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[[caption-width-right:350:A dress that's pretty, merry, and warm enough for [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/cinderella_fur_trimmed_holiday_dress.jpg dancing out in the snow]].]]
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->"It may snow all night, but I'll never feel cold!"
-->-- '''[[Franchise/DisneyPrincess Cinderella]]''', "Dressed for the Ball"

A grand, old style dress designed to make it clear it's to be worn for the holiday season.

The standard form is a dress with a tasteful bodice (though it can include an ImpossiblyLowNeckline or AbsoluteCleavage), a full length bell-shaped skirt, and a generous amount of trimmings such as [[PrettyInMink fur (that's often snowy white)]], {{jewelry}}, ribbons, [[SymbolMotifClothing snowflake decorations]], {{Sparkles}}, sprigs of holly, etc. Best designed to wear [[DancesAndBalls during a formal dance]], lounging around the fireplace, or walking around [[DreamingOfAWhiteChristmas on a clear night after the snow fell]].

Red is the most common color, followed by white (especially if worn by a WinterRoyalLady), green, and even [[GoldMakesEverythingShiny gold]]. If blue is used, it is often paired only with white (and sometimes silver) to evoke an icy appearance, especially if worn by a WinterRoyalLady.

This is meant to equate the lady wearing it with MrsClaus, but her typical outfit is of the homely 19th century grandmother type, while these dresses can be quite extravagant.

This trope may date back to Victorian times (especially [[ErmineCapeEffect if royalty dressed up for Christmas]]).

SideStoryBonusArt, particularly with anime and manga, often has holiday pics with female characters wearing these dresses, as does a majority of chapters/episodes that take place in December. It's also common in Christmas themed VirtualPaperDoll games.

A SubTrope of PimpedOutDress and CostumePorn.

A SisterTrope to SexySantaDress, FairytaleWeddingDress.

Compare SweaterGirl, HomemadeSweaterFromHell, CostumePorn, StylishProtectionGear, AnIceSuit.

Contrast ExposedToTheElements, FurBikini.
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* In the Christmas episode of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', Rosette wears a Santa suit while delivering presents to a local orphanage. Chrono was forced into a reindeer outfit.
* In Anime/DigimonAdventure02, one of the International Digidestined is a French girl named Catherine; she's seen wearing a fur trimmed dress that's red and, compared to most character's outfits, very fancy. Since the battle Catherine was involved in happened on Christmas Eve night, she didn't really have much say in the matter, as there was no time to go home and change.
* The main heroines of ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'' done Santa-like outfits for their Christmas episode.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''ComicBook/KatyKeene'' had had several she models. One cover shows her in a red, holly-trimmed dress when she's under a mistletoe and two guys are trying to kiss her.

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[[folder: Film -- Animated]]

* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieInAChristmasCarol'' has several. The Ghosts of Christmas each wear one (present has the skirt looking a bit like a Christmas tree), Barbie wears a white one with lots of lace, and Eden wears one with a {{gold| makes everything shiny}} GiantWaistRibbon and a [[PimpedOutCape fur-trimmed cape]].
* Belle wore a red and gold holiday dress for ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeastTheEnchantedChristmas''.
* In ''Disney/OlafsFrozenAdventure'', Elsa has a darker blue version of her ice dress, where the snowflake motif is more visible, and the neckline is trimmed with white fur, giving her a festive snow queen look.
** Anna's outfit in ''Olaf's Frozen Adventure'' isn't as grand as Elsa's, but still has several subtle decorations, such as white fur lining on her jacket and hat, HairDecorations that look like leaves with cranberries, and a bells & goats motif on the hem of her skirt.

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[[folder: Film -- Live Action]]

* The red Christmas morning dress worn by Creator/JulianneMoore in ''Film/FarFromHeaven''.
* The "[[BeautyContest Miss Merry Christmas]]" in ''Film/SteelMagnolias'' wears a long, red dress with a white faux fur neckline and muff.
* Haynes Sisters wear red dresses trimmed with white fox (and had other accessories, like fur muffs) at the end of ''Film/WhiteChristmas''. You can see them in the picture on that film's page.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The Literature/AmericanGirl dolls' outfits in their Christmas books are always special-occasion outfits, sometimes with a religious significance (such as Kirsten's St. Lucia dress in "Kirsten's Surprise"), or sometimes meant for a fancy party. The outfits accompanying the sixth book ("Changes for [Name]") will comprise the hardier, more practical winter wear.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In ''Film/TheChristmasToy'' (the precursor special to ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfToys''), one of the toys was a CaptainErsatz of {{Franchise/Barbie}}, and she wears a grand dress until she decides to get changed for the rescue mission.
* ''Series/MadMen'': Some episodes in the fourth season, and the Season Six premiere, featured some variations: Joan's curve-hugging red dress with the GiantWaistRibbon, Peggy's Pine Green dress with the Season-Appropriate brooch, Megan and Trudy's coral pink dresses [[AluminumChristmasTrees (an actual seasonal color at the time)]], Betty's red dress with the white stole and her gold tapestry dress with the large ribbon.
* In the ChristmasEpisode of ''Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse'', Miss Yvonne wears one that also includes long HighClassGloves, [[FluffyFashionFeathers white feather trim]] on the gloves and dress neckline, and her hair done up like a Christmas tree.

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[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* Wrestling/MollyHolly tended to wear these in Santa's Little Helper matches instead of a Sexy Santa Dress like the other WWE Divas would.

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[[folder: Toys ]]

* [[TropeNamers Named for]] the "Happy Holidays" Franchise/{{Barbie}} line, which has several different kinds of these dresses.
** There are other dress lines as well, like the "[[WinterRoyalLady Winter Princess]]" line.
* The Franchise/DisneyPrincess merchandise shows them in various holiday dresses, usually made from the base design of the canonical dresses the princesses wore in their movies, but also with a shared theme (white fur-trimmed dresses and white fur muffs, [[GoldMakesEverythingShiny gold dresses]], GemEncrusted dresses, etc.). Often they have [[PimpedOutCape matching capes]].

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Claris's dress in ''[[VideoGame/NightsIntoDreams Christmas NiGHTS]]''.
* The MrsClaus outfit in the Holiday packs for ''VideoGame/TheSims 2''.

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* In ''Webcomic/SparklingGenerationValkyrieYuuki'', Yuuki and Chiaki wear grand dresses for a seasonal job.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', the Ghost of Christmas Past (formerly a tooth fairy), wears a blue dress with snowflake decorations.
* In the first Christmas episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'', Kendra wears a [[PimpedOutCape Happy Holidays Cape]].
* In the video ''PrincessSydney Christmas: Three Gold Coins'', Sydney wears a red christmas dress with a thick, white fur hem and neckline.

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