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Deck the Halls 

Will realizes that Ashley has never experienced a real Christmas before and goes out of his way to let her have one. He decorates the inside of the mansion and also the outside fully, upsetting some of the neighbors.


Jeff Melman


Benny Medina (format by), Jeff Pollack (format by) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Will Smith ... Will Smith
James Avery ... Philip Banks
Janet Hubert ... Vivian Banks (as Janet Hubert-Whitten)
Alfonso Ribeiro ... Carlton Banks
Karyn Parsons ... Hilary Banks
Tatyana Ali ... Ashley Banks (as Tatyana M. Ali)
Joseph Marcell ... Geoffrey Butler
Evander Holyfield ... Himself
John Roarke John Roarke ... Ronald Reagan Impersonator
Taylor Negron ... Vic
Mike Pniewski ... Mark Driscoll (as Michael Pniewski)
Michael Landes ... Chadney Hunt
Keith Bogart ... Jonathan Cartwell
Michael Weiner ... Kellogg Lieberbaum
Richard Roat ... Barton Grey


Will is appalled that Ashley has never experienced a big traditional family Christmas so he takes it upon himself to decorate that house the way he and his mother use to be in Philly. Aunt Viv leaves the job to Will, who goes out and buys every tacky decoration he can find, which upsets the Banks' stuffy neighbors. The neighbor's response puts Ashley in a bad mood until a group of underprivileged kids show up at the door to sing Christmas carols - and who love the lights. Ashley's spirits are lifted, and she demands that the lights stay up. Written by Jerry Roberts <armchairoscars@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

10 December 1990 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


As Will and Ashley are writing their Christmas lists to Santa, Will jokes about wanting Vanessa Williams. Two seasons later, he would get his wish as Vanessa Williams guest-stars in the 3rd season episode "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum". See more »


Philip Banks: Ashley's right. What are we fighting about? We all used to love Christmas, now we take everything so seriously.
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Alternate Versions

Earlier syndicated versions of this episode cut the very first scene where Geoffrey does a puppet show for Ashley and Will. In a new syndicated version, now shown on Nick at Nite, that scene appears while the scene where Will and Ashley are in the store is shortened. See more »


I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Written by Tommie Connor (uncredited)
Performed by Alfonso Ribeiro & the High School Glee Club
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