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Weather Guide, Seasonal Info and New Features in the Seasons EP

The Sims 3 Seasons Expansion Pack
The Sims 3 Seasons: Logo
The Sims 3 Seasons Loading Screen and Logo

The Sims 3 Seasons was a highly anticipated Expansion Pack, as Simmers have long been waiting to experience The Sims 3 in a more realistic world. Seasons has delivered with wonderful weather and seasonal effects that add depth and beauty to any town EA has created. This guide to Seasons will cover the new Weather system, the Seasons themselves, the new life state: Aliens and game features like the new Attraction system.

Controlling Weather and Sims 3's Seasons: Options and Cheats
The Sims 3 Seasons offers new weather settings in the game options menu. This lets you set what Seasons can come up, how long they are, and the weather that can appear during gameplay. EA has finally separated the options for game files, so you can have one town set up this way, and another differently so that you do not have to constantly tinker settings between your various save files. A great feature for people who share their game with another household member.

Seasons also comes with a new cheat. When using the testingcheatsenabled true cheat, you can shift-click the ground to get a new Seasons cheats menu. There, you can change the current Season, weather and set the temperature on the fly.

Weather in Seasons

All Weather and Seasonal Screenshots on this Guide can be Clicked to View them Full Size

Weather is dependent on the temperature, less so than the current Season, much as it is in the real world. It can snow in the Fall or Spring when temperatures drop, but is unlikely to snow in Summer when they're high. Simple.

You can check the weather on the computer, the new weather channel on TV, or simply read it in the daily newspaper. These forecasts are not 100% accurate, again like real life. The temperature can be off by as much as 5 degrees either higher or lower. Also, it must rain or snow for more than two hours on a day for it to appear in the forecast. Here's a rundown on the types of weather you can see in The Sims 3 Seasons:

The Sims 3 Seasons: Weather - Sunny
Weather - Sunny Day in The Sims 3 Seasons

Sunny Days
Of course, Sunny days are a part of Weather. We're all quite used to seeing The Sims 3 with normal Sunlight, but now we have additonal effects. Sims can now get a tan or sunburn from sitting out in the sun while wearing Swimwear. They can also get uncomfortably hot, to the point of bursting into flame and dying. Higher temperatures play a role in how fast they'll burn. If a Sim wants to go to the beach and not get burned, they can use the new Sun Parasol. This will keep their temperature down as well. The simplest way to beat the heat is to head indoors as all buildings are climate-controlled. To see more about heat, read the guide to Summer.

The Sims 3 Seasons: Weather - Rain
Weather - Rain in The Sims 3 Seasons

Rain gets Sims a soaked moodlet, at least those without an Umbrella. Umbrellas can be bought under Outdoor Activities in Buy Mode's Outdoors tab. Rain realistically puts out fires and is supposed to water plants in the garden but some players report problems with this. There is a 50% chance that a rainbow will appear after rainfall during the daytime.

The Sims 3 Seasons: Weather - Lightning
The Sims 3 Seasons: Weather - Lightning 2
Weather - Lightning in The Sims 3 Seasons

Lightning is caused by rain and appears at Moderate rainfalls. This level of rain will only cause distant lightning, which cannot strike lots in the game world. Heavy rain causes lightning that can strike lots and even Sims, possibly killing. Sims are only supposed to get struck by lightning if outside with an umbrella. Lightning strikes every 15-45 minutes. Lucky Sims are 75% less likely to be struck by lightning, while the Unlucky are 75% more likely to be struck. Thankfully, the Unlucky Sim's trait should kick in and spare them with the Reaper.

The Sims 3 Seasons: Weather - Snow
Weather - Snow in The Sims 3 Seasons

Snow accumulates over time and can allow activities like making Snow Angels and Snowball Fights. It's also a ripe time of year for Snowboarding and building Snowmen. The cold weather that brings snow can kill Sims who are exposed, so wear the new Outerwear clothing option when outdoors. Sims should automatically change. Sims get colder over time and will eventually get a Frostbite, then freeze solid. To learn more about battling cold weather, read the Winter guide.

Wind, Hail, and Fog
Wind can appear any time, and will activate certain objects like flags to blow. Hail can appear during storms but doesn't last long and doesn't damage your property. Fog effects can roll in and reduce visibility in the world.

