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The fabulous “Welcome To Las Vegas” sign will be donning its holiday best with beautiful red and white lights! Clark County commissioners, as well as representatives from The Salvation Army of Southern Nevada, will celebrate the Red Kettle Kickoff in a short ceremony at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 29th.

According to News 3, Clark County Commissioner, Marilyn Kirkpatrick, will take part in the kickoff at the notorious sign’s location on the Las Vegas Strip just south of Russell Road. “Red kettles are immensely important so that the Salvation Army of Southern Nevada can provide for those in need all year round… I urge everyone to open up their wallets and purses and support this worthwhile endeavor benefitting the most vulnerable in our community.”

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the red kettles, they are a Salvation Army tradition dating back to the late 1800s, established as a way to collect donations for those in need. The Salvation Army of Southern Nevada has been serving the people of the greater Las Vegas area for 77 years, and the organization is hoping to help as many families as they can this season with their red kettle campaign.

Whether it’s donating your time, your money, or your resources, every little bit counts this holiday season. The Salvation Army’s red kettle campaign is a great way to get involved, and you don’t even have to leave Sin City to do it! So if you’re in town between now and Christmas, swing by the ‘Welcome To Las Vegas’ sign, check out the red and white lights, and consider dropping some change into one of the Salvation Army’s red kettles.

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One Of America's Top Christmas Towns Found 5 Hours From Las Vegas

If you’re wanting to experience a Hallmark Christmas, then you’ll want to visit the quaint village of Solvang, located in Santa Ynez, Valley. Only a five hour drive from Las Vegas, the small Danish town celebrates a holiday celebration called Julefest all month long. Starting from November 26 through January 6, this truly magical place appears as a vintage Christmas hamlet at the North Pole.

Solvang is hosting blissful activities all holiday season long. Bring the entire family out for hearty meals, sparkling light and music shows, fascinating nisse adventures, candlelight tours and other festivities taking place. The Danish city is hosting their annual tree lighting ceremony where the city comes to life on December 2 at Slovang Park starting at 5 p.m. The following day is lead by the miraculous Julefest parade on December 3 starting at 11 a.m. at Solvang Park. Walking past the beautifully decorated stores with not a thing out of place feels as if your entered a storybook.

The one and only Santa Clause will be flying in to meet all of the good boys and girls on Saturdays and Sundays as he is very busy preparing for Christmas. The Artisanal Night Marketplace start December 7 at 6p.m. Walk the roads of Slovang as shop vendors will be out selling hand-made crafts, paintings, and other creative products. A joyful music performance will also be taking place.

This tiny Danish town knows how to bring the warmth of the holidays to the cold. Mark your calendars for December 10, as the Solvang Nativity Spectacular will take place at the Slovang Theaterfest. Traditional shows native to the Solvang community will take place one at 5 p.m. and one at 7 p.m.

If you’re one who loves to drive around your town looking at Christmas lights we have something even better. December 14, is the Christmas Lights & Sights where everyone will meet at Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall to walk through the tiny town admiring tinkly Christmas lights with hot chocolate and music.

Wrapping up the merry occasion, Solvang does their annual Solvang Tree Burn on January 6 at the Mission Parking Lot starting at 5 p.m. The tree burn allows families to discard their unwanted Christmas trees and serves as a way to help the Santa Baraba County Fire Department practice fire safety training.

Time Magazine named Solvang as part one of the, “Most Christmassy Towns In America.”

You can find more details on Solvang’s website HERE.