One-stop holiday shopping: Check out unique gifts.
More than 250 exhibitors will be on hand for this year’s Christmas Carousel Holiday Gift Market at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. The event will feature art, pottery, wood, jewelry, food and other specialties. Children can visit with Santa. $8 for adults, $7 for ages 60 and older, $4 for children 6-12; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; Jim Graham Building at the State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh.
Holiday classic: Oh, that silly Rudolph.
Celebrate 50 years of Santa’s most well-known reindeer with “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical,” which is based on the 1964 film. The story follows Rudolph and Hermey the elf, who wants to be a dentist. They decide to run away and encounter some problems, but they eventually become the reindeer and elf they want to be. $22.69-$54.71; 2 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh.
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Santa and music: Sing along with holiday tunes.
The North Carolina Symphony will present winter favorites during its annual “Holiday Pops” show. The performance will include tunes from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “The Polar Express,” “Frozen” and more. Children can visit with Santa in the lobby before and after the show. $42-$62, with family pricing options available; 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday; Meymandi Concert Hall at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh.
Run for a cause: Get moving before you sit down to a Thanksgiving meal.
Kick off Thanksgiving Day with some exercise at the Just Think First 5K, one-mile walk and Skinny Turkey Half Marathon. Just Think First aims to educate teens about making good choices. Proceeds from the event will help Wakefield High School students create a video about teens and drug abuse. $20 to $70 for on-site registration; 7:30 a.m. Thursday; Wakefield High School, 2200 Wakefield Pines Drive, Raleigh.
Skate in a Raleigh wonderland: Ipreo Winterfest returns.
Take a break from holiday shopping and go ice skating in downtown Raleigh. The annual Ipreo Winterfest is sponsored by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance. Skates will be provided, and the rink is made of natural ice. Not interested in skating? Other events are regularly planned. Winterfest continues into January. $10, including skates; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday; City Plaza, 400 Fayetteville St., Raleigh.