The National Finals Rodeo comes but once a year. Each December, Las Vegas goes country with 10 days of competition, celebrity performances, and enough hoopla to stun a steer. In Las Vegas, we don’t need winter hats and coats – we have cowboy hats and boots, even if it’s just during our good ol’ NFR. This year is no different. Get your best three-by-nine smile ready, Sin City!

As always, the top 15 National Finals Rodeo contestants compete in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing, and bull riding to qualify to compete at the Wrangler NFR. Qualification is based on the 2015 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Standings.

The top names in country music appear in Las Vegas this time of year, too, and 2016 is no different. There are plenty of entertainers coming into town. To name a few, artists and performers such as Reba, Brooks & Dunn, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bill Engvall, Chase Rice, Lady Antebellum, Dwight Yoakam, The Charlie Daniels Band, Trace Adkins, Gary Allan, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Rodney Carrington, Ron White, and George Strait will all be in Vegas performing at various hotel casinos, on Fremont Street, or at the Wrangler NFR itself.

George Strait performs at the T-Mobile Arena on 12/2 – 3 at 8 p.m. Tickets from $75 + tax & fee. Bill Engvall performs at Treasure Island on 12/2 at 9 p.m. Tickets from $59.95 + tax & fee. Dwight Yoakam performs at Cosmopolitan on 12/8 at 8 p.m. Tickets from $29 + tax & fee. Reba, Brooks & Dunn perform at Caesars Palace on 12/2 – 3, 7, 9 – 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets from $59.50 + tax & fee.

Downtown at the Golden Nugget, all shows begin at 10 p.m. See such artists as: Lynyrd Skynyrd performs on 12/2 – 3. Tickets from $98.01 + tax & fee; Tanya Tucker performs on 12/4. Tickets from $53.41 + tax & fee. The Charlie Daniels Band performs on 12/6. Tickets from $64.31 + tax & fee. 38 Special performs on 12/7. Tickets from $42.51 + tax & fee. Trace Adkins performs on 12/9. Tickets from: $97.01 + tax & fee.

Be sure to visit Cowboy Christmas, the official Wrangler NFR gift show, which hosts over 400 vendors filled with boots, belts, buckles and all things western. The gift show runs from 12/1 to 12/10, and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cowboy Christmas is located at the Las Vegas Convention Center at Paradise Road and Desert Inn.

So now you’re in the know. Put on your cowboy hat and slide on those boots – Vegas is going country. For more information, be sure to visit for performance times, ticket information, and anything else you’d want to know about this amazing time of year.