It’s that time of year again! The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is back in Las Vegas from December 1-10. Even if you’re not a rodeo fan, it’s the perfect time to check out fantastic entertainment options from some of the nation’s best country singers and visit some of the cool western pop-up markets to get a start on your holiday shopping. Here are five of the best ongoing NFR happenings around town.
NFR 2022 in Las Vegas
Gold Buckle Zone Block Party
The Gold Buckle Zone Block Party will be happening at MGM Grand Las Vegas, New York-New York Hotel & Casino and Excalibur Hotel & Casino throughout NFR. Check out the block party for viewing parties, live music and autograph sessions during the event. The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo will also be shown live at various locations throughout the resorts, including Centrifuge, Losers Bar and Whiskey Down at MGM Grand; Bar at Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, Center Bar, Coyote Ugly, Nine Fine Irishmen and Tom’s Urban at New York-New York; and The Lounge and TAP Sports Bar at Excalibur. Make sure to check out the free shows at Losers Bar, Whiskey Down and Level Up at MGM Grand; Brooklyn Bridge at New York-New York; and The Lounge at Excalibur.
Located at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, the Roper Cowboy Marketplace hosts vendors from around the country. Shop official NFR merchandise, rodeo necessities and gifts of all kinds. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from December 1-10. Cowboyville at Mandalay Bay is the place to be for nightly entertainment, live NFR viewings, and more. With two venues hosting the events (Rhythm & Riffs Lounge and Eyecandy Sound Lounge & Bar), there’s something for everyone. Swing by for line dance lessons (December 3, 7, 10 at 9:30 p.m.), bull horn ring tosses (December 2-3 and 9-10 at 8 p.m.), concerts, and drink specials. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. most nights.
The Cowboy Channel Cowboy Christmas is the official gift show of NFR. The show is open December 1-10 throughout NFR from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Enjoy aisles and aisles of shopping, the Ranch Water Rodeo Saloon, autograph sessions with rodeo celebrities, the Ariat Rodeo Live Stage and more at the Las Vegas Convention Center South Halls.
Plaza Hotel & Casino's CORE Arena
The Plaza Hotel & Casino’s CORE Arena offers various professional rodeo events for attendees to enjoy. The U.S. Shootout Finals, Big Time Barrel Racing Championships, Rope for the Crown, and the Las Vegas Stars Tie-Down and Breakaway are all free to attend! The Plaza also has a large equine stable area with 24-hour security and veterinarian services, making it easy for rodeo participants and enthusiasts to care for their animals onsite. Visitors can also enjoy the Downtown Christmas Expo located inside the Plaza Hotel & Casino.
Stetson Country Christmas
Taking place at Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino, Stetson Country Christmas is another fantastic option for western gift and rodeo shopping. Located off-Strip (but conveniently close by), the market is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from December 1-11 (one day longer than other markets).