If you've never been to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, this is an event you must attend, at least once in a lifetime. 2016 marks the 32nd 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 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR)
Dates: Thursday, Dec 1st - Saturday, Dec 10th, 2016
Start Times: All start times in 2016 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
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.
Below is a list of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) Events
The Cowboy Christmas Gift Show
Located at the Las Vegas Convention Center South Halls, 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 1 - 10, 2016
Open 9:00 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.
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 1st through Saturday, December 10th)
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
Free Shuttle to the Thomas & Mack Center (one-way route)
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.
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
Qualification is based on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Standings.
2015 National Finals Rodeo Highlights
Video Credit: PRCA Pro Rodeo
2016 National Finals Rodeo (NFR) on a tight budget
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 2016 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.
2016 National Finals Rodeo FREE Shuttle
If you are planing to attend the 2016 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 Starts: 6:45 P.M.
Dates: December 1 - 10, 2015
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 by the flag pole
|2||MGM Grand||Conference Center Dr.|
|3||Sam's Town||Back entrance behind the food courts|
|4||Mandalay Bay||Beach Level Main entrance|
|5||Venetian||Tour bus lobby|
|5||Wynn||South Tower Bus loop|
|6||Circus Circus||Main entrance|
|6||Westgate||East Tower entrance|
|7||Aria||Tour Bus Lobby|
|7||Monte Carlo||West Valet entrance|
|8||The Orleans||Main entrance|
|9||The D Las Vegas||Main Entrance|
|9||Golden Nugget||Casino Tower entrance|
|10||The Mirage||North valet entrance|
|10||Treasure Island||Bus loading zone, near South Side Valet|
|11||Harrah's||Tour Bus Lobby|
|11||Silver Sevens||West entrance|
|12||The Palms||Main entrance at the end of Porte-Cochere|
|12||Gold Coast||Main entrance|
|13||The Cosmopolitan||Main entrance|
|13||Hard Rock Hotel||Main entrance|
|14||South Point||Main entrance (outside Porte-Cochere)|
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 1 - 10, 2016.
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. Aria, Excalibur, Golden Nugget, The Mirage, Monte Carlo, The Orleans, South Point, and Treasure Island (Ti).
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm.
The Mirage Presents Rodeo Vegas 2016
Mirage Rodeo Vegas is the official Wrangler NFR After-Party of the PRCA. You cannot afford this years event which features free concerts nightly from country music's biggest stars. ( complete Mirage Rodeo Vegas Lineup TBA)
Dates: December 1 — 10
Time: 6:30 p.m. — 4 a.m.
Location: The Mirage Race & Sports Book
MGM Grand FREE Live Music and Dancing at the Gold Buckle Zone
2016 Line up to be announced
Buck'n Ball Las Vegas - FREE Entertainment
Gary Leffew's Legendary Buck'N Ball at The Orleans Hotel & Casino December 1 — 10, 2016
Gary Leffew's Legendary 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 9:00pm nightly
Location: Inside the Buck'N Ball Saloon at the The Orleans Hotel & Casino
Must be 21 and older
Show Times: 7pm & 8:30pm nightly
Type: Variety. Audience: All ages.Length: 75 minutes.
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