picks eight of the best Microgaming Christmas slots!

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat and that means for many workers across the world, it is time for the annual Work's Christmas Party, where someone will end up photocopying their bottom and sending the pictures around the office, and at least two people will be a little red-faced a sheepish come Monday morning when news of their drunken liaison gets around the office.

Over the years, the traditions of Christmas have started to change and in among all the reverence of the birth of Christ as the true inspiration for these festivities, it seems as relaxing, having a drink and enjoying a good time have become a central theme to the festive season, as much as turkey or ham with the trimmings and a sixpence in the Christmas pudding.

Part of having a great time when relaxing is doing something you love and for millions of people around the world, that involves enjoying a few slots. In an attempt to echo the good time vibe at Christmas, we have brought you eight of the best "good time" Christmas slots to enjoy over the festive season. These are not all necessarily Christmas slots (though many are) but ones we feel will likely put a smile on your face when you get fed up with your aunty prattling on about something, or when you get ten minutes peace to yourself as all your guests have fallen into a food-induced post Xmas lunch snooze.

So, if you've got a few minutes to kick back and enjoy some season slots fun, pour yourself a small sherry, grab a handful of After Eight mints and sit down to enjoy any of these eight games, all of which are guaranteed to keep you in positive festive spirits!

Santa Paws

  • Reels - 5
  • Lines - 20 lines
  • Min Bet - 0.20
  • Max Bet - 200
  • Free Spins - Yes

It's not just humans that celebrate Christmas nowadays as in the slot world, even the animals at the North and South Pole enjoy the day in their own way. The very cute and enjoyable Santa Paws slot was one of the more engaging Christmas releases a few years back and it has stood the test of time very well indeed.

This 20-line, 5-reel slot offers a top single line prize of 4,000 coins in the base game but the real fun begins when you land three or more the penguin Scatter symbols on the reels to trigger 12 Free Spins, which come with a multiplier that can increase in value up to 7x the standard amount. During Free Spins, Rudolph the Red Nosed Killer Whale becomes a second Wild symbol, alongside the standard Santa Paws polar bear Wild.

This is a simple slot to play that offers a different take on the Christmas theme and excellent lower variance play.

Deck the Halls

  • Reels - 5
  • Lines - 30 lines
  • Min Bet - 0.30
  • Max Bet - 60.00
  • Free Spins - Yes

While Deck the Halls is one of my favourite Christmas slots from Microgaming, I am always confused that when you load the slot up, you are treated to a rather pleasant instrumental rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas, and not Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly!

Still, this 30 line, five reel slot has plenty going for it. The look of the slot is absolutely spot on for Christmas with lights, baubles, Christmas Trees, roasted turkey and shimmering stars all part of the symbols on the reels. Up to 2.4 million coins can be won on the slot too, and you can trigger 10 Free Spins by landing three or more of the bell Scatter symbols across the reels.

The high paying Santa symbol is stacked during the base game and also during Free Spins, while the Deck The Halls symbol is the Wild and offers wins of up to 4,000 coins on a single line. Furthermore, land a stacked Deck the Halls Wild during Free Spins and this awards you a 4x multiplier on any win it is part of.

Santa's Wild Ride

  • Reels - 5
  • Lines - 243 Ways to win
  • Min Bet - 0.30
  • Max Bet - 37.50
  • Free Spins - Yes

If you like a more modern slot, with a more modern outlook on Santa then Santa's Wild Ride is the perfect choice for you. With a rather cheerful song playing (which when it starts sounds very much like the opening sequence of Summer Holiday by Cliff Richard). This Santa has eschewed reindeer for his own powerful motorbike and Mrs Santa is a biker chick and a lot hotter than the sweet old lady who you usually associate with keeping things in order at the North Pole.

All the trimmings of Christmas are evident on the slot including a pint of beer, mince pies, Christmas pudding and for some reason, a large sandwich (which we don't get, but hey, it's got some holly and berries on the top of it, so it counts as Christmas in our view).

This is a 5-reel slot with 243-ways to win, which sees you able to bet from just 0.30 per spin, so in terms of value for money, this is a slot that will definitely bring you festive cheer. The highest bet you can make is just 37.50, so it isn't likely to appeal to higher rollers. Wilds are Stacked in the game and can lead to some decent wins. There's also Expanding Wilds on the reels which can expand to cover the entire reel for a better chance of a win. You can also land a Trailing Wild symbol, which leaves a trail of Wilds as it slides down the reels.

Add to that a Free Spins bonus of 25 Free Spins when you land three, four or five of the Motorbike Keys Scatter across the reels. All wins during Free Spins are doubled and you can select one of the Wild features outlined above for the duration of the bonus. Add to that a Free Gift Bonus when you land Santa's Gifts on reels 2 and 4 and you have a packed Christmas slot full of festive cheer for you to enjoy.

Jingle Bells

  • Reels - 3
  • Lines - 5
  • Min Bet - 0.25
  • Max Bet - 100
  • Free Spins - No

Christmas is a time of the year when we tend to enjoy old traditions, so it seems fitting that among our must-play slots at this time of the year is one retro-styled game. Jingle Bells is our choice and this simple 3-reel, five pay line slot offers great value spins from just 0.25 and a top prize that could be worth up to 6000x your coin bet.

