NFR activities kick off on Fremont St.

Nov 28, 2005 11:46 PM

Kick off December with the 19th Annual Downtown Hoedown! The holiday season and National Finals Rodeo get underway beginning on Dec.1 on Fremont Street. It begins this year on Thursday, with the Hoedown to kick off National Finals Rodeo (NFR). When the rodeo comes to Vegas, the party starts downtown at the Fremont Street Experience. It’s the official kickoff party for NFR and everyone’s invited to a hunker-down, boot-stompin’, good-time party. Country singing sensations, Joe Diffie and Neal McCoy, will be performing free live shows under the Fremont Street Experience’s canopy of lights for all to enjoy.

Next, the Las Vegas Marathon will take place running right through the heart of Las Vegas under the Fremont Street Experience and down to the Strip on Dec. 4. About 15,000 runners are expected to participate.

Following that, the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Fremont Street on Dec. 6, with Mayor Oscar Goodman officiating and pulling the switch to illuminate the giant 50-foot tree. The free special holiday show this year will be "Kickin’ Holiday" and features sexy cowboys and cowgirls singing and dancing to country holiday tunes. The show runs Dec. 6-17 and plays three times nightly on the 3rd Street stage at 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.

The New Year’s Eve Fremont Street party has also been announced. This year’s concert will feature Cheap Trick, the Gin Blossoms, and the Spin Doctors performing on the outdoor stages throughout the evening. Tickets are $40.

Need a room for holiday guests? Pay for any two nights in December at the El Cortez downtown and receive a voucher valid for two free nights in January.

While visiting downtown, stop in at Binion’s Gambling Hall. Sign up for P.I.N. (personal identification number for your Binion’s slot club card) and receive $10 in free slot play! Get a free mouse pad for your e-mail address too!

Planning ahead for New Year’s Eve? One of the cheapest spots on the Strip this year may very well be the Pool Deck Party at the Stratosphere for only $20 per person. The party will provide an excellent viewing area for the Strip’s fireworks and the $20 admission includes a complimentary midnight champagne toast. Additional food and drinks will be available for purchase. The Stratosphere will also be offering additional New Year’s Eve party packages ranging from $100-$350. For more information, call 1-800-99TOWER.