The first holiday doll debuted in 1988 and was an instant hit with collectors worldwide. It was considered the first collectible Barbie. The dolls sold quickly and commanded above-retail prices on the secondary market. The Happy Holidays Barbie became a popular Christmas gift for young girls. In 2000, Mattel responded to collectors by reducing production quantities of its Limited Edition dolls to 35,000 or fewer.
Ever since, the holiday dolls have come to symbolize the joy-filled spirit of the season with colorful costumes, hair and makeup styles that reflect the trends of the day. Holiday Barbie tops the list as the gift everyone loves to receive this time of year due to the superior level of craftsmanship.
This particular box had been opened from the bottom, and immediately closed back up!. (As shown in the pictures) She has never been touched or removed from this box. This is what they call NRFB condition - Never Removed From Box, making this one more valuable. She has been stored away in Room Temperature condition, therefore, preserving the color of the box.