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Happy Holiday Barbies and Other Christmas Barbie Dolls

Updated on November 6, 2013

Holiday Barbie Dolls from 1988 to the Present

In 1988, Mattel launched one of the most popular Barbie series ever - the Happy Holidays Barbie. A new doll was added to the series every year until 1998, when Mattel stopped making Happy Holiday Barbies, but since then they have continued to create Christmas Barbie dolls under different names. Here's a look at Barbie's holiday history.

(Image of Holiday Barbie 2012 provided by amazon)

Happy Holiday Barbie 1988

Happy Holiday Barbie 1989

According to a variety of reports on the Internet, the first Happy Holidays Barbie was the idea of Mattel CEO John Amerman. Amerman took over leadership of the ailing toy company in 1987 and set to work cutting costs, reorganizing management and building core products. Barbie was one of those products. An article on Yahoo Voices says the new chief wanted to raise the doll's price tag above $10 and instructed his team to come up with the "most elegant Barbie ever." The result was the 1988 Happy Holidays Barbie. The doll, dressed in a red tulle gown with glitter and a white satin bow, was an immediate success, and proved that a special edition Barbie could sell at a higher price point than previous dolls. Thus began the Happy Holidays series.

In 1989, a second Happy Holiday Barbie was released. This one featured the iconic doll decked out in a white tulle gown with a faux fur-trimmed overskirt and stole. The 1988 and 1989 holiday dolls were the only years in which the Christmas doll was only released as a Caucasian, fair-haired doll. Beginning in 1990, each new release also included an African-American version.

(Product images by Mattel Barbie Collector)

Get the Original - The first doll is a true collectible

The 1988 Happy Holidays Barbie is still a highly sought-after doll. During the height of the Barbie craze in the 1990s, collectors were paying hundreds of dollars for a Never Removed From the Box (NRFB) doll. The price has gone down, but you should still expect to pay over $100 for a new NRFB 1988 Happy Holiday Barbie doll. Fortunately, they're not uncommon on eBay, so if you really want one of these dolls, you should be able to find one with a bit of patience. Below are current eBay listings for the 1988 version.

If you don't see any listings below, please check back later, as this section is updated regularly with new eBay data.

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Happy Holiday Barbie Photos

Two versions for every year

In 1990, Mattel began releasing two Happy Holiday Barbies each year - a Caucasian doll and an African American doll. Both toys featured the same outfits.

The 1998 Happy Holidays Barbie was the first Christmas Barbie to have her hair styled in an upsweep, and she was also the last one in that popular holiday series.

Here are images of all the dolls from the series.

Happy Holiday Barbie 1990

African American Happy Holiday Barbie 1990

Happy Holiday Barbie 1991

African American Happy Holiday Barbie 1991

Happy Holiday Barbie 1992

African American Happy Holiday Barbie 1992

Happy Holiday Barbie 1993

African American Happy Holiday Barbie 1993

Happy Holiday Barbie 1994

African American Happy Holiday Barbie 1994

Happy Holiday Barbie 1995

African American Happy Holiday Barbie 1995

Happy Holiday Barbie 1996

African American Happy Holiday Barbie 1996

Happy Holiday Barbie 1997

African American Happy Holiday Barbie 1997

Happy Holiday Barbie 1998

African American Happy Holiday Barbie 1998

(Product images by Mattel Barbie Collector)

Buy Collectible Happy Holiday Barbies - Buy a Happy Holiday Barbie Doll Online

If you're searching for any of the discontinued Christmas dolls, eBay is the place to look. With millions of products from around the world, it's likely to have whatever it is you're looking for.

1999 Millennium Princess Barbie Doll - The first holiday doll after the Happy Holidays series

The Happy Holidays Barbie series ended in 1998. In 1999, Mattel released the Millennium Princess doll to celebrate the holidays, as well as the beginning of the new millennium. This one carried a clear globe with a ribbon saying, "Happy New Year 2000" printed on it.

Millennium Princess Holiday Barbie Doll

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Holiday Barbie Dolls

More Christmas favorites

In 2000, Mattel came out with the Celebration Holiday Barbie to ring in the new millennia. But they got another name change a few years later. Since 2004, the dolls have just been called Holiday Barbie.

Collectors might be particularly interested in the 2005 release. That year, famed designer Bob Mackie designed the gown for what was undoubtedly his smallest client ever. (This isn't the only time Mackie has designed outfits for the iconic toy, however. He has also created such favorites as Countess Dracula, the Brazilian Banana Bonanza, and others.)

Here's a look at the Christmas designs through 2005.

2000 Celebration Holiday BarbieCHECK PRICE

2001 Celebration Holiday Barbie DollCHECK PRICE

2002 Celebration Holiday Barbie DollCHECK PRICE

2003 Winter Fantasy Holiday Visions BarbieCHECK PRICE

2004 Holiday BarbieCHECK PRICE

2005 Bob Mackie Holiday BarbieCHECK PRICE

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The Newest Holiday Barbie - Barbie Collector 2012 Holiday Doll

The newest collectible in the Christmas series is the 2012 doll, which was decked out in a beautiful red gown.

Barbie Collector 2012 Holiday Doll
Barbie Collector 2012 Holiday Doll

Product description: Barbie Collector is making 2012 "a holiday you will never forget"! Barbie doll returns to classic holiday colors and totally dazzles in radiant red. Dressed in a fabulous strapless ball gown, she's ready to attend the merriest holiday parties and celebrate the season in gorgeous style. This magnificent doll makes a great gift, and girls of all ages will love finding Holiday Barbie under their tree.


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Which of the Happy Holiday Barbies is Your Favorite? - Share your thoughts

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      3 years ago

      Used to have 1997 barbie not knowing it was a holiday ruined it.

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      4 years ago

      Nice lens

      Barbie is every girls lovable doll. Even Mine when I was a kid

      Also shared on Facebook :)



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      PhoneGuru LM 

      6 years ago

      Very, very classy. I love them all!

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      6 years ago

      I love the one with the white fur accents...the hat, collar, and ruff. The others are all beautiful too, but that Holiday Barbie is my pick.

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      6 years ago

      They are all so incredibly gorgeous! Someone must have a lot of fun designing the beautiful dresses and accessories for these Happy Holiday Barbies. This year's is pretty but some of the previous years have been prettier.


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