The Sims 3 Seasons: Winter
Winter Festival, Tickets, Snow and Staying Warm
The Sims 3 Seasons' Winter is a beautiful time of year, with the new weather system coating the world in a blanket of white snow. Winter weather itself offers several new activities Sims can take part in, a Winter Festival, and the cold temperatures outside present the need to stay warm. This guide to Winter will cover all the new features of the Season and how you might avoid your Sim Freezing to Death in the cold.
Weathering the Cold
Sims need to dress in an outfit from the new clothing category, Outerwear, in order to stay warm when outdoors on a Winter day. They'll automatically change into this type of clothes on cold days most of the time. Otherwise, click the Sim and change outfit. Sims might never freeze when wearing their Outerwear, although unnaturally cold temperatures could do it. Regardless, the only way you're likely to see this is if you deliberately have a Sim outside in any other type of clothing.
You'll get a temperature-dependent amount of time before feeling cold starts and the Teeth Chattering moodlet begins. At that point, you've got a -10 moodlet and a fair warning to seek the warmth of a building or switch to outerwear to immediately raise your Sim's body temperature. If you do not do this, a Sim will get the Frostbitten moodlet, turn blue, and inevitably freeze solid. If another Sim cannot be used to select them and Thaw Out, the frozen Sim will freeze to death.
Snow provides a lot of entertainment to Sims, so dressing properly will allow them to enjoy it. Heavy snow may even lead to school cancellations for kids, so they can play outside and partake in Winter activities.
Holiday Decorations - Mistletoe and Lights
Just as we might for Christmas or other Holidays, Sims can decorate their homes with Holiday lights. Simply click the front door and you can choose between two styles, along with a color. These lights will automatically be strung around the roof of the house.
Mistletoe is another option. Find this plant under Buy Mode's sort by function - Decor > Miscellaneous Decor. Clicking this will allow a Sim to ask for a kiss of another under the Mistletoe. Success here leads to a 4 hour +20 moodlet.
Winter Festival and Snowflake Day
There is a Winter festival in town, which gives Sims an opportunity to enjoy some seasonal activities. The big park in town is usually converted to the festival lot within a couple days after the start of a new Season. There are two activities Sims can do at the Festival to earn tickets, which can be exchanged at the concession stand to buy seasonal items: snowboarding and ice skating. Doing either will earn your Sim five tickets.
Snowflake Day is held the last Thursday of the Winter Season. On this day, all Sims will be friendlier to one another and get a +10 moodlet for the duration. Everyone also gets a day off from school or work.
Use the phone to access this new type of party. Your household will automatically get a pile of presents as the festivities begin. You can either call Sims to open presents, or they'll open them automatically 2 hours after the start of the party. Sims gather round and go through getting their present, some will be happier than others. You can also send Sims home early after the presents have accumulated, to keep them all for your household. Other Sims won't like this much, but you won't make instant enemies.
At the Winter festival, Sims can use the Snowboard half-pipe to get better at this new hidden skill, which has three levels and makes Sims do tricks and fall off the snowboard less often. Doing so earns five festival tickets, as well. You can buy your own half-pipe using holiday tickets at the festival's concession stand.
Another hidden skill is Skating, which translates to both ice and roller skating. Sims can skate on the rink at the Winter Festival or any lake that gets iced over in the cold weather. Doing so at the festival will earn your Sim tickets. Clicking the rink while skating lets you have your Sim skate backward if they're skilled enough, or spin with another Sim which usually results in a fall if the skaters aren't well-practiced.
Sims can work alone or in pairs to make snowmen when there is enough snow on the ground. There is a 50% chance of learning a new Snowman type when making one. Traits and certain other attributes determine what Snowmen your Sim can learn to make. Here is a picture of all six types, with a list of traits to unlock them:
- Common Snowman - All Sims can learn to make this type of Snowman.
- Hockey Snowman - Athletic, Loves the Outdoors, or having an ice skating rink on the lot.
- Tragic Clown Snowman - Having a low mood of -40 or lower, or the Grumpy or Hates the Outdoors traits
- Evil Snowman - Daredevil, Evil, Mean-spirited and Pyromaniac (hidden trait)
- Alien Snowman - Insane, Computer Whiz - Aliens can make them as well.
- Grim Reaper Snowman - Unlucky, Evil, having tombs or urns on the lot, or having a part-time job at the Mausoleum will unlock the Grim Reaper Snowman.
Sims can have snowball fights, which is a hidden skill that carries over to Water Balloon Fights.
Sims can work alone or in pairs to make Igloos. They can go inside and sleep, but expect the possibility of a bad night's sleep while lying on hard ice. Sims can also woohoo in the Igloo.
Click the ground to select the Make Snow Angel interaction. Insane, Absent-minded and Clumsy Sims may make them face down. Just like Snowmen, Sims who are angry with another may destroy their creations out of spite.
Polar Bear Club
One interesting little moodlet can be acquired by swimming in cold water during Winter. Do so, and your Sim will get the Polar Bear Club +15 6 hour moodlet for their refreshing dip.
They have a Christmas Tree, an inflatable lawn snowglobe, a Pope/Santa Costume, a Kwanza painting and floating Hanukkah candles. It is free.
I love your guide it has rally been a big help to me. I was wondering if your pets can freeze to death during winter. This is because I have horses and I have no way for them to come inside. I put a lot of work into them and do not want them to freeze to death.
(sorry for any spelling or grammatic mistakes, i'm Dutch :))
(I am sorry if I spelled something wrong I live in a non-english speaking contry in Europe)
You're Sim won't die from an illness.Hopefully this helped :)
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