As with most retro-styled slots, there are no Free Spins bonuses to trigger here, but simply a single line to win on and the chance to win the top prize, if you can land the jingle bells symbol on the fifth paying line. You can of course, select fewer lines to play, but with each line you play, the size of the top jackpot grows.

With simple Cherry, Red Seven and Bar symbols the only other symbols on the reels, this is a slot that offers you a Christmas slot as things used to be many years ago and for many at Christmas, that is not too bad a thing at all.


  • Reels - 5
  • Lines - 50 lines
  • Min Bet - 0.01
  • Max Bet - 250
  • Free Spins - Yes

If you like a slot that offers you a chance of a 120,000-coin top prize, but hugely adjustable game play (you can play from 1 up to 50 lines and bet from 0.01 up to 250.00 per spin) then the Scrooge slot from Microgaming is one that you should certainly load up this Christmas.

The game has a fun base game which offers some sizeable wins of up to 6,000 coins (which can be doubled when landed with a Wild symbol), as well as a number of different bonus features, including the Xmas Dinner Bonus, where you get to feed hungry characters and the meal you choose for them relates to a cash prize, based on the size of your total bet.

Land the Countdown Calendar on a spin and you advance the calendar until it reaches the 25th December, at which the Free Spins you have accrued (by landing the Plus One Free Spin symbol) will trigger. You then play through your Free Spins with all wins doubled, before the counters reset.

This is a fun, different and very enjoyable Christmas slot that celebrates both the festivities and Dicken's most famous Christmas grump perfectly.

Happy Holidays Slot

  • Reels - 5
  • Lines - 243 Ways to Win
  • Min Bet - 0.30
  • Max Bet - 30.00
  • Free Spins - Yes

Another great modern slot to enjoy this Christmas in terms of features, if not style, is the Happy Holidays slot. This slot focuses more on the traditional Christmas and has a rather soft, gentle and warming atmosphere to play in, all the more calming if your traditional Christmas at home tends to get a little crazy.

The slot boasts 243 Ways to Win in the base game with a starting bet of just 0.30, although you can increase that up to 30.00 per spin if you want to play for more money. With a jackpot of up to 88,000 coins to be won, you could land a real bumper prize win at Christmas if you get lucky.

The golden bauble is the Scatter symbol and when you land three or more of these symbols on the reels, you trigger 10 Free Spins, but not only that, the reel sizes increase by one to include four symbols per reel and the number of wins also increases to a huge 1024 Ways to Win. Furthermore, during Free Spins the Snowman symbol can transform into any of the four higher value symbols on the reels to award you the highest possible win on that spin.

The Happy Holidays symbol is the Wild and substitutes for all symbols apart from the Scatter and the snowman during the Free Spins bonus round. You can also trigger the Frosty Feature on any non-winning spin at random, in which case you receive a free re-spin and if you land just one Scatter symbol, you will trigger the Free Spins bonus round.

So if you are looking for a little festive fun and frolics on your quiet time this Christmas then any of these great Microgaming slots are the perfect choice for a few quality seasonal spins.

Ho Ho Ho

  • Reels - 5
  • Lines - 15 lines
  • Min Bet - 0.01
  • Max Bet - 75.00
  • Free Spins - Yes

Play Ho Ho Ho with the sound down and you think that this game is just your typical Christmas slot with the usual symbols on the reels. However, turn the Sound up and a discordant version of O Come all Ye Faithful plays against the backdrop of howling wind and tolling bells, which is entirely out of keeping with the look of the slot and gives it more a feel of a spooky, post-apocalyptic Christmas story.

The slot has 15 lines in play across the 5 reels and you can select the lines, meaning spins range from just 0.01 per spin up to a nice high maximum bet of 75.00 per spin. Santa is the in game Wild and he can substitute for all symbols on the reels except for the Scatter to try and land you a better value or increasing number of wins on a spin.

There is a Free Spins game which can see you land 20 Free Spins when landing three, four or five of the Present Scatter symbols on the reels. You can also retrigger this bonus from within the Free Spins themselves to give you even more chance of a sizeable win.

All winnings can also be gambled in the Ho Ho Ho slot using the special Gamble option at the end of a win, where you select a card from a pack to try and double your winnings. Pick the wrong colour though and you lose any cash you have just won.

Ladies Nite

  • Reels - 5
  • Lines - 9 lines
  • Min Bet - 0.01
  • Max Bet - 45.00
  • Free Spins - Yes

Put a group of women together on a night out and you can almost be guaranteed a great time and that is the simple theme of this enjoyable 9 pay line slot from Microgaming. Ladies Nite may be one of the older games available from the company, but it is also one that is still as much fun to play today as it was when originally released.

With the number of lines selectable, you can wager from as little as 0.01 per spin, up to a maximum bet of 45.00 which means that Ladies Nite is a slot that is suitable for all bankrolls. The presentation of the slot makes it clear that this is about the girls enjoying themselves on a night out with dickie clad bow waiters as the Scatter symbols and a number of other symbols including lipstick and cocktails on the reels too.

The Glitter ball acts as the Wild in the game and can substitute for all the standard symbols to help create a winning line.

The Free Spins bonus sees you earn 15 Free Spins when you land three or more Scatters across the reels and you can re-trigger the bonus from within the game. All winnings in Free Spins come with a 3x multiplier attached too, which can really ramp up the value of the wins you land in this bonus.

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