Cowboy Christmas is one of the best events during the National Finals Rodeo in Texas. It is every single day during the WNFR from 9 AM to 5 PM at the Arlington, Texas. The entire event is why some people come for the National Finals Rodeo in Texas. The event runs alongside the NFR from December 3rd until the 12th. The event is free to attend for anyone but you have to pay $10 for parking unless you are staying at a Texas hotel and you can walk to the convention center.
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The event covers seven and a half football fields or 444,000 square feet in the convention center and features over 350 vendors. This is the 33rd year in a row that the event is being held in conjunction with the Texas Rodeo. You can easily spend several full days taking in all of the different vendors and experiences at this incredible event. The entire convention draws about 230,000 people which is an incredible amount of people for just 10 days.
The Great Wall of Rodeo is one of the fan favorites at the event and you can spend a lot of time just admiring how amazing it is. The wall features all of the fan favorites for the upcoming rodeo and a bunch of fun interactive elements that fans love to play with. A lot of the rodeo stars that compete at night are there during the day signing autographs for fans and interacting with fans as well so everyone can get a sense of how difficult competing in the rodeo is.
There is even a great social lounge area where fans are encouraged to kick back and relax. There are contestant and musician autograph sessions, giveaways, contests and more just in this one area. Another great area of the Rodeo Saloon which is located near the East end of the convention center. The area features all of the local food vendors, which have every single food that you can think of and some of the best BBQ around, and massive video screens that show the highlights from the year’s competition.
It is safe to say that there is something for everyone at the Cowboy Christmas, there is every type of clothing from T-shirts to finely tailored leather garments, camo beer belts that can hold a cold six-pack of beer, a bronze statue of a stag that costs $65,000, National Finals Rodeo firearms, make your own whiskey, and so many other options that we could go on for pages. You just have to go for yourself and find all of the interesting and incredible offerings that this event has to offer.
Please note that there is a big restriction on what you can actually bring into the convention center. There are a few rules to the bags that you can bring in. The bag cannot exceed 12” x 17” x 6”. Rolling bags of any kind are banned, including luggage, laptop and computer bags, and anything else regardless of how big it is. Make sure you keep that in mind if you are heading to the event so that you do not have to run back to your car or hotel to switch bags.
If you are going to be in Texas from December 3rd to the 12th you should certainly check out this event as it is free and it offers unique products and experiences that you cannot find anywhere else. Make sure you have enough time for the entire convention as you will end up spending hours upon hours at Cowboy Christmas and you will wonder where all the time went!