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The Sims 3 Seasons: Winter

Winter Festival, Tickets, Snow and Staying Warm

The Sims 3 Seasons Expansion Pack
The Sims 3 Seasons - a Blizzard in Town
Union Cove, our Forum's town in Winter. Click to enlarge.

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.

A Sim is Freezing to death in The Sims 3 Season - a Hair Dryer to the rescue
Thaw freezing Sims with a Click to Save Their Lives.

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.

Christmas lights on a house in The Sims 3 Seasons
Hang Holiday Lights to Celebrate the Winter Season

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.

Ice Skating in Sims 3 Seasons' Winter
Ice Skating is a Great Way to Earn Festival Tickets

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.

Gift-Giving Parties
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.

Snowboarding in The Sims 3
Seasons Brings Snowboarding to The Sims 3

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.

Ice Skating
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.

Making Snowmen
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:

Sims 3 Seasons Snowmen - Common, Hockey, Tragic Clown, Evil, Alien and Grim Reaper Snowman
Common, Hockey, Tragic Clown, Evil, Alien, and Grim Reaper Snowmen
  • 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.

Snowball Fights
Sims can have snowball fights, which is a hidden skill that carries over to Water Balloon Fights.

A Gift Giving Party - You Might Keep Them for Yourself

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.

Snow Angels
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.

Comments (95)

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Claire says...
I finally found the Christmas tree again-they do still offer it. Go to The Store: Home>Sets>Holidays & Gifts>Happy Holiday Presents>More Holiday Presents.
They have a Christmas Tree, an inflatable lawn snowglobe, a Pope/Santa Costume, a Kwanza painting and floating Hanukkah candles. It is free.
28th December 2012 2:34am
rj says...
I just wanted to tell Carl thanks for this website, you always ha e all the answers I'm looking for. You rock Carl!
18th November 2012 9:13pm
Emma says...
Hi, I am trying to get all the colours of the ghosts (without creating them in CAS)but my sim won't freeze to death he has been frozen for over a day now and i don't know why he hasn't died or when he is going to. can anyone help me?
19th March 2013 5:37pm
Jessica says...
so my sim is stuck on the couch and it say get gift because i just had a gift giving party and i cant gether to do anything else HELP ME PLEASE
9th March 2014 1:51am
Simmylala says...
Hold Shift, Control and then press C. It should come up with a blue bar at the top of the screen. Type in: ResetSim (Firstname) (Lastname). For example: ResetSim Jenny Smith. Your Sim should be off the couch. Hopefully this helped :)
9th July 2014 11:07pm
Bonabopn says...
Snowflake day is not always on the last thursday. It is held a few days (about three) before the end of the season. If you change the length of the current season shortly before hand, the red circle in the job menu will move. I purposefully manipulated the season lengths in my own game so that the holidays will always fall on a saturday.
1st March 2013 5:04pm
Ellie says...
how can u stop getting ill and getting the flu like my sims have please help me someone
22nd February 2013 4:58pm
Simmylala says...
If your Sim has the fly, stay warm (I suggest your Sim should buy a fireplace) and stay in bed. The flu lasts for 2 Sim days.

If your Sim has work, ring up 2 hours before they go to work to "Call in Sick".

If you have no patience, then go to the hospital to "Get a Flu Shot" for $200, and no more nasty germs for the rest of the year!!