Getting Sick and Allergies
The cold weather can cause Sims to get ill, which brings a negative moodlet and makes them contagious. Doing things like bobbing for apples and kissing can get another Sim sick. The negative moodlet there isn't too bad. Similarly, Sims can get allergies during Spring and other seasons when picking Wildflowers. An Allergy shot at the hospital will clear up the ailment and let your Sim carry on with their life.

Sims 3 Supernatural Cross-Feature: The Weather Stone
If you own both The Sims 3 Seasons and The Sims 3 Supernatural Expansion Pack, you can use a new feature called the Weather Stone. Fairies can use the Weather Stone to to bring a reviving rain that will water plants, fertilize them and take care of any weeding that needs to be done. Vampires can use it to conjuer an Eclipsing Fog that will guarantee they can drink from or turn Sims. Werewolves summon a Snow of collectibles that also helps them find more rare items. Use this then go hunting! Lastly, Witches can make a rain that makes the whole town go nuts and dance outside while in a great mood.

Season Information

Festivals and Festival Lots
Each Season in this Expansion has a Festival. EA also took the time to update all towns with the new Seasons content instead of offering a whole new town this time. That is an appreciable effort on their part, as it will save a lot of trips to Edit Town for Simmers. These festival lots all offer activities that earn tickets for participating, which can be exchanged for prizes at a concession stand. There is a gnome for each season that can be had for 500 tickets. Each Festival Lot also has a photo booth where Sims can make a Greeting Card by taking pictures together. During the end of each Season there is a holiday, which gives Sims a +10 mood boost all day as well as a free day from work or school. To learn more about the new festivals in The Sims 3 Seasons, as well as the activities of each, follow the links to the individual Season guides below.

The Sims 3 Seasons: Spring
Union Cove in Spring

Spring renews the trees, thaws frozen rivers and ponds allowing fishing to begin anew and brings Wildflowers into the world. These new collectibles can spawn any time the temperature is right, but they start here. The Spring Holiday is Love Day, and all festivities here resemble Valentine's Day, save the Egg Hunt. Sims are likely to get love letters and gifts at this time of year. New features include the kissing booth, love tester machine, horseshoes, Spring Dance King/Queen and the Rollerskating rink.

The Sims 3 Seasons: Summer
UC in Summer

Summer cranks up the heat and features many sunny days, though heavy rain and hail are possible. This Season's holiday is Leisure Day. Sims will enjoy the new swimming options: ocean swimming, along with diving boards. The festival features a tanning booth, but as mentioned before Sims can get a tan from the sun. There's a hot dog eating contest stand which can earn tickets, and a skating rink just like Spring. Engage another Sim in a waterballoon fight to learn this new hidden skill, which also helps with snowball fights in Winter. Sims can also have Soccer shootouts which raise Athletic skill and can earn them big tickets for the Festival.

The Sims 3 Seasons: Fall
UC in Fall

Leaves will fall off decidious trees in Fall and accumulate in the yard. There they can be raked, and Sims can play in leaf piles or even Woohoo in them. The Holiday here is Spooky Day, which is obviously like Halloween. Sims can trick-or-treat, and of course wear costumes and throw costume parties. At the festival, they can bob for apples, participate in a pie eating contest, or visit the haunted house for a scare and some Festival Prize Tickets.

The Sims 3 Seasons: Winter
UC in Winter

Winter brings snow, sometimes heavy and several activities that take advantage of this. Lakes and rivers can freeze over, allowing Sims to ice skate, but no fish can be caught in those conditions. Snow angels can be made, a variety of Snowmen built and Sims can have snowball fights and improve a hidden skill. Winter is a time to give gifts, and this is helped with the new Gift Giving party. The winter Holiday is Snowflake Day and all Sims can enjoy the free day off. Kids may even have snow days. Feast Parties can be thrown to share a big meal and time with family and friends. There is no Christmas Tree but sometimes EA offers one free for download around the Holidays so keep an eye out!

Other New Expansion Pack Features

Aliens in The Sims 3 Seasons
Aliens come with The Sims 3 Seasons Expansion Pack

Aliens are the new life state offered with The Sims 3 Seasons Expansion Pack. These otherworldly beings have several telepathic powers, being able to read Sims' traits and transmute items with their minds. Their energy motive is replaced with Brain Power, which can be replenished by meditating or eating Space Rocks. Aliens can abduct Sims and take them aboard their UFO, which can cause Male Sims to get pregnant with Alien Babies. Click the link to learn more about Aliens and getting them to visit your lot and abduct your Sims. You may even befriend these visitors and ask them to join your household - they bring along the cool car and are skilled in logic/handiness.

