2014 National Finals Rodeo (NFR) Las Vegas

 

If you've never been to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas, this is an event you must attend, at least once in a lifetime. 2014 marks the 30th year for the Wrangler NFR to be held in Las Vegas.

For 10 days in December the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo 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 Wrangler NFR 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 Wrangler NFR 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. Check out these tips for help on how to get flights to Las Vegas for a considerable discount. 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 below. These shows sell out fast, so if plan to see one, get your tickets as early as possible.

The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) Information:

Dates: Thursday, December 4th through Saturday, December 13th, 2014
Start Times: All start times in 2014 are 6:45 p.m. (PT).
Location: Thomas & Mack Center (on the UNLV Campus)
4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, Nevada, 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 Wrangler NFR in Las Vegas.

 

 

Complete list of daily activities throughout Las Vegas

 

NFR Fan Guide

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Things to do during the NFR week in Las Vegas

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

The Cowboy Christmas Gift Show
Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

On your visit to Las Vegas early in December, don't miss the longest running gift show of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, The Cowboy Christmas Gift Show.

Located at the Las Vegas Convention Center North Hall, The Cowboy Christmas Gift Show 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
December 4 - 13, 2014
Open 10:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. Daily
Free Admission - Open to the Public (more information)

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

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 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Thursday, December 4th through Saturday, December 13th)
Admission: FREE
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

New in 2014

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

Rodeo Vegas at the Mirage
Rodeo Vegas

Rodeo Vegas at The Mirage is the official NFR after-party in Las Vegas. 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.

Wrangler NFR
Wrangler NFR

Known as the Super Bowl of Rodeo, the Las Vegas National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) 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
1) Bareback riding,
2) Steer wrestling,
3) Team roping,
4) Saddle bronc riding,
5) Tie-down roping,
6) Barrel racing and
7) Bull riding
will compete for a share of the millions of dollar purse.

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

  • NFR Seating Chart

2014 National Finals Rodeo Highlights

Rounds
  • 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
Rounds
  • 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
  • Wrangler NFR Round 10 Las Vegas Video Clip

Video Credit: PRCA Pro Rodeo

2014 National Finals Rodeo (NFR) on a tight budget

We are constantly searching for ways to save you money the Wrangler NFR in Las Vegas. In the coming weeks, this section will be updated with all the 2014 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.

2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo FREE Shuttle

Wrangler National Finals RodeoWrangler National Finals Rodeo Free Shuttle

If you are planing to attend the 2014 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.

Rodeo Start: 6:45 P.M.
Dates: December 4 - 13, 2014

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

Resort Pickup/Drop off Location
Cowboy Christmas Gift Shop - one way route only LVCC North Hall by the flag pole
Aria Tour Bus Lobby
Circus Circus Front Entrance
The D Las Vegas Main Entrance
Excalibur Rear Rotunda
Flamingo Tour bus area (Linq land & Flamingo Rd)
Gold Coast Main entrance
Golden Nugget Casino Tower entrance
Mandalay Bay Tour & travel lobby
MGM Grand West Wing Tower entrance near Rainforest Café
The Mirage North valet entrance
Monte Carlo West Valet entrance
The Orleans Main entrance
The Palms Main entrance at the end of Porte-Cochere
Riviera South Entrance
Sam's Town Back entrance next to McDonalds
Silverton Main entrance
Silver Sevens West entrance
South Point Main entrance (outside Porte-Cochere)
Treasure Island Bus loading zone, near the South Side Valet
Tropicana North entrance (facing Tropicana Blvd)
Venetian Tour bus lobby
Wynn South Tower Bus loop

Free 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. December 4 - 13, 2014.

Golden Nugget Las Vegas concerts during the 2014 Wrangler NFR week

Hank Williams Jr.
  • HANK WILLIAMS JR.
  • December 4 - 6
Merle Haggard
  • MERLE HAGGARD
  • December 7 - 8
Travis Tritt
  • TRAVIS TRITT
  • December 9
Sara Evans
  • Sara Evans
  • December 10
Alabama
  • ALABAMA
  • December 11 - 12

FREE live entertainment

Mirage Las Vegas

 

Enjoy 10 nights of FREE live entertainment from Nashville's biggest stars at The Mirage.

