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Updated on November 14, 2015

Happy Holiday Barbie Dolls

Every little girl the world over loves Barbie dolls. The fashion, the beauty, the dreams. Ruth Handler's dream of "We Girls Can Do Anything" has certainly come true. Over the years the Barbie doll craze has grown and Mattel has issued various series of collectible Barbie dolls from the Platinum label series to the Gold label to the Pink Label series. One of my favorite series was launched in 1988. In 1988, Barbie came out with a series called Happy Holiday Barbie. This series combines the best of the best - Holiday celebrations with luxurious fabrics, such as crush-able velvets, pristine white ermine and tons of metallics, not to mention heavy embroidery and tons of shine from Swarovski crystals make this series sparkle with the magic of the holidays.

Journey with us as the detail the marketing maven behind this great collector series. Learn about Jill Barad's rapid rise in corporate America. Hear about the vision Ruth Handler the inventor had for the girl next door and more. And lastly, visit every year of the Holiday Barbie collection available out on Amazon.

Barbie is the Girl Next Door from Willows, Wisconsin

Ruth Handler, the inventor of the Barbie Doll, dreamed of a doll for dreaming. Her vision was the girl next door. For this dream, Ruth suggested that Barbie was "Barbara Millicent Roberts" complete with a wholesome image of her hometown, my new found state of Wisconsin and fictitious community - Barbie's hometown of "Willows, Wisconsin."

1998 Happy Holiday Porcelain Barbie

1998  Happy Holiday Porcelain Barbie
1998 Happy Holiday Porcelain Barbie | Source

Barbie Doll Holiday Series Names

1988 - 1998 Happy Holiday Barbie Dolls first collectors series

1999 Holiday Barbie = Millennium Princess - in celebration of the new millennium.

2000 - 2002 Holiday Barbies = Celebration Series

2003 Holiday Barbie Dolls = Winter Fantasy

2004 - Present = Holiday Barbie

1988 was also the year of the annual Christmas ornament from Hallmark. Jill Barad was a busy bee!

1997 Happy Holiday Porcelain Barbie

1997 Happy Holiday Porcelain Barbie
1997 Happy Holiday Porcelain Barbie

1994 Happy Holidays Barbie

1994 Happy Holidays Barbie
1994 Happy Holidays Barbie | Source

1989 Happy Holiday Barbie

1989 Happy Holiday Barbie
1989 Happy Holiday Barbie | Source

1995 Winter Fantasy

1995 Winter Fantasy
1995 Winter Fantasy | Source

2003 Winter Fantasy

2003 Winter Fantasy
2003 Winter Fantasy | Source

Millennium Princess 2000

Millennium Princess 2000
Millennium Princess 2000 | Source

Innovation of the Adult Series Barbie Doll Collectibles

As a business woman who closely watches marketing trends, I found it fascinating that the marketing maven Jill Barad who would go on to become the CEO of Mattel was the the innovator behind my favorite series of Barbie dolls - the adult collection - the Holiday series

"Jill Elikann Barad used her marketing ability and eye for consumer trends to reestablish the Barbie doll as an American icon. She rapidly climbed the corporate ladder to become president, chairman, and chief executive officer of Mattel, Incorporated, one of the world's largest toy companies. As one of four women at the helm of a Fortune 500 company in the late 1990s, Barad broke through the corporate "glass ceiling" and inspired other businesswomen."

Holiday Series - Names Changed - Indulgence and Delight Continued

Throughout the 25 plus years of the issuance of this amazing collector item, the name of the series has changed. From Happy Holiday Barbie Dolls to Winter Fantasy to the Millennium Princess

The Magic of the Holiday Spirit - The Joy and Elegant Gowns

What do I love about the Holiday Barbie Doll series? No matter what the series name is at the moment, I love the fact there is an annual issuance but more importantly I love the flowing gowns, I love the magic of the moment. The joy of the season denoted by the fresh faced Barbie in the story book gown. Perhaps also, I love decorating at holiday time. The Christmas tree comes out, the lights, the garlands. Displaying a Happy Holiday Barbie doll in my home is something I have put on my "bucket list" (a term commonly used in the United States from a famous movie detailing an event we wish for before the end of our lifetime) - it is not necessarily an activity but a true indulgence.

Fresh Faced Barbie Doll

One of the items I love about Barbie is the "fresh face" of the doll. Ruth Handler created the girl everyone wants to be. Beautiful but yet with a friendly face and as one person so aptly described a "fresh face" - a face not just of beauty but of kindness and fun and happiness.

Recent editions of the face to me have changed. In 2008, I read that Mattel added rooted eye lashes. When I review the faces through the years of the Holiday Barbie, I see a dramatic change in the face in mid-2000. The change I don't care for - the fresh face that I fell in love with and have become a friend with has now sadly changed.