Seasons Romance: Online Dating, Love Letters and Attraction
Sims can find a date using the new Online Dating system, which lets Sims lie about themselves. Married Sims may even be spotted in online dating. You can make a profile with the computer and shop potential dates.

Seasons brings the Attraction system, which can make Sims randomly send letters, phone calls to say they're attracted, and provide Sims with gifts. Again, there is little regard to a Sim's relationship status and this may cause offerings your Sim doesn't want. On the bright side of romance, Sims can now slow dance, kiss under the mistletoe and woohoo in Winter's Igloo and Fall's Leaf Piles. To learn more about the Attraction system and the romantic holiday, Love Day, see Spring.

New Lifetime Rewards and Traits
Only two new traits are available here: loves the heat/cold, but there are eight new Lifetime Rewards in Seasons. These include a couple that improve Sims' performance at activities: Festival Frequenter raises ticket rewards at Festivals, Comeptitive Eater helps with pie/hot dog eating contests, and All-Weather Champion will make Sims better at water balloon/snowball fights, building snowmen and igloos, and be better at skating. There are immune to heat/cold that will protect a Sim from negative effects of extreme weather, one that prevents illness, and two which control the Weather.

The Sims 3 Seasons does not include any new careers safe a part-time job for Aliens, and no new Lifetime Wishes.

New Ways to Die
Sims can be struck by lightning, freeze to death, or spontaneously combust from the heat. Read the season guides for more detailed information.

With all these seasonal treats, Cooking got the biggest new additons with a number of new recipes.

Hopefully this guide will help you decide whether The Sims 3 Seasons is right for you. Share your general tips on Seasons below:

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Cait says...
Hey Carl,
I just wanted to tell you as a gamer who's been playing the Sims they first came out your guide is the best one out there, so organized and well explained and every tip you offer actually works which is a rarity these days, thanks for the effort and care you put into your Sims guides it really shows (and helps) I like it so much I have it bookmarked! keep up the good work!
5th July 2014 6:56pm
Chonteyhey says...
I have Sims 3 Pets and I'm thinking about getting this expansion pack, but I'm worried incase puppies freeze to death, or can't move, in deep snow. Does this happen or am I just worrying too much? ~C
Animals don't freeze to death. More like they disappear from view in the snow. It's cute but can be annoying.
23rd June 2013 1:46pm
Megan says...
Don't worry, I have had puppies and kittens in the snow with seasons and it hasn't happened to me yet. Just have the puppies inside all the time and lock your doors so your puppies can't open them. Just click on the door, Lock, specify sims, add sims that you want to be able to open the door. That way your puppies won't be able to go outside.
11th September 2017 5:02am
doriismydog says...
It would be nice if someone helped me. So, I was looking through the badges on The Sims and I saw one that said something about a wedding anniversery. I looked around it and there were all of the other Seasons badges. Did the wedding anniversary come with Seasons? Or was it misplaced and supposed to be put with the Generations badges?
I'm not sure when it came, but its possible it did come with Seasons. That added mechanics to form a year, such as getting married in winter and having another winter come up.
18th May 2014 1:54pm
My Cat says...
I was thinking, if you have an alien in the household will the male or female sim get pregnant?
Alien abduction is the only way a male can get pregnant.
19th July 2013 5:38pm
Simnesia says...
Hey, I have a question: What expanshion pack's do this go well with? I wan't a nice game with a nachural felling.
21st September 2013 1:19am
Doffitiy Doff Doff says...
I know some it goes well with:

