An Illustrated Holiday from Coast to Coast

From giant Christmas trees to decorated ice skating rinks, the proverbial halls are decked and holiday spirit is in the air. This year, our Artist in Residence has chosen our favorite seasonal traditions from around the country and turned them into adorable illustrations! Follow along to catch them all – and a very happy holidays from Joie de Vivre Hotels!

What’s more festive than the jingling bells of San Francisco’s famous cable cars? Here’s our holiday plan; after a bit of shopping in Union Square, hop on at the Powell Street Cable Car Turnaround (just blocks away from The Marker and Galleria Park Hotel) cruise up and over Nob Hill, and find yourself on Bay Street, just a short stroll from Ghirardelli Square, where you can share a hot fudge sundae, sip a cup of cocoa, and pick up some last-minute chocolate stocking stuffers!holiday illustrations san francisco cable car
What could be better than celebrating the holiday season amongst palm trees and balmy 80-degree weather?! A trip south to the The Hall South Beach will lead you to the walking street, Lincoln Road: un-official SoBe headquarters for shopping and dining and home to the beautiful twinkling Menorah!
holiday illustrations lincoln road menorah In 1923, President Calvin Coolidge walked from the White House to the Ellipse to light a 48-foot fir tree decorated with 2,500 electric bulbs in red, white and green, as a local choir and a “quartet” from the U.S. Marine Band performed. 93 years later, this American holiday tradition continues to bring citizens together to share in a message of hope and peace. If you missed the first tree lighting, not to worry: the tree’s lights will be switched on every evening at dusk in a smaller (but still music-filled) ceremony, so around about dusk, swing by the Ellipse to join in the festivities! And even better news: it’s a short walk away from The Liaison Capitol Hill!

holiday illustrations dc capitol christmas treeInspired by medieval holiday markets in Germany—in particular, the one in Nuremberg, which dates back to 1545—Chicago’s Christkindlmarket takes over Daley Plaza every year, with dozens of stalls selling German handicrafts (cuckoo clocks, wooden toys, nutcrackers, beer steins) and appropriately Teutonic seasonal snacks like mulled wine, sausages, döner kebab, and potato pancakes.

holiday illustrations chicago market

Welcome aboard the Steamboat NATCHEZ! The only steamboat in New Orleans and the most scenic way to experience the beauty of NOLA and the iconic French Quarter. Spend Christmas Eve this year cruising the Mississippi River with live jazz, dinner and a boatload of holiday spirit!

jdv_december-2016-01A holiday season in New York City wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of the city’s most quintessential landmarks: The Rink at Rockefeller Center. Each winter, visitors lace up their skates and twirl away under the holiday decorations and iconic Christmas tree, and this year, the rink celebrates its 80th anniversary. jdv_december-2016-05Most days, Caltrain functions as a crucial commuter corridor between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, but for but for one weekend every December the train transports more than just laptop-toting techies and Bay Area sports fans heading to a Giants or 49ers game. Decked out with 70,000 sparkling lights, the Caltrain Holiday Train has brought joy to countless visitors and collected more than 50,000 toy donations in partnership with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation over it’s 13-year history. All aboard!

jdv_december-2016-07