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Top weekend picks: Dec. 17-20

Destiny McNeill is the first African-American to play the title role in Raleigh Little Theatre’s annual production of “Cinderella.”
Destiny McNeill is the first African-American to play the title role in Raleigh Little Theatre’s annual production of “Cinderella.” COURTESY OF CURTIS BROWN

A classic story: Raleigh Little Theatre presents “Cinderella.”

Raleigh Little Theatre will present its annual musical comedy version of the well-loved “Cinderella” story. Catch the play during its final weekend to see exciting costumes, romance, songs and well-known characters in the story of how an overlooked step-sister becomes a princess. $33; 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Cantey V. Sutton Theatre at Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh.

Christmas caroling: Take part in tradition.

Join some of Raleigh’s most talented youth for the 46th annual Carols of Christmas concert. The Raleigh Boychoir, with members age 7 to 12, will sing holiday favorites as well as pieces that have been passed down through the history of the choir. Free, but donations are appreciated; 7:30 p.m. Saturday; Edenton Street United Methodist Church, 228 W. Edenton St., Raleigh.

Skate with Elsa: It’s a winter celebration.

If the weather hasn’t been chilly enough to get you in the holiday spirit, go ice skating indoors with Elsa from “Frozen.” Skate lessons will be free, and visitors can meet with Santa Claus and drink hot chocolate. Sled rides will also be offered, along with a friendly snowball fight. $15; 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday; Raleigh IcePlex, 2601 N. Raleigh Blvd., Raleigh.

Music and a show: The N.C. Symphony and Cirque du Soleil join forces.

The N.C. Symphony wants to introduce holiday music-lovers to a new experience by mixing the music of the symphony with the excitement of Cirque du Soleil. Circus performers will accompany holiday favorites for an event that will appeal to the entire family. $33-$85; 8 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh.

Colorful holiday gifts: Check out artwork and grab a gift.

Join local artists as they show off an unexpected collection of holiday gifts in “A NeOn NOel” exhibit. Artist Nate Sheaffer, who has worked on display at Raleigh’s popular music venue The Ritz, will share more of his work in the gallery setting. Jewelry designs by Amy Kahn Russell and Evelyn Knight will also be on display in a collection of unique gifts. Free; noon to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; Gallery C, 540 N. Blount St., Raleigh.