Yes, I know my face has changed too over the decades but I would prefer the magic of that fresh face to return. No rooted eyelashes, just the beautiful green eyed beauty that I fell in love with when I was 5 years old.

What do you think about the evolution of the Barbie face? Do you see the change? Do you approve?

2008 marked the 20th anniversary of Holiday Barbie Dolls. For many of us, it just wouldn't be a Holiday season - a Christmas without Barbie. Most of us have childhood memories of Christmas morning with Barbie gifts under the tree and today we have Holiday Barbies and ornaments to help celebrate the season.

In addition to the official Holiday doll produced every year, Hallmark produces Barbie Christmas Ornaments and there have been many other Holiday Barbies - special editions, grocery store versions, even an Angel series. This part of Fashion Doll Guide is intended to be a comprehensive guide to everything Holiday Barbie. I will be adding in individual pages on each doll and ornament.

Happy Holiday Barbie Dolls Dolls were made from 1988 to 1998. The 1988 Happy Holiday Barbie is considered to be the first "Collectible Barbie", although it wasn't originally planned that way. The dolls rapidly sold out and almost immediately began to command big prices on the secondary market. Based on the popularity of that doll, Mattel realized there was a huge market for Barbie Dolls for adult collectors. This was the beginning of the "Barbie craze" that continued to grow, reached an absolute fevered pitch in the late 1990s (thanks to the advent of eBay). Unfortunately for many, the craze has died down since the early 2000s, but there are still many adult Barbie collectors.

First of the Collectible Adult Series of Barbie Dolls

This series, the Holiday Series, was one of the most (if not THE most) popular of all times. Many began their Barbie collection because of this series and many collected only this line. Many girls received a "Happy Holiday" Barbie each year for Christmas.

Since the end of the Happy Holiday Series in 1998 there have been Holiday Barbie Dolls every year, but there has not been a continual series like the earlier one.

In 1999 the Holiday Barbie was called Millennium Princess, in celebration of the new millennium.

From 2000 to 2002 the Holiday Barbies were the Celebration Series.

Holiday Barbie Doll in 2003 the Holiday Barbie was called "Winter Fantasy".

Since 2004 they have been called simply "Holiday Barbie".

Fantastic Holiday Decoration and Collectible

The delight in collecting is being able to afford the collection. What is delightful about this series with the exception of a few rare Holiday Barbie Dolls, the dolls remain very affordable. Check out the great prices from Amazon and eBay for these fanciful creations. Yes, some are in the hundreds but not all, there are some great buys out there - quality outweighing the price tag.

If you want a rare doll, if you want a porcelain doll, do plan on spending more. All the others are equally delightful and make a great present to a loved one or friend or a personal treat.

Frugal Female Gift - Many Memories Created

Where can you create a memory, an annual tradition for less than $40?! This is a fantastic item to share. Please at the end, share your personal stories with us. We want to hear about the gift given and gifts received - the many memories created.

Start Your Collection Today - Start Collecting for a Close Friend - A New Tradition

Share the joy, start a collection today. Indulge a close friend and start her on a collection today!

Jill Barad with Barbie and Ken

 Jill Barad with Barbie and Ken
Jill Barad with Barbie and Ken | Source

Career of Jill Barad

Mattel Toys, Incorporated, 1981–1982, product manager,

Marketing; 1982–1983

Director, Marketing; 1983–1985,

Vice President, Marketing; 1985–1986,

Senior Vice President, Mmarketing; 1986–1988,

Senior Vice President, Marketing Development; 1988–1989,

Executive Vice President, Product Design and Development, and Executive Vice President, Marketing and Worldwide Product Development; 1989–1990,

President, Girls' and Activity Toys Division; Mattel USA, 1990–1992,

President; 1992–1997,

President and Chief Operating Officer; Mattel, Incorporated, 1997–2000,

Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer.

"Social and Economic Impact

Undoubtedly, Barad is best known for taking the Barbie doll from an old reliable seller to one of the hottest products on the toy market. Barad masterminded the Barbie “brand expansion” that included many new, and often costly, products. Now there are some 100 different Barbie dolls on sale each model year—costumed for careers such as doctor, business executive, pilot, and astronaut. There are also Barbies in designer clothes, kid-size Barbies, and a Gold Jubilee anniversary Barbie that sold for up to $1000. Over the course of eight years, Barad tripled Barbie sales. In 1988, Mattel reached $1 billion in sales and in 1997, the company topped $4.6 billion. Eighty percent of all sales are generated by its four main brands: Hot-Wheels, Fisher-Price, Disney, and Barbie."

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Jill Barad | Evil-Lyn | Roger Sweet | Top Toys | Top Managers Creating the Magic We Enjoy

Top Toys - Top Marketers - Top Designers

Does film emulate real life? 