Generations and pets =P
21st September 2013 1:40am
Omar says...
hi carl i was wundering what types of things can you at the connsession stand other than gnomes.i thought it could be cool if you can buy toys.
There are a lot of seasonal items from Season available like in Summer you can get the soccer goals, water balloon fighting arena, pool loungers.
24th July 2013 5:22pm
Wendy says...
Can anyone tell me how to buy Christmas gifts for kids in Seasons?
27th December 2013 1:47pm
Me says...
u can't buy them, they automatically get them if u throw a gift giving party in winter.
3rd June 2014 8:30am
Veronika says...
Heey Carl,
I love your site and find it super helpful, but I have one question. So I installed seasons on my computer and it didn't automatically update my town with a festival ground. And when I went to edit town there were a lot of festival grounds but none of them were like the one you booths, skating, horseshoe game, etc. What should I do ?
A festival will eventually start once you have a festival lot. They are tied to the seasons and run for a while, though there's a bit of downtime in between when the park is normal.
20th December 2013 10:02am
Sherindra2014 says...
I am hoping this post answered the question I was going to ask. My game {with Seasons} locked up and when I rebooted the Festival grounds are gone. Could this be the downtime you mentioned or am I in trouble? If I need to reinstall the fairgrounds I am pickled as I am about an oaf when it comes to software.
And thanks Carl, this site has been invaluable to me and my daughters who are co-addicts of Sims3. We really appreciate the work you put in here. BUT boy I wish the captcha was a bit larger type. Hard for us old ladies to read. LOL
21st June 2014 10:23pm
Tiffany says...
To get an unlimited amount of festival tickets, have your Sim win a few tickets, then go to their inventory. Click on the festival tickets and drop them back into their inventory (You can just move your cursor a bit and then drop them). This doubles the amount of tickets you have. If you wish to sell your tickets, they're worth quite a lot..
27th July 2013 8:12pm
chelsey watson says...
thank you for telling me
27th July 2014 2:54am
Kasey says...
Hi Carl,
I only just got my sims base game recently and have 1 expansion pack (genrations). If I got seasons or any other expansion pack could I do say anything I could (lifetime wishes, ltrs, actions ect.) in the first expansion pack in the second expansion pack I get without using that disc? Thankyou of you reply I love your guide!
Yes, all Expansions add on to the game and you only use the most current disc to play. That's what makes this game great, adding on to the gameplay and getting to enjoy all the features in one neat package.
31st May 2013 8:41pm
CocoaPuppie says...
I would really like to know... where is the kissing booth? I can't find it in the whole inventory of build mode, nor buydebug, and I THINK you might have to earn a kissing booth, but I can't find it anywhere, if you know where it is, please tell me exactly where, so as the love tester, thanks!
They're both under community objects only I think like the registers.
5th August 2013 10:28pm
Gabe says...
I went into the haunted house and my sim came out as a ghost. wtf? how do I change her back to human????
It's just a moodlet.  Look under her moodlets to find the appropriate one.  You can remove it by turning on testingcheats and then shift+clicking it off or you can wait the three hours until it goes away.
13th June 2013 2:12pm
Deja says...
I wanted to know when will they be putting sims 3 seasons expansion pack on ps3
22nd April 2014 1:07am
MissKoolBeanz says...
If I Have Sims 3 Pets Would I Be Able To Use The Seasons Expansion? Or Do I Need Plain Sims 3 ?
18th December 2013 5:28pm
you're welcome says...
Well, if you don't have the base game, you won't be able to use any expansion packs.
8th August 2014 1:24am
catie says...
I love the sims 3 great tips I was wondering can u have more than 3 babies
Not at one time. I heard it's possible with mods but the regular game won't allow it.
4th July 2013 2:11pm
Jared H says...
So far the best thing about Seasons is that I can uninstall it. Thanks for making such an informative guide and keeping it up to date! (I played with the expansion, then read a *bunch* of forum posts and many of these comments...and was glad I could uninstall.) Thanks again!
10th August 2014 7:09pm
Anonymous says...
I'm thinking about buying Seasons, but I was wondering, how often do the aliens appear? Can you turn that function off?

