Christmas in Hollis

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"Christmas in Hollis"
Single by Run–D.M.C.
from the album A Very Special Christmas
B-side Peter Piper
Released November 25, 1987
Format Vinyl, Cassette
Recorded 1987
Genre Hip hop, rap rock
Length 2:59
Label A&M
Writer(s) Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, Jason Mizell
Producer(s) Rick Rubin, Run–D.M.C.
Run–D.M.C. singles chronology
"It's Tricky"
"Christmas in Hollis"
"I'm Not Going Out Like That"

"Christmas in Hollis" is a single by Run–D.M.C. that was included on two 1987 Christmas compilation albums featuring various artists: A Very Special Christmas (A&M 3911) and Christmas Rap (Profile 1247). A&M Records originally released the song as a single in 1987 off of the A Very Special Christmas album. The track was produced by the group along with Rick Rubin, and has become popular during the holiday season. It reached number 78 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in 2000, 13 years after it was first released. The title refers to Hollis, the neighborhood in Queens where the members of Run-D.M.C. grew up.

The track samples Clarence Carter's 1968 holiday song "Back Door Santa", "Frosty the Snowman", "Jingle Bells", and "Joy to the World".

Media Usage[edit]

  • The song was used in the 1988 film Die Hard, played by the limousine driver Argyle while he waits in the building's parking garage.
  • It was heard briefly in "Can't Fix Crazy," the final episode of the first season (2013) of Orange Is the New Black.[1]
  • It was heard at the beginning of the Brooklyn Nine-Nine episode "Christmas".
  • The song is being used as part of UK catalogue retailers Argos Christmas 2014 campaign.

Single track listing[edit]


  1. "Christmas in Hollis"
  2. "Walk This Way"


  1. "Peter Piper"
  2. "King of Rock"


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