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Not to be confused with Festival.

Holidays are a feature in The Sims 3: Seasons and The Sims 4: Seasons. The holidays differ in both games, and are allusions to real life holidays that are celebrated in their corresponding seasons.

The Sims 3: SeasonsEdit

The Sims 3: Seasons gives the player four pre-made holidays for each season. By default, the holiday land on the last Thursday of each Season, unless the player edits the amount of days of each season, in which case, the holiday will land on the last day of the season. These holidays are not editable.

The Holidays represent a northern hemisphere point of view.

Leisure DayEdit

"Leisure Day is here! Enjoy the warm weather, take a dive into a pool, or just take a stroll around the summer festival. Leisure Day is a day where you can take a break from work or school and relaaaaax."

In the summer, Sims celebrate Leisure Day. This is likely based on summer vacation in real life. All Sims will get the day off of work or school on Leisure Day, and are encouraged to go to the pool, beach, the Summer festival, or to stay at home. All Sims get a +10 moodlet for the entire duration of Leisure Day.

Spooky DayEdit

In the fall, Sims celebrate Spooky Day. This is likely based on Halloween in real life. Everyone can get into costumes, and Sims can throw a costume party or be invited to one by a friend. Children and teens can go trick-or-treating, where they will roam around the neighborhood and knock on doors. If the house's inhabitants are home, they may give the Sim a piece of candy; Sims will get a positive moodlet when they eat the candy.

Snowflake DayEdit

In the winter, Sims celebrate Snowflake Day. This is likely based on Christmas in real life. On Snowflake Day, all Sims will be friendlier to each other and get a +10 moodlet for the duration of the day. Everyone also gets a day off from school or work. Sims with a job will get their holiday bonus.

On this holiday, Sims can throw Gift-Giving parties over the phone. The household will automatically get a pile of presents as the festivities begin. Sims can be told to open the presents, or will automatically open them two hours after the start of the party. Sims gather round and go through getting their present, which is chosen at random.

Love DayEdit

In the spring, Sims celebrate Love Day. This is likely a mix of Valentine's Day and Easter in real life. While Sims are twice as likely to get love letters and gifts during the Spring in general, on Love Day, all Sims have a +10 moodlet, and are five times more likely than usual to receive love letters and gifts from Sims attracted to them. At the Spring festival, Sims can go on egg hunts, try to earn the title of Spring Dance King or Queen on the Dance Floor, get a kiss at the kissing booth, or go rollerskating.

The Sims 4: SeasonsEdit

Holidays in The Sims 4 are very customizable. They are worldwide events that repeat each year, and each come with their own set of traditions which define the way the Sims celebrate the holiday. There are multiple pre-made holidays, and players are able to create their own or edit/delete the pre-made ones. To see when a holiday takes place, players can check the calendar. Holidays begin at 6:00 am and end at 2:00 am of the next day. When the holiday ends, Sims will get a happy or sad moodlet, depending on how many traditions they completed.

Surprise holidays will occasionally pop up in Sims' calendars a few days before they occur, such as "Talk Like a Pirate Day".[1]

Pre-made holidaysEdit

Icon Name Decoration Theme Traditions Season Day Off
TS4 Love Day Holiday Love Day Love Day
  • Romantic Spirit
  • Give Flowers
  • Go on a Date
Spring No
TS4 Harvestfest Holiday Harvestfest Harvestfest
  • Decorate
  • Holiday Gnomes
  • Grand Meal
  • Thankful Spirit
Fall Yes
TS4 Winterfest Holiday Winterfest Winterfest
  • Decorate
  • Festive Spirit
  • Open Presents
  • Grand Meal
  • Father Winter
Winter Yes
TS4 New Year's Eve Holiday New Year's Eve New Year's Eve
  • Decorate
  • Party Spirit
  • Make Resolutions
  • Countdown to Midnight
Winter Yes

Surprise holidaysEdit

Surprise holidays show up in the calendar a few days before they start. They appear completely at random in any season and they never give a day off from work or school.

Icon Name Traditions Description Ignored by Loved by
Holiday TS4 Rebate Day Rebate Day Shopping Rebate All object purchases in Build Mode earn a 10% rebate for today only! Buy an object worth at least 500 Simoleons to complete this tradition.

Watch for the rebate to arrive in Household Funds later this week.