 

The Mirage Las Vegas 2014 Wrangler NFR After Party (FREE Admission)

Casey Donahew Band
  • Casey Donahew Band
  • Thursday, December 4
    & Saturday, December 6
Kevin Fowler
  • Kevin Fowler
  • Thursday, December 4
    & Saturday, December 6
Easton Corbin
  • Easton Corbin
  • Friday, December 5
Josh Thompson
  • Josh Thompson
  • Sunday, December 7
Brit Stokes
and Kimberly Dunn
  • Brit Stokes
  • Monday, December 8
    & Tuesday, December 9
Frankie Ballard
  • Frankie Ballard
  • Wednesday, December 10
Jon Pardi
  • Jon Pardi
  • Thursday, December 11
Craig Campbell
  • Craig Campbell
  • Friday, December 12
Randy Houser
  • Randy Houser
  • Saturday, December 13

MGM Grand FREE Live Music and Dancing at the Crown Royal Gold Buckle Zone

Old Dominion / Lucas Hoge
  • Old Dominion / Lucas Hoge
  • Thursday & Friday, December 4th & 5th
Old Dominion / Clay Walker
  • Old Dominion / Clay Walker
  • Saturday, December 6th
Sammy Steele Band / Trick Pony
  • Sammy Steele Band / Trick Pony
  • Sunday & Monday, December 7th & 8th
Sammy Steele Band / Swon Brothers
  • Sammy Steele Band / Swon Brothers
  • Tuesday & Wednesday, December 9th & 10th
Andy Velo / Randy Rogers Band
  • Andy Velo / Randy Rogers Band
  • Thursday - Saturday, December 11th - 13th
Crown Royal Gold Buckle Zone
  • Crown Royal Gold Buckle Zone
  • December 4th - 13th

Buck'n Ball Las Vegas - FREE Entertainment

 

Gold Coast Las VegasGary Leffew's Legendary Buck'N Ball at the Gold Coast

Buck'n Ball is the BEST Rodeo After Party in Las Vegas, featuring Live country music, two-step dancing and drink specials.

Doors Open at 9:00 nightly
Location: Inside the Arizona Ballroom at the Gold Coast Hotel Casino
Must be 21 and older
FREE Admission

Recommended Las Vegas shows to see during the Wrangler NFR week

 

Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together In Vegas
Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together In Vegas

Performing at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

2015 Performance Dates:

June: 24, 26, and 27
July: 1, 3, and 4
Dec.: 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, and 12

O by Cirque du Soleil

  • "O" by Cirque Du SoleilO by Cirque du Soleil

    Cirque du Soleil weaves an aquatic tapestry of artistry, surrealism and theatrical romance in the timeless production, “O.”

    A continuous visual montage that combines circus acts, acrobatics, synchronized swimming and high diving.

    Showing at the Bellagio No Shows - December 3 - 18

Jersey Boys

  • Jersey BoysJersey Boys is a dynamic, crowd-pleasing production. Broadway’s biggest success story takes viewers behind the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons and follows their rags-to-riches tale of four blue-collar kids working their way to the heights of stardom.
    Featuring such hits as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” “Oh, What a Night,” and more, “Jersey Boys” has everyone singing along just like the crowds of Broadway.

    Showing at the Paris Las Vegas

The Beatles Love by Cirque du Soleil

  • Love by Cirque Du SoleilLOVE brings together the magic of Cirque du Soleil with the spirit and passion of the most beloved rock group of all time – The Beatles. The exuberance of The Beatles will be channeled through the youthful, urban energy of a cast of 60 international artists. Explores the essence of love that John, Paul, George and Ringo inspired during their astonishing adventure together

    Performance: 7:00pm & 10:00pm, Thursday through Monday

    Showing at the The Mirage

Blue Man Group

  • Blue Man GroupAlthough almost impossible to describe, people of all ages agree that Blue Man Group's Las Vegas Show at The Venetian is an intensely exciting and wildly outrageous experience that leaves the entire audience in a blissful, euphoric state. Join the celebration and experience this one-of-a-kind performance for yourself at the 1,760-seat theater created especially for the trio’s unique brand of excitement.

    Showing at the Monte Carlo

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