As the nights grow longer, the days colder and the mercury in the barometer starts to plummet, it is that time of the year when you dig about in the loft for your decorations and tree to celebrate Christmas once again.
So as well as making the list of presents you need to buy, sorting out the food for the big day and of course, inviting a host of family and friend around to join in the festivities, you are going to need some down time to rest and enjoy yourself a little and what better way to do this if you are slot fan, than by playing some Christmas themed slots.
Over the next few weeks, these slots will start to become some of the most popularly played across the network of Casinos that offer Microgaming slots and while they may not reach the same popularity as the likes of MegaMoolah.com, Thunderstruck II or Game of Thrones, there's still plenty to enjoy in the Christmas slot genre.
We have taken a look at the different festive slots you can play at Microgaming Casinos and we bring you our five favorite games to play over the festive season below.
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
While Deck the Halls is one of my favorite 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
I always enjoy a festive game that doesn't bow to tradition and tries to give us an unusual take on the Christmas theme and that is precisely what you get with Santa's Wild Ride. This 243-ways to win slot has all the Christmas themes you'd want, including Christmas pudding and Mince Pie, but this Santa had traded in his reindeer and sleigh for a motorbike with plenty of horse power, while Mrs Santa Claus is a flame haired biker chick.
One of the nicest features of the slot is a rather jaunty soundtrack which is both festive and original. The best bonus features include a random multiplier, which can lead to wins of up to 4x the standard amount, plus a chance to win up to 25 Free Spins with the Harley Davidson Keys scatter symbol, which comes with other bonus features such as Stacked or Expanding Wilds. Land the Free Gift bonus on any spin and you will also trigger a guaranteed cash prize. With a top prize of 1.9 million coins to be won, you can win enough cash to make this Christmas a very memorable one indeed on Santa's Wild Ride slot.
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.
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 Dickens' most famous Christmas grump perfectly.