What is the GAAM Holiday Nerd Market?
The GAAM Holiday Nerd Market is a holiday market event put together by the GAAM team, with a focus on vendors and artists. We plan on having over 30 businesses with nerdy stuff to sell right before the holidays! There will also be musical performances, game stations, holiday and gaming selfie spots, food trucks and more!
We’ve gone this route and created a dedicated market. Hopefully, this will become a new tradition to showcase all the creative entrepreneurs and artists in our community and just be a fun gathering of our nerdy family.
Wait, you said family (you should have said GAAM Fam)…does that mean I can bring my kids?
Yes, this is an all-ages GAAM event!
Hold on, but will there be drinking?
It’s GAAM…so yes, we talked to Aloft, and the bar will be open during the day. 🙂
What do I get with General Admission at the GAAM Holiday Nerd Market and how much does it cost?
General Admission at the GAAM Holiday Nerd Market includes a free tote bag, promotional giveaways from some of the participating businesses, 30+ wonderful vendors/artists, musical performances, gaming and holiday selfie spots, video game stations, and more at the super cool Aloft Hotel in Tapestry Park! Tickets are $10 at the door or you can save money and get your tickets for $8 in advance online.
What is included in VIP Admission?
VIP ticket holders get everything that the General Admission ticket holders receive (tote bag, giveaways from businesses, access to selfie spots, game stations, etc) AND access to enter the Holiday Nerd Market 30 minutes early, a dedicated VIP line, a GAAM hat ($15 value), and more!
What is the “Do Good” part of the GAAM Market?
We will be collecting toys to be donated for the holiday season. With each toy you donate, you will receive a raffle ticket to win some wonderful nerdy prizes!
What are the event hours?
12-6pm on Saturday, Dec 9th
Where is Aloft?
Aloft at Tapestry Park is located at 4812 W Deer Lake Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32246 (it’s pretty close to Tinseltown and right off Gate Parkway).
You can book a room there at https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/jaxtl-aloft-jacksonville-tapestry-park/.
What are the food options?
At least 2 food trucks will be set up, and there’s a ton of restaurants (Mombays, Another Broken Egg, Starbucks, Yashi Sushi, Your Pie, Jimmy Johns, III Forks Steakhouse, Lime Leaf, Flame Broiler and more are within walking distance.
Bento, Mellow Mushroom, Pho, Larry’s Giant Subs and 15+ additional restaurants are within a 5-minute drive.
What about parking?
Aloft has it’s own parking lot, and there is additional parking throughout Tapestry Park.
What is there to do for attendees?
The main draw is the vendors and artists; this is a nerd market! There will also be musical performances, a women’s Smash Bros (Smash Sisters) Ultimate tournament on the Nintendo Switch, gaming and holiday-themed selfie spots, lounge areas, food trucks, a toy drive for the Salvation Army and more!
How do I enter the Smash Sisters Ultimate tournament?
Sign-ups will be at the GAAM Market. More information will be posted about it soon!
What is the prize for the Smash Sisters Ultimate tournament?
$100 cash prize and a ticket to the 2018 GAAM Show (if you’re old enough).
Will there be cosplay?
Cosplay is welcome!
Will there be a cosplay contest?
Check back as we’ll keep updating the FAQ as the event approaches!