Was Jill Barad the inspiration for the design that Roger Sweet created for the Evil-Lyn action figure?  Evil-Lyn is a strong and beautiful character in the Masters of the Universe film produced by Filmation. How great of a designer is Roger Sweet? How great of a marketer is Jill Barad? This much and more - check out Top Toys and the marketing magic behind and the managers who created the magic.

Evil-Lyn of Masters of the Universe

Evil-Lyn of Masters of the Universe
Evil-Lyn of Masters of the Universe | Source

We Girls Can Do Anything Marketing Slogan

Ruth Handler may have been the inventor of the Barbie Doll, Jill Barad was the inventor of the collector series of Barbie Dolls. A marketing maven who propelled Mattel from good to great. A marketing genius who harnessed the buying power of aging babyboomers who fondly remembered their childhood days and playing with Barbie Dolls. Jill successfully targeted the adult buying power of collectible Barbie Dolls. She changed the slogan of Barbie and took the dreams of Barbie beyond fashion and into the boardroom - in both the retail sector and in her personal life. Jill Barad successfully broke through the glass ceiling of Corporate America. Hear what esteemed business and news media had to say about her professional success story.

"In 1995, however, Barad began to market Barbie as a professional role model with the tagline "We Girls Can Do Anything," accompanied by the message that Barbie could be a doctor, dentist, teacher, or executive. The new aggressive marketing campaign meant that Barbie became a symbol of achievement rather than an image of high-fashion attractiveness. That year the new Barbie dolls accounted for $1.4 billion in sales or 35 percent of Mattel's gross revenue. In 1997 Barad became living proof of Barbie's "We Girls Can Do Anything" slogan by moving into the position of Mattel's chief executive officer when John Amerman retired."

source: Dawn Jacob Laney Jill Barad 1951— Biography - Developing marketing skills, Taking Mattel by storm, Early successes, Difficulties in management, Overexpansion Reference For Business

"Barad started at Mattel as a $38,000-a-year product manager in 1981. She rose to CEO by January, 1997. Over the past three years, she has pocketed $23 million, and she holds options to buy 4.9 million Mattel shares. At a time when such top female executives as PepsiCo Inc.'s Brenda Barnes have left Corporate America behind to spend more time with their families and others remain thwarted by the glass ceiling, Barad is one of a handful of women to head a major American company." Business Week

After a bountiful buyout from Mattel, Jill Barad went on to serve to other corporate boards.

Holiday Barbie - Corporate Barbie - We Girls Can Do Anything

The economic power of women is often forgotten. The marketing successes and inventions are commonly shouted about for men and by men. Women have made a substantial contribution to our society. Women are all about grace and elegance as exhibited in the beautiful fashions of Barbie. Women are also all about dreams of success - both at home and corporate success. The Holiday Barbie is a celebration of joy and opulence and in some small way, a celebration too of the careers of two brave women - Ruth Handler the inventor and Jill Barad who forged new territories in the marketplace and created their very own corporate legacies.

Barad’s success is an inspiration to all - and especially to young girls. Barad's career and rapid rise in corporate America is a reinforcement of what women can achieve: "We Girls Can Do Anything".

The essence of Barbie remains true even to today - "We Girls Can Do Anything". Think and dream big.

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”

Albert Einstein quotes (German born American Physicist who developed the special and general theories of relativity. Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921. 1879-1955)

“I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

Jimmy Dean quotes

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

C.S. Lewis quotes (British Scholar and Novelist. 1898-1963)

"Our objective is to position Switzerland as a country with the most exceptional natural features where visitors can enjoy truly authentic alpine holidays. To achieve this aim, Swiss Tourism has developed this year's campaign on the basis of six universal reasons which invite vacationers to dream, to travel, to discover the wonders of nature, to be astonished, to move and to be moved."

Federico Sommaruga quotes

“The goal is really to raise the aspirations of girls. But the other goal is to get the country to pay attention to how powerful adults are in girls' lives.”

Marie Wilson quotes

Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”

Mother Teresa quote

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love”

Mother Teresa quote

1988 - 2010 Holiday Barbie Detail on Amazon

Enjoyed the journey? Continue below as we detail each Holiday Barbie by year (descending) on Amazon. Pick your favorite Holiday Barbie and year.

2007 Happy Holidays Barbie

2007 Happy Holidays Barbie
2007 Happy Holidays Barbie | Source

1996 Happy Holiday Barbie

1996 Happy Holiday Barbie
1996 Happy Holiday Barbie | Source

Which face of Barbie do you prefer?

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1992 Holiday Barbie

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    • GmaGoldie profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      Markets come and go. My mother had a saying, like all trite sayings it is very true, "you never go broke taking a profit". The price set by eBay is the market price. There are other auction houses that may bring more revenue for certain items but obviously eBay is the giant in the industry. If you want more money for the item, if I might suggest listing it on eBay with a reserve. If the right buyer is out there and the Barbie is rare and the Holiday Barbies are rare and always in demand, you probably will get your price. You may have to wait but that is the nature of trading.

