The first Holiday Barbie was released in 1988 and was called the Happy Holidays Barbie. This is what the series was called from 1988 until 1998. Though the Happy Holiday Barbie from 1988 wasn’t technically the first collector Barbie, she is responsible for igniting interest in collector dolls for adults. She started the adult collector Barbie craze of the 90’s as Mattel realized there was a market for these dolls aimed at adults.
Holiday Barbie remains one of the most popular Barbie collections as it’s the series that got most people into Barbie collecting as a hobby. The series has been around since 1988 but it has undergone a name change occasionally. In 1999, the holiday Barbie was called the Millennium Princess Barbie to celebrate the beginning of the new millennium. From 2000 to 2002 the series was called Holiday Celebration Barbie. In 2003 the Holiday Barbie was called the Winter Fantasy Barbie, she was meant to be the first in a new series called Holiday Visions, but it never continued. She and her AA counterpart are the only dolls in that series, but they are still officially Holiday Barbie dolls. From 2004 and onward, they are called the Holiday Barbie collection.
2007 was the first year that the Holiday dolls started using ModelMuse bodies.
In diesem Jahr setzte Mattel zum ersten Model Muse Körper in der Holiday Reihe ein. Die Holiday Barbie 2007 wirkt in ihrem roten Kleid und der weißen Plüsch-Umrandung wie eine moderne Antwort auf „Mrs. Santa Claus“. Um den Hals trägt sie das Symbol des Nordsterns. Die Caucasian Version wurde mit dem CEO Face produziert und hat eine blond gelockte Frisur. Die afro-americanische Holiay Barbie hat eine identische Frisru und Mbili Face.