Christmas is just around the corner, and with it, we will spend quality time with our families. It’s fun at first, but let’s be honest – aunts, uncles and other family members become rather annoying by the time the turkey and roast potatoes are served. When the situation becomes too much to bear, online slots are a fast and easy temporary escape. The slots below are themed around Christmas, meaning you can still enjoy some festive fun while chasing the big thrills and wins. Best of all, every one of these online slots can be played on your smartphone, meaning you can spin some crafty reels under the table.
Quickspin’s Polar Paws is a beautifully designed Christmas slot. As the name suggests, polar bears play a key role, with symbols including red, blue, purple and green versions of the creature. Multiplier wilds make big wins in the base game a real possibility, and bear wilds are available in both the base game and the free spins round. There are 10 of these free spins but collecting elf scatter symbols will increase that. Polar Paws is the perfect seasonal slot, as it is bright, beautiful and cheerful, with the potential for a biggish win around every corner.
Pragmatic Play’s Leprechaun Carol manages to combine two of the most popular slot themes into one highly entertaining slot. Here the typical Irish elements such as leprechauns, pots of golds and oversized hats get a winter makeover, with snow falling softly across the 5 reels. The base game has plenty to keep you occupied while waiting for the Queen’s speech to come on the box, with the Pick a Fiddle feature letting you choose between 5 fiddles to reveal a prize. There are no less than 3 bonus games – our favourite is the free spins, as you are awarded no less than 20 of them, with a 3x multiplier thrown in.
Christmas is a time for making a pig out of yourself, and in Push Gaming’s Fat Santa, you will do your best to fatten up the big man. The aim of this slot is to get Santa to gobble as many mince pies as possible, as that’s where the big wins lie. Design-wise, Fat Santa is simply stunning, with a snow-filled winter wonderland as the backdrop to the reels, and symbols including baubles, reindeers, gifts, elves and of course Santa himself. The free spins are triggered by landing both a Fat Santa symbol along with the Christmas Pie symbol, and then you will see the pie-munching saint in action, as mince pies land on the reels. Kris Kringle collects the mince pies in his belly, with each one meaning another free spin. It’s certainly a fun feature, and best of all – you can buy it for 80x your bet.
Secrets of Christmas
NetEnt’s Secrets of Christmas manages to evoke the charm and wonder of Christmas itself. We peer through a seasonally-decorated window on a snowy Christmas Eve, with the panes of glass representing the reels. The bonus round is very clever, as you first choose 3 gifts which control how many free spins, wilds, and multipliers you will use in the feature. With an RTP of 96.72% and medium to high volatility, this title has enough goodies in store for both recreational and serious slot fans alike. A warm seasonal musical score provides the finishing touch to Secrets of Christmas, making it one of the most charming slots you can play over the festive season.
Another polar bear-themed slot, Microgaming’s Santa Paws might not be as eye-catching as Polar Paws. But the actual slot action more than makes up for the lack of visual pizzazz. The base game features two wild symbols – Rudolf the red-nosed orca and Santa Paws himself – and landing 5 of a kind will see you win 1000x and 4000x your line bet respectively. The free spins round is also rather special, as each spin has a 7x multiplier attached to it. What’s more, a Bontempi-keyboard rendition of ‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas’ plays throughout this bonus round – giving Santa Paws a truly festive feel.
Ghosts of Christmas
Ghosts of Christmas slot is Playtech’s take on the classic 19th Century Dickens’ novella A Christmas Carol. The slot makes full use of plenty of characters, objects, and events from the book, with symbols like the Grim Reaper, the giant turkey, Bob Cratchit and Ebeneezer Scrooge himself, who – ironically – is the most valuable symbol in the base game. Lining up 2, 3, 4 or 5 Scrooges on a single pay line will win you 10, 200, 2000 or 10,000 coins respectively. The Marley’s Free Spins feature awards you up to 25 free spins, which all come with a 3x multiplier attached. Ghosts of Christmas will make you see the festive season in a new light, and hopefully bag you some decent wins.
Santa’s Wild Ride
If you are sat at the dinner table, searching for a low-variance Christmas slot where almost every spin is a win, then try this 243-ways-to-win title from Microgaming. Here, Santa appears to have swapped his sled and reindeer for a motorbike, delivering presents across the icy tundra. I don’t know how that would work in practice, but the slot is a fantastically entertaining experience. All the big wins are found in the free spins round, where stacked wilds, expanding wilds, trailing wilds and a 30x multiplier can potentially combine to win you 1,900,000 coins.
Fruit Shop Christmas Edition
Fruit Shop was never NetEnt’s most visually-stunning game, and neither is this Christmas edition. However, this is still a bright and breezy Christmas-themed slot which is perfect to wake you up before the Christmas pudding is served. Symbols include ice-cube wrapped versions of the traditional fruit, jack, ace, and king, while wild symbols and a 2x multiplier mean plenty of smallish wins to stop you from nodding off. Fruit Shop Christmas Edition comes with an RTP of 96.71% and has the kind of low-to-medium variance which is ideal for some cheeky slot action in between courses at the dinner table.
Another slot which is inspired by the magic of Christmas, this Play N’ Go slot has a backdrop of snow with candlelight and a 5-reel, 3-row grid which features Candy Canes, Jingle Bells, and Reindeers as symbols. All symbols reward you for 3 (or more) of a kind, while the multiplier wild can increase your winnings by up to 5x your stake. The gameplay is fairly standard, but the pick-your-own bonus feature certainly livens things up. Although I personally missed the free spins, this Play N’ Go slot is charming in a Hallmark-movie kind of way. Will you still be playing it on Boxing Day? Probably not. But on Christmas itself, this is well worth a few spins.
Microgaming certainly seems to love Christmas, as this is yet another festive slot from the casino games developer – and this time they tackle Charles Dickens’ most famous character. Scrooge slot really goes all out to evoke the ghostly spirits of Christmases past, present, and yet-to-come, and the characters are beautifully drawn in the comic-book style, while a spooky soundtrack plays in the background. In the base game, 5 of a kind of any character will bag big wins – from Tiny Tim, who wins you 200x your line bet, all the way up to Scrooge, who comes with a 600x multiplier. The free spins feature is triggered in an incredibly clever way. You collect calendar entries which countdown to Christmas Day, and on the 25th – the free spins begin. I love slots which take a thoughtful approach to their bonus features, and Scrooge delivers in spades!
These are our favourite festive slots to play over Christmas. Which slots will be your go-to games for a quick escape from irritating relatives? Let us know in the slot forum so we have as many options as possible.