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NFR’s Cowboy Christmas offers a festive shopping experience in Las Vegas

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It doesn’t really feel like Christmastime in Las Vegas without Cowboy Christmas.

National Finals Rodeo’s “only official gift show” has been delighting fans and filling stockings since 1986—with the exception of 2020, when the pandemic caused NFR to move, temporarily, to Texas. And now, it’s back in Vegas.

Approximately 350 exhibitors will spread out across more than 440,00 square feet at the Las Vegas Convention Center for a festive shopping extravaganza. This is the place for everything giftable—including boots and spurs, western wear and jewelry, tools and equine products, art, crafts and furniture. With so much cool stuff on offer, if you’re tempted to buy something for yourself, we won’t tell.

For those who want the NFR experience without actually purchasing NFR tickets, Cowboy Christmas provides an easy entry into fun. Cowboy Christmas and the neighboring RMEF’s Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo are both free and open to the public. And if you’re stuck at home, you can get in on the action virtually, by visiting cowboychristmasvirtual.com.

Some of this year’s Cowboy Christmas vendors will include Canty Boots, Burns Custom Hats, Feldman Custom Knives, Walking Wood Creations, New World Trading, Dragonfly Fragrances, Cowboy Hardware and C4C Christian Wear. Cowboy Christmas is also the place to get your NFR merch.

While you shop till you drop, live entertainment will keep spirits bright. Among many performances, the Ariat Rodeo Live Stage will feature four shows a day, including acts such as RMEF Calcutta and Outside the Barrel with Flint Rasmussen.

Need a rest? Wet your whistle at the Ranch Water Rodeo Saloon, which serves specialty drinks in souvenir cups.

When you’re done Christmasing for the day, take advantage of the NFR Express, a free one-way shuttle service from the Convention Center to Thomas & Mack for the evening’s main event.

COWBOY CHRISTMAS December 2-11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., free entry. Las Vegas Convention Center South Halls (Paradise Road & Desert Inn), nfrexperience.com/cowboychristmas.

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