The eclectic, rootsy soundscapes of Xavier Rudd will ring out at the Hamilton Convention Centre (1 Summers Lane) on Saturday. The Australian multi-instrumentalist is touring in support of his album Spirit Bird, which he released in June. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $42, available at

The Hamilton Makers' Market returns with its holiday edition on Saturday. Vendors will be selling homemade clothing, crafts, jewelry, food items and more. Taking place at Christ Church Cathedral (252 James St. N), the market runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

The Locke Street Merchants' Association has also put together a holiday-themed do. Running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fenian Films (211 Locke St. S), Christmas on Locke will feature a host of family-friendly activities, including a bake sale, storytelling, horse-and-buggy rides and live music. Admission is free with the donation of a toy or non-perishable food item, which will go to local charitable organizations. For more information, go to the association's website.

The Hamilton Gay Men's Chorus is performing its inaugural holiday concert, Songs for a Snowy Evening, on Saturday at the First Unitarian Church of Hamilton (170 Dundurn St. S). Joining them on stage will be invited guests Forte: The Toronto Men's Chorus. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at admission. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. To reserve seats, e-mail the choir at


Nova Scotia songstress Rita MacNeil joins pianist Frank Mills for a concert at Hamilton Place on Sunday afternoon. The event, titled Sharing Christmas, starts at 3 p.m. Tickets range from $67.50 to $76.50, available at