      Best of luck to you my friend. Thank you so much for sharing.

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      6 years ago

      I was wondering if u could tell me. I have been following the price guide of a book for some of the Barbies u even have on your site, & am completely shocked. Have the price of barbied gone down so drasticly? The price guide I have been using at this time is "Warman's Barbie Doll field guide" from 2009. A barbie that is in this book that I purchased is one of the Holiday barbies, it is listed as having a value of $120.00, & u have it on this site I believe for 15.00 or 20.00?? I'm really pretty confused at this time. I have been sitting up night after night trying to win some of these dolls that are going for outragous prices, for more reasonable ones, & have won them for not too much if compared to the 120.00 value, yet if it is at your value, I feel taken. I am completely disabled, & cannot help my husband in the hands on type of things as I am stuck either in a wheelchair, or my hospitall bed here at home. So, I am not going to fib & say "all" these dolls I have purchased are to keep. The ones that I am getting more of one of, & at a decent (what I thought was decent) price, was going to be trying to resell those for a little more than I paid to help bring in some extra funds for our 4 kids for Christmas this yr, or we may not have one for them. So, I need to know if what I am doing is wise, or stupid. I just wanted to help my husband out, without. I wasn't planning on selling these dolls for 120.00 each, I was just going to sell them for a little more than I paid for them. Please help an ole' fool!! Thank u & may God bless all of u & keep u safe in his care. =)

    • GmaGoldie profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      You Mother is brilliant and your daughters very blessed to have both her and you and great holiday presents. I just missed that era - a little too old. Maybe with a grand daughter I can copy your Mom some day.

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      Katie McMurray 

      8 years ago from Westerville

      My daughters have a collection of the collectable barbies started by my Mom when they were first born. It's a holiday tradition to give them one each year. They are really nice and a great gift idea as Barbie's are a fun collectable. Thanks :)

    • GmaGoldie profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      The personality of the boss must be open to humor and the boss must truly have everything and then it makes a fun gift - but fortunately the world is filled with great bosses who meet this criteria. Imagine the self made men and women who would love it.

      The reality shows would have a hey day with this gift - spurring on even more notoriety and branding for their audience.

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      8 years ago


      Yes, I believe your idea is great, giving your boss a doll that looks like him/her is amazing and very unique.

    • GmaGoldie profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      You make a brilliant point. So much so, I had to write an entire Hub about the subject. Jill Barad and Roger Sweet are fascinating people - top marketers and top designers.

      Here is the article complete with background information on both Barad and Sweet and the photos are interesting too:

      I hope you an others enjoy.

      Thank you so much for the great idea. The research was fascinating.

    • GmaGoldie profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      You make a brilliant point. So much so, I had to write an entire Hub about the subject. Jill Barad and Roger Sweet are fascinating people - top marketers and top designers.

      Here is the article complete with background information on both Barad and Sweet and the photos are interesting too:

      I hope you an others enjoy.

      Thank you so much for the great idea. The research was fascinating.

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      8 years ago

      I wonder if Jill Barad was Roger Sweet's inspiration for Evil Lyn (a Masters Of The Universe action figure). She's fairly pretty, but has a vicious look about her which scares me.

    • GmaGoldie profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Mary Shummer,

      I love that personalized Barbie idea - very cool!

      Wouldn't that be a fun corporate gift to a great boss?!

      Barbie is always a perfect for gift giving. I love the Holiday Barbie for adding to holiday decorations. Holiday time is a time for dreaming and Barbie is the dream of everything we all want to be.

      Great contribution - thank you so much for sharing!

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      Mary Shummer 

      8 years ago

      Nice Barbie Collection, I think they are perfect for gifting, I wish I could receive one this Christmas, anyway thought this could be interesting, I found this website that can create a super-realistic doll heads of anyone from just a photo. Imagine making doll of yourself, your kids, your boss or your favorite celebrity!

      Apparently they can make the heads in many scales to fit Barbie-like dolls, Tonner dolls or even smaller figurines like Polly Pocket.

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      Reborn Babies 

      9 years ago

      Top quality reborns are created by hand, one at a time by skilled artists all over the world. This new sub-section of the doll collecting market has quickly gained worldwide notoriety due to the uniqueness of the dolls and the obsessive nature of their fans.

    • GmaGoldie profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      9 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      Neither did I - took some searching. Interesting story. Wow! I love the personal connection - all too often we think it is just story book land and not real. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing!

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      9 years ago from Texas

      I did not know that Jill was behind the collector series and she is my cousin by marriage. One of my daughter's friends gets a holiday Barbie every year for Christmas from her grandmother.


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