Hopefully this helped :)
9th July 2014 10:44pm
Jamie says...
How do I get my Sim to freeze? I had her outside in the snow wearing her swimsuit for a whole night. And nothing. Help?
16th December 2013 12:37am
Cheryl S. says...
I noticed that if you have a basement that is done using the building on a slope method (, you will end up with snow in the basement!
27th December 2012 6:33pm
Kendra says...
I have a sim that is a gardener , will their garden freeze or be covered? Or does the winter season still allow sims to continue harvesting their gardens for work?
20th February 2013 1:18am
Mariea says...
The plants will go into a dormit stage. Mine are in that now.
1st June 2014 10:47pm
Rheanna says...
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.
They're fine outdoors, as far as I know.
21st January 2013 8:43pm
sarah says...
everytime I try to ice skate, my sim doesn't have the skates, so it just runs....what do I do? I've looked to buy ice skates (like you buy the snowboard) but I couldn't find them ANYWHERE. please help?
13th January 2013 11:42pm
paige says...
Ice skates (like roller skates) aren't supposed to be bought. Maybe you have a mod conflicting?
25th January 2013 2:06am
Amanda says...
When I click on my ice-skating rink, I do not get the option to spin with another sim even though they have a high skill. Does it make a difference if it is a small rink versus a large rink?
1st January 2013 7:56pm
Sarah says...
My acrobat sim has to perform her acrobat gig every Monday at Performance Park and how will she perform it when it is winter?
29th December 2012 11:49pm
Jamie M says...
How do you hang Christmas lights on your house. My sims want to but i dont know how. Please help!!
28th December 2012 2:13am
Michele Talbot says...
In sims 3 seasons I'm having trouble with snowmen building. When I get my sim to build a snowman a sigh pops up in the corner & basically says cant build a snowman & something about flat space & even when I flatten the lot it still happens & the snow is deep enough. Just wanted to know if you had any ideas of what it might be.
31st December 2012 12:38am
M says...
Sometimes there isn't enough room on the lot, although it may not look like it they need lots of room.
24th July 2014 10:17am
lily says...
I have a small dog and he got stuck in the snow and when the snow melted, he remained frozen, he was not dead or alive, I tried everything but nothing has worked
30th March 2013 7:39am
Andrea says...
Can't wait for my birthday!!! Just two more months!
21st July 2014 12:55pm
mandy w says...
I used the code to set the temp. How do I unset it?
11th April 2014 12:29am
Sim Lover says...
I need help. Each of my seasons are 3 sim days long. I made 5 snowmen in the winter, but they are still there in the summer when it says that it is 90 degrees farenhiet! Why does it do that?
(I am sorry if I spelled something wrong I live in a non-english speaking contry in Europe)
16th January 2014 3:13pm
Simmylala says...
This never happened to me before, it must be some sort of glitch. The snowmen should've melted when it gets hot.

Are the snowmen on your Sim's house lot? If so, go into build/buy mode and delete them. This should work. If not, then I'm not sure... It's never happened to me before.
9th July 2014 10:48pm
FutureVet says...
I heard that you can give your sims the flu or a cold. How can I do that without my sim dying? What seasons do the illnesses appear? Are they deadly?
1st January 2014 6:08pm
Simmylala says...
Yes, Sims can get the flu or get an allergic reaction to flowers. Sims can get the flu anytime of the year if it's cold, and Sims get allergies in spring time from the pollen from flowers. You can go to the hospital to get "Flu Shot" or "Allergy Shot" for $200, which prevents getting your Sim sick for a certain amount of time. If you've got Pets expansion pack installed as well as Seasons, then yes, pets can get the flu or allergies from flowers, but they can't go to the hospital like their owners can. They must stay inside for 2 Sim days if they are a cat or dog. Horses stay in their stables, but minor pets won't get ill. The illnesses aren't deadly; they're safe, but your Sim is contagious, so if your Sim has work, call up 2 Sim hours before you go to work and "Call in Sick".
You're Sim won't die from an illness.

Hopefully this helped :)
9th July 2014 11:02pm
M says...
Also kids will sometimes be asked to stay home by the teacher if they are contagious, another way to cheat school!
24th July 2014 10:20am
meg says...
My winter festival hasn't started and my fall and summer ones haven't worked either. I own the park in fact I just bought it. Can anyone tell me if they have to start their festival or if it just happens for them?
28th December 2013 2:28pm
Terri says...
Not sure but having a death flower in your inventory might help you discover the grim reaper snowman. It was the first one my sim unlocked after the first few classic ones. Not discovered any of the other yet.
(She didn't have any of the other helpers)
18th November 2012 5:51pm
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