With Southampton's Countdown to Christmas under way, there's plenty of entertainment for all the family in the city this weekend. 

Enjoy entertainment, ice skating, plus the conclusion of festivals of film and humanities.

Here's our pick of five fun things to do on Saturday and Sunday. 

In Southampton city centre...

Daily Echo: A host of live music performances will be included in Southampton's Countdown to Christmas

An animatronic polar bear, Christmas characters and meet and greets with TV favourites are included as Southampton's four-day Countdown to Christmas event continues into the weekend. 

Following the big Christmas lights switch-on by panto star Christopher Biggins, there's plenty more family fun to be had. 

There’s family-friendly fun on Saturday when little ones have the chance to meet Hey Duggee and Bluey & Bingo in the Marlands Shopping Centre. The following day, Hey Duggee returns with Chase from Paw Patrol.

There’s more fun to be had at Westquay Shopping Centre on Sunday where there will be three incredible shows from 1pm featuring Bjorn, the amazing life-sized animatronic Polar Bear from the Arctic.

A host of live music performances will be included in Southampton's Countdown to Christmas Live and local music will be filling the streets across the weekend. Enjoy performances from, The Henrys, Hannah Williams (The Voice Finalist), Saints Brass Band, Charley Stride, Kieron Cox, Company B and many more.

In case that isn’t enough, don't forget to stop by Southampton City Art Gallery on Saturday for ‘Gonks at the Gallery’, a free Christmas family craft activity between 10.30am and 3.30pm.

At Westquay...

Daily Echo: Westquay on Ice is open for the 2023/24 season

Southampton’s premium ice-skating experience has returned for both beginners and ice-skating aficionados. 

Bring in the festive cheer at Westquay on Ice, real ice covered by a festively decorated marquee. 

It's bigger and better than before with dozens of food and drinks options just footsteps away. 

Westquay on Ice runs until Sunday January 7.

At Southampton Film Week...

Daily Echo: Is There Anybody Out There? will be shown as part of Southampton Film Week

The celebration of cinema continues its 16th outing this weekend.

The event, which continues until Sunday, includes screenings, workshops, quizzes, talks, and masterclasses, sprinkled with timeless classics and a few surprises!

Documentary Is There Anybody Out There? sees filmmaker Ella Glendining explore disability in an ableist society on Saturday. 

The event ends with the now legendary Southampton Film Week Quiz at Mettricks Guildhall.

At the Southampton Arts and Humanities Festival...

Daily Echo: A previous Southampton Arts and Humanities Festival

From hieroglyphics, to archaeology Minecraft, and from a digital igloo, to snakes and ladders, ten days of arts and humanities activities culminates in a free family fun day at the University of Southampton on Saturday.

The Southampton Arts and Humanities Festival has been running since 2014 and is held every year to coincide with the UK-wide Being Human Festival.

Join researchers and artists for a free day out packed with activities and live events.

Discover some of the amazing research that awaits you at the University's Avenue campus.

At Brockenhurst College...

Daily Echo: Cupcakes will feature at the food festival at Brockenhurst College

Celebrate the very best in local produce at our Eats ‘n’ Treats event, held in association with Go New Forest and New Forest Marque, on Sunday.

This is your chance to sample some of the finest locally produced food and drink while gaining a head start on your Christmas shopping.

There will also be a pop-up bar and food court, as well as live music performances, how-to demonstrations, and plenty of activities to occupy children.

Entry costs £2.00 for adults, while Brockenhurst College students and children under 16 can enter for free.