Get your skates on for festive fun

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Christmas may have been and gone, but there's still time to have some festive fun this weekend.

Get your skates on and head down to the shops in Commercial Road, Portsmouth.

For those not keen on spending the day looking around the stores for bargains, there is a skating rink outside Primark to practise your skills on. It is open from 10am until 4pm, but closes tomorrow. The cost is 2.50 for adults and 2 for children.

Ice skating can also be enjoyed at Gunwharf Quays, as the outlet shopping venue hosts the largest outdoor ice skating rink on the south coast.

There are penguin pushers to help younger skaters keep their balance and if you want to brush up on your skills, ice skating lessons are available, along with skate to music sessions and ice dancing displays.

The rink is open daily, until Monday and costs 4 for adults and 2 for children (under 18) and for students and concessions.

Ice skating is just one of the attractions at Queen Elizabeth Country Park's Winter Wonderland. As well as skating on ice, you can listen in on Sharon Petersen's recently-published humorous book The Naturals or ride the traditional children's carousel.

Whilst many kids would have received some sort of video game for Christmas, there is the chance to feel as though you are actually part of the game, with Reindeer's vs Elves Battlefront Games.

This Christmas combat event uses authentic live sound effects, similar to a real life computer game. It is completely safe too – no paint or pain! The game is suitable for those aged seven and up.

Younger kids can run riot in the soft play area and there is an indoor market for parents to explore too. Admission into the Winter Wonderland is free, but parking charges apply. It closes on Monday.

If you're looking for something cheap and easy to do to keep the kids happy, Portsmouth City Museum is offering free festive family activities. Make a mini snowman or some reindeer antlers at the daily event which runs from 10am until 5pm until Sunday.

Also free is a visit to Southsea Castle. The historic attraction will lower its drawbridge until Sunday, open daily from 10am until 4pm.