By SIMON NEVILLE
Guiding light: Hollywood star Tom Cruise takes his daughter Suri ice-skating in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
For most five-year-olds stepping onto a slippery ice rink can be a terrifying experience.
But Suri Cruise took to the ice like a duck to water as she glided around with the help of her father Tom.
The pair were joined by wife and mother Katie Holmes who played a supporting role by closely following them.
She also got into the festive spirit by donning an elaborately patterned jumper.
The trio enjoyed a family day out in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where the Oscar-nominated actor, 49, has been filming his latest movie.
On the ice, Suri gripped on to her father’s hands to steady herself around the rink, but looked full of confidence.
Determined: The little five-year-old held her father's hands tightly as she struggled to stay upright on the ice
She wore a cute bright pink and grey dress, with matching pink tights along with a light pink cardigan.
Mr Cruise opted for a dark green polo-neck jumper and blue jeans as he helped his youngest, but the freezing temperatures saw him also slip into a black padded coat to avoid getting too cold.
The family had spent last Sunday taking in the shops of the US city before hitting the ice at the end of a busy weekend.
It's always Katie left carrying the coats: The actress held Suri's coat and a cuddly toy before getting too hot herself and stripping down to a jumper
Just days earlier Mr Cruise and Miss Holmes, 32, had celebrated their five year wedding anniversary. They were married in a lavish wedding at Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy in 2006.
The Mission: Impossible star has been in Pittsburgh for a few months now, filming One Shot, where he plays ex-military investigator Jack Reacher in the film.
His character investigates a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims and is based on a book in Lee Child’s crime series.
Daddy's little angel: The family's ice-skating trip came as Tom and Katie celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary
I'm so excited: Suri looked like she couldn't wait to go on the ice as the couple patiently waited beside the rink
British actress Rachel Weisz co-stars as an operative from a covert government programme.
Mr Cruise’s family has been out on the shoot for several weeks and it has been reported in an American magazine they have rented an entire floor at the Fairmont Pittsburgh hotel to themselves.
It is not unusual for the trio to travel together.
In 2010, Miss Homes claimed she never goes more than a week-and-a-half without seeing her husband.
Nervous: Suri takes her first tentative steps on the ice after the gates to the rink are opened
And in a recent interview she said: 'Tom’s as big at home as he is on the movie screen.
'He’s so passionate about everything, whatever he’s doing. When he’s being a dad, he’s right there; he’s giving it his all. It’s inspiring and it’s fun.
'It’s an amazing life, but we always remind ourselves of how incredibly lucky we are.'
Suri chose not to wear a coat on the ice, despite her mother admitting in the past she has been embarrassed at seeing pictures of her daughter walking around in winter without a coat.
Wrapped up warm: Suri was dressed for the cold rink in a fur coat
Speaking to the US edition of InStyle magazine earlier this year she said: ‘Recently, Suri and I were taking a walk and a fight got started because it was cold outside and she didn’t want to wear her coat.
'My philosophy is, well, fine, because after a block of walking you’re going to ask me for your coat.
'So the pictures of her [without a coat in cold weather] are sort of embarrassing, but I said, "Suri, I’ll take the hit. Just put it on when you get cold."'
Growing in confidence: At one point, it looked like Suri was trying to outskate her father as she grew in confidence