Playboy Retro: Playboy's Best Holiday Shoots

By Playboy.com Staff

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<p></p><p><i>Playboy</i>’s been heating up the cold winter months and bringing some light and comfort to dark Decembers via many a holiday-themed shoot, lo these 60 years. Sample some of the best!</p>


For 60 years, Playboy’s been heating up the cold winter months and bringing some light and comfort to dark Decembers via many a holiday-themed shoot. Let the Ghost of Sexy Christmas Past take us back to see the very best in both holiday and wintry December Playboy pictorials in this special countdown to the greatest Playboy Christmas pictorial of them all.

  1. Janet Pilgrim got her start working in Playboy’s circulation and subscription department before posing in the magazine. Janet was soon a hit with the fans and became the prototype of the "girl next door" approach for future Playmates. She was so popular that for a time, Playboy offered a personal phone call from Miss Pilgrim to anyone who bought a lifetime subscription to the magazine! Janet Pilgrim was featured three times in the pages of Playboy in July 1955, December 1955 and October 1956. Her December 1955 appearance and her beguiling pic next to the Christmas tree win her a spot on our list this year.

  2. Actress and glamour model Linda Vargas was a Chicago native whose steamy charm was enough to heat up the cold, windy Midwestern metropolis. For the December 1957 issue her hot-blooded lusciousness wasn’t enough to fight the chills she might have caught posing in her birthday suit, therefore they built her a large roaring fire to lounge in front of.

{"pbembedwidget":"gallery","id":"15393","size":"large","alignment":"left"} 4. Crowned Miss Indiana in the state beauty pageant, June Cochran went on to become 1963’s Playmate of the Year. Just a year before becoming PMOY, June was America’s holiday gift in the December 1962 issue of Playboy. Her pictorial remains timeless: she rolls in the snow, poses with a tree ornament and shows her sophisticated self in some fine furs. Was this the best Christmas present the nation’s ever gotten?

Why have visions of sugarplums dancing in your head when you can enjoy these plum gals instead? Get to know them all a little better in the gallery above. Meet us back here next week as we present the rest of our Christmas countdown. 


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