open Daily December 6 - 15
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Free Admission / Live Entertainment / Open to the Public
Cinch Western Gift Show
South Point Exhibit Hall Halls C & D
Open Daily December 9 - 16
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Free Admission/Open to the Public
Stetson Country Christmas
Sands Expo
Open Daily December 6 - 16
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Free Admission/Open to the Public

2018 Rodeo Vegas at The Mirage

Rodeo Vegas The Mirage Presents Rodeo Vegas 2018. The official Wrangler NFR After-Party of the PRCA. Offering the best FREE live entertainment from country music's biggest stars. Besides joining over 70,000 rodeo fans in the ultimate rodeo party, here are a few other things to expect.

December 6 — 15
Time: 6:30 p.m. — 4 a.m.
Location: The Mirage Race & Sports Book
Nightly NFR action on High Definition Projection TV screens
Enjoy drink specials & nightly prize giveaways throughout the performance.
The opportunity to meet and socialize with 20 plus Team Mirage NFR contestants and World Champions.
Remember you can catch the FREE nightly shuttle service to and from the Thomas and Mack Center.
Free Admission/ Open to the Public

2018 Gold Buckle Zone at MGM Grand

Enjoy FREE Live music, dancing, free viewing parties and giveaways nightly at the MGM Grand Gold Buckle Zone.

MGM Grand hotel Las Vegas

Other events at the Gold Buckle Zone
Great nightly concerts
Autograph signing with Champions
Miss Rodeo America Pagent

December 6 — 15
Time: 8 p.m. — 2 a.m.
Location: The Central at MGM Grand, near the Sports Book
Free Admission/ Open to the Public

Gary Leffew's Bucking Ball at Tropicana Las Vegas
Tropicana Las Vegas

Gary Leffew's Legendary Buck'N Ball at Tropicana Las Vegas December 6 — 15, 2018

The Legendary Buck'N Ball features Live country music, two-step dancing and drink specials.

Doors Open at 6:30 nightly. Live viewing party followed by Gary Leffew's Bucking Ball
Location: Tropicana Las Vegas Conference Center
Must be 21 and older
Free Admission/ Open to the Public

Buckin' Bash hosted by Justin Rumford
The Orleans Hotel & Casino

Buckin' Bash hosted by Justin Rumford at The Orleans Hotel & Casino December 6 — 15, 2018

Buckin' Bash is home to Las Vegas' greatest cowboy party, featuring Live country music, Brews, and Two-Steppin'.

Doors Open at 9:00pm — 2:00 a.m. nightly
Location: Inside the Bourbon Street Lounge at the The Orleans Hotel & Casino
Must be 21 and older
Free Admission/ Open to the Public

Other Events

Gilley's Saloon at Treasure Island

December 6 — 15
8 p.m. — 2 a.m.
Gilley's Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que
Live entertainment and drink specials nightly!
Free Admission Before 9 p.m. / Open to the Public

Silverton Casino Presents Cowboys & Indians After Parties hosted by Justin Frazell

December 6 — 15
6 p.m. — Midnight
Veil Pavilion inside Silverton Casino Hotel
Live FREE all ages viewing parties followed by live bands each night (after party is 21+)
Free Admission/Open to the public

National Finals Rodeo (NFR)

National Finals Rodeo

The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER® is the season-ending championship event for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Known as the Super Bowl of Rodeo, the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas will feature an impressive list of entertainers to sing the national anthem prior to each rodeo performance.

Following the opening ceremonies, the top 15 competitors in these seven rodeo events will compete in
1) Bareback riding,
2) Steer wrestling,
3) Team roping,
4) Saddle bronc riding,
5) Tie-down roping,
6) Barrel racing and
7) Bull riding

Qualification is based on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Standings.

NFR satellite feed
NFR Seating Chart

2017 National Finals Rodeo Highlights

  • Wrangler NFR Round 1 Las Vegas Video Clip
  • Wrangler NFR Round 2 Las Vegas Video Clip
  • Wrangler NFR Round 3 Las Vegas Video Clip
  • Wrangler NFR Round 4 Las Vegas Video Clip
  • Wrangler NFR Round 5 Las Vegas Video Clip
  • Wrangler NFR Round 6 Las Vegas Video Clip
  • Wrangler NFR Round 7 Las Vegas Video Clip
  • Wrangler NFR Round 8 Las Vegas Video Clip
  • Wrangler NFR Round 9 Las Vegas Video Clip
  • NFR Round 10 Las Vegas Video Clip

Video Credit: PRCA Pro Rodeo

2018 National Finals Rodeo (NFR) on a tight budget

Happy Las Vegas Christmas

We are constantly searching for ways to save you money at the Wrangler NFR in Las Vegas. In the coming weeks, this section will be updated with all the 2018 National Finals Rodeo FREE events you can take advantage of. From free show coupons, to free attractions, to free transportation. Check back regularly to take advantage of these offers. Also remember to checkout our Las Vegas money saving tips.

