It’s time to deck the halls and enjoy some festive fun in Happy Holidays, a 5 reel, 243 ways to win video slot from Microgaming. Celebrating all things Christmassy look out for the free spins feature and the Frosty feature which awards cash prizes on even non-winning spins. Stakes range from between 30p and £30 per spin.

Everybody likes a treat at Christmas and Happy Holidays delivers two of them in the form of a pair of special bonus features. First is the Frosty feature which is activated at random in the base game on any unsuccessful spin. The feature will award a cash payout for all high value symbols. Even better is if there is a scatter symbol (the golden bauble) on show when the Frosty feature hits as it will also trigger the free spins round.

The Free Spins feature, which can also be triggered when you find 3, 4 or 5 scatters symbols anywhere on the reels, will give you 10 free spins on a new set of reels. The new game set doesn’t just look different, it is different too, changing from 243 ways to win up to 1,024 ways to win to offer even more winning opportunities.

Keep a special eye out for the snowman symbol during the feature as he can transform into any other high value symbol and create or improve winning paylines. The only downside here is that the free spins cannot be re-triggered.

Visually, Happy Holidays is very nicely put together – the reels are set against a snowy household scene and feature symbols that include, Christmas cookies, siblings on a sledge, children opening presents, a Christmas tree, Santa, a stocking and a big, juicy looking turkey. There is no playing card filler on show here.

It all gives off a feeling of homeliness and should get you in the mood for the big day – the backing track matches that theme and features a selection of classic festive tunes as well as chiming bells and cheers of celebration.

In terms of variance, Happy Holidays is in the medium range, offering something for both casual players who fancy a festive flutter as well as more experienced jackpot hunters.

Microgaming has brought together some lovely visuals and combined it with a pair of decent features. It just stays on the right side of schmaltzy but if you get lucky with the free spins and trigger a max payout of 2,933 times your stake, then who’s complaining? I’d also recommend Play ‘N Go’s Merry Xmas if you’re after that festive feeling.