2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo kicks off later this week

Hundreds of cowboys and their fans will be in the Las Vegas valley this week.

National Finals Rodeo

The 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo kicks off Thursdays.

The 10-day event features numerous activities, including live viewing parties and drink specials.

Cowboy Christmas will also be back at the Las Vegas Convention Center. It is free and open to the public.

Each December, the top 15 contestants in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding qualify to compete at the Wrangler NFR. During the 10 days of competition, the Wrangler NFR transforms the look and feel of the “Entertainment Capital of the World.” Thousands of rodeo enthusiasts decked out in Wrangler jeans, Justin boots and cowboy hats fill hotels, casinos, restaurants, shopping malls and showrooms. In addition, hotel marquees are splashed with the names of the brightest stars in country music.