Take advantage of the free shuttle buses to and from hotels and from the Las Vegas Convention Center, to the Thomas & Mack Center.

2017 National Finals Rodeo FREE Shuttle Bus Service

Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Free Shuttle

If you are planing to attend the 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, you will be glad to know that FREE shuttle bus service will be provided from and to the following hotels listed below.(2018 Detailed shuttle information will be made available closer to event dates.)

Rodeo Starts: 6:45 P.M.
Dates: December 6 - 15, 2018

NFR Express Shuttle

The NFR Express shuttle buses leave approximately every 15 minutes from each of the hotels listed below.

Shuttle to Thomas & Mack Center (Pre-Event) - 5:00pm. - 7:00pm.
Shuttle from Thomas & Mack Center (Post-Event) - 9:00pm - 10:30pm.
*All times are subject to change.

Route Resort Pickup/Drop off Location
1 Cowboy Christmas Gift Shop - one way route only LVCC South Halls (east entrance)
2 MGM Grand West Wing entrance
3 New York-New York Main entrance
4 Sam's Town Back entrance behind the food courts
5 Mandalay Bay Tour & Travel Lobby
5 Tropicana North Entrance
6 Hard Rock Hotel Main entrance
6 Wynn Las Vegas South Tower Bus Loop
7 Gold Coast Valet entrance
7 The Orleans Valet entrance
8 SLS Las Vegas Main entrance
8 Westgate East Tower entrance
9 The D Las Vegas Main Entrance
9 Golden Nugget Casino Tower entrance
9 Plaza Plaza Welcome Sign (Main St & Carson Ave.)
10 Caesars Palace Tour bus area - under the Planet Hollywood sign
10 The Cosmopolitan Main entrance
11 The Mirage North valet entrance
11 Treasure Island Bus loading zone, near South Side Valet
12 Harrah's Bus Tour Lobby
12 Flamingo Bus Tour Area
13 Bally's North entrance
13 Planet Hollywood Tour Bus Area
14 Silverton Main entrance
14 South Point Main entrance (outside Porte-Cochere)

Distance to Thomas & Mack CenterFree Shuttle bus service will also be provided from the Cowboy Christmas Gift Show directly to the Thomas & Mack Center (one way route - only) for each night's rodeo performance.

Cowboy Christmas Express Shuttle
Cowboy Christmas Gift Show

On each day of the rodeo Cowboy Christmas Gift Show will offer complimentary daytime daily round-trip shuttle service to Las Vegas Convention Center, South Halls from the following hotels. Caesars Palace, The Cosmopolitian, Golden Nugget, The Mirage, Park MGM, The Orleans, South Point, and Treasure Island (Ti).

Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm. daily

Stetson Country Christmas Free Shuttle
Stetson Country Christmas

Stetson Country Christmas at Sands Expo will offer complimentary shuttle to and from the Stetson Country Christmas to the Roper Cowboy Marketplace at Mandalay Bay Convention Center and complimentary shuttle to and from The Orleans.

2018 National Finals Rodeo Entertainment

32nd Annual Downtown Hoedown at Fremont Street Experience

Downtown Hoedown Las Vegas

Held the night before the opening of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the 32nd Annual Downtown Hoedown at Fremont Street Experience will feature Free Concerts by top country talents on Dec. 5, 2018, beginning at 4:30 p.m. The Downtown Hoedown will feature free concerts from various artists (TBA) on Fremont Street Experience's three stages. Free

Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together In Vegas

Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together In Vegas

Superstars Reba, Kix Brooks & Ronnie Dunn are Together in Vegas during the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) week.
Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018 - 7:30 pm
Friday, Dec 7, 2018 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, Dec 8, 2018 - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 - 7:30 pm
Friday, Dec 14, 2018 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, Dec 15, 2018 - 7:30 pm

Golden Nugget Las Vegas Concerts during Wrangler NFR week

Performer Date
Jo Dee Messina December 6, 2018 | 10pm
Tanya Tucker December 7, 2018 | 10 pm
John Michael Montgomery December 8, 2018 | 10 pm
Charlie Daniels Band December 9, 2018 | 10 pm
Tracy Lawrence December 10, 2018 | 10 pm
Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan December 11, 2018 | 10 pm
Lonestar December 12, 2018 | 10 pm
Colt Ford December 13, 2018 | 10 pm
Jamey Johnson December 14, 2018 | 10 pm

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Thomas & Mack Center Las Vegas
University of Nevada
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy. Las Vegas, NV, 89154
Bus routes to Thomas & Mack Center: 108, 109, 201, 202, and Centennial Express (CX)

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Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

In order to enhance public safety and make the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo venue access more efficient, a new security policy regulates the size and type of bag that may be carried into the Thomas & Mack Center. The clear bag policy will be enforced from Thursday, Dec. 6 thru and including Saturday, Dec. 15. More Info

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