I wouldn't mind it if my sims saw a UFO flying past every now and then, but I'd rather not have them visited by aliens. Is there anything that can be done about that?
16th August 2014 8:32am
R says...
I’m pretty sure you can turn off the function of aliens in the game settings, but even if you can’t, aliens rarely show up in the game (at least in my game) and if your male gets pregnant, you have the option of giving it up and it’ll be as if it never happened.
1st April 2018 7:42pm
Maria Wiebe says...
Can alien sims die? Can I kill them like any other sim? I befriended one and moved him into my household but he's 117 sim days old but hasn't died?? My sim life is only 64 days. TIA!
5th July 2017 5:16pm
Playalot says...
Yes aliens can die due to old age.
5th July 2017 11:04pm
anonymus says...
hy I just want to say that this is THE BEST guide I've seen so far because it's very organized and you don't mention other stuff from other expansions packs and I love that very much
5th December 2015 2:31pm
anirash says...
installed seasons, pets, future, university, but seasons wont show..... i already had seasons in stalled but i uninstalled the game and re-installed as the game was constantly crashing... re-installed all over again and now season wont show highlighted ...i tried uninstalling and re-installing..same thing..try uninstalling again but now it wont uninstall.... the others are there ..but seasons just wont show highlighted..wat do i do??
17th April 2014 10:22am
k8 says...
Hello im having the same issue with seasons expansion not working i wish someone would tell us what to do to fix it
11th October 2015 5:01am
Marigold says...
If you have pets and seasons, do you get/need horse rugs?
15th November 2013 3:55pm
markidumz says...
what to do and how to fix my sims 3 expansion pack, it will freeze and stop in the loading screen of my sims 3 expansion pack. .
10th August 2014 8:22am
chelsey says...
i love playing on sims im soon going to get sims 4
27th July 2014 2:44am
Rebecca says...
I love your website and guides, but I was confused by the very end of this article, the part about cooking. It says that "Cooking got the biggest new additions with a number of new recipes." But when I was looking for the new recipes from Seasons, it turned out that there was apparently only one new recipe, which is the Pumpkin Pie. So is the end section of this guide just a typo, or have new recipes been added that I don't know about? If there really is only one new recipe then you should probably take out that sentence I quoted, so people don't get confused like I did =]
And again, I love your guide; thanks so much for making it. And I can't wait to read your new guides for the upcoming Sims 4!
28th January 2014 3:44pm
YukiKristina14 says...
Hi I was wondering is it possible to install pets, supernatural,seasons, and university together on the same computer?
19th October 2015 1:18am
Jeannita says...
okay something wired happened my sims play hoarse shoes game everything going fine but she stop playing and little icon say for her move out way nothing happens i tired move her to dance floor where her bf is she don't move? everything else is working just her not doing anything just stand there..
13th June 2014 12:15am
Taylia says...
Hi, so I have the base game, late night and university on my laptop currently and I have tried downloading seasons but the installation screen won't come up and the same happened with world adventures. It almost seems as if the disc won't be registered. Help?
6th December 2015 4:49pm
Jess says...
Hi Carl, I love your website but I just have one question. I downloaded seasons but I don't have the loading screen. My loading screen is stuck at island paradise no matter what new expansion pack I add or have in my computer. Is there a way to fix this or do you know why it is happening? Thank you!
28th May 2018 1:39pm
Playalot says...
The loading screen will show the most recent pack in the order they were officially released:
29th May 2018 5:45pm
sarahB says...
I was just wondering. If I don't have the expansion pack for The Sims 3 Season, will I still be able to get weather? Sometimes they update the game via patches and I was just wondering if they had done that with weather?
16th September 2015 9:49am
Iris says...
There is no weather unless you get seasons.

6th July 2017 1:03pm
Meowdoleon says...
My sim was gardening under a heavy rain, then was struck by lightning in the middle of the tend garden action. My sim doesn't have any umbrella.
13th July 2018 6:38am
Jjkkaa says...
Hi Carl,
First off, I love this website! It's so helpful and without it I would be so lost in the world of Sims. I most recently got the sims 3 base and then also to expansion packs, Late Night, and Island Paradise and then a stuff pack, I can't remember the name. Anyway I LOVE my new expansion pack Island Paradise but I'm wondering if I got the Seasons expansion pack would it not be compatible with the Island expansion pack because of the cold of the seasons doesn't mix with the island summer thing. So basically I'm asking if all expansion packs are compatable or not. Thanks so much!
18th August 2015 12:11am
Domenica says...
i had a Christmas party or a gift giving party it says my room was not big so i could not give it change to a house party..
13th August 2015 4:46pm
Domenica says...
i had a Christmas party or a gift giving party it says my room was not big so i could not give it change to a house party..
13th August 2015 4:40pm
chelsey watson says...
i find it hard trying to find the round carpet with presents on it do you know were it is. ive forgotten where it is and how do you make the children go trick or treating it wont let me take them it really bugs me
27th July 2014 2:51am
brynne says...
so i have island paradise installed as well and i just insatalled seasons yet when i click on it, it says that i need to have island paradise cd and it won't let me play seasons. please help!
21st June 2014 11:02pm
Milla says...
You put in the most recent cd - the one that the game asks for - and you get to play all the expansions you've installed.
1st July 2014 4:38am
Super Awesome Cat says...
Hey! Recently I got the game and the Late Nights expansion pack. Would other expansion packs work along with Late Nights?
p.s. I have the version that you download to the computer instead of using discs.
14th June 2014 11:21am
Chase says...
I have Seasons, Nightlife, High-End Loft Stuff, and Supernatural and none of those probably go good together so any tips?
8th August 2017 7:29pm
Playalot says...
On what? Depends what you want to do!
8th August 2017 8:49pm
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