  • Toddlers
  • Children
  • Teens
Holiday TS4 Talk Like a Pirate Talk Like a Pirate Day Talk Like a Pirate Time to practice yer buccaneer lingo. Ye be encouraged to speak like a proud pirate this day.
  • Toddlers
Holiday TS4 The Lottery The Lottery Play the Lottery There's a huge lottery happening and the jackpot is too tempting to miss out on. You can't win if you don't play! The drawing occurs tomorrow morning so make sure to buy your ticket today.

Purchase a lottery ticket via the computer or phone. Limit one ticket per Sim.

  • Toddlers
  • Children
  • Teens
Holiday TS4 Prank Day Prank Day Mischief Spirit A holiday is the perfect excuse for mischievious hijinks that are in good fun. Time to work on some pranks.

To participate. Click on another Sim and select Mischief. Then select any of the Mischief options.

  • Toddlers
Holiday TS4 New Skill Day New Skill Day Skill Improvement Try out a new skill or develop an existing one!

All Sims learn skills faster today!

  • Toddlers
Holiday TS4 TV Season Premiere TV Season Premiere Watch TV premiere There's a huge premiere for a new show on TV today. Be sure to watch it soon to avoid any spoilers from other Sims.
  • Toddlers
  • Teens
Holiday TS4 Neighborhood Brawl Neighborhood Brawl Fighting Time to practice that right hook! Today is all about starting Fights with other Sims.
  • Toddlers
  • Children
  • Elders
TS4 Night on the Town Surprise Holiday Night on the Town Free Food and Drinks Local businesses want to show some customer appreciation by offering free food and drinks. It's time to get out of the house and visit a venue!
  • Toddlers
  • Children
  • Teens
  • Elders
  • None

Decoration themeEdit

Each holiday can be assigned a decoration theme, which will allow the current household to choose from appropriate decorations to place on the outside of their house, via the Attic Shack Decoration Box (which can be bought in build mode). Neighboring houses will automatically be decorated when a holiday starts, unless the theme is set to "None".

There are seven themes to choose from for a holiday (including an option for no theme):

  • None
  • Love Day
  • Harvestfest
  • New Year's Eve
  • Spring
  • Spooky
  • Winterfest

TraditionsEdit

Holidays are able to have up to 5 traditions.[2] Traditions determine how a holiday is celebrated.

Icon Tradition Description Ignored By Loved By
AirGrievances Tradition Air Grievances Direct honest feedback is harsh, and it feels oh so good to get it off your chest.

To participate, select other Sims and choose Mean socials such as Yell At.

  • Toddlers
  • Sims with the Good trait
AppreciateAnObject Tradition Appreciate an Object What is special and worthy of appreciation to you? Reflect around objects and the larger meaning behind them.

To participate, Click on an Object and select Appreciate.

  • Toddlers
Art&MusicSpirit Tradition Art & Music Spirit Make music and make art. Sing until your voice gives out or the neighbors complain.

To participate, create art by doing things like Painting, Taking Photos or Dancing. Or do musical things by Singing, Listening to Music, or Playing an Instrument.

  • Toddlers
AttendHolidayCeremony Tradition Attend Holiday Ceremony Attend a Ceremony by using the phone to travel there to complete this tradition.
  • Toddlers
  • Children
Baking Tradition Baking The smell of fresh baked treats is worth celebrating. Why not make a holiday around it?

To participate, Click on a Stove and Select Bake or Cook, then choose a baked good.

  • Toddlers
  • Children
Bar-B-Que Tradition Bar-B-Que There is nothing quite like fire grilled food. Debates on the best fuel source and sauce recipe get very heated.

To participate, Click on any Outdoor Grill and select Grill.

  • Toddlers
TS4 duster icon Cleaning A clean home is a happy home!

To participate, Clean around the home. Empty the Trash, Mop Up Puddles, and Clean Up dishes.

  • Toddlers
CountdownToMidnight Tradition Countdown To Midnight Stay up past bedtime and shout at the TV in celebration!

To participate, Watch the Countdown to Midnight on TV. The countdown will be availabe on TV's after 11:00 PM.

  • Toddlers
  • Children
  • Teens
Decorate Tradition Decorate The perfect bit of color and décor can really set the stage for any holiday.

To participate, place holiday decorations from Build Mode. Decorate the house exterior by placing and using The Attic Stack Decoration Box.

  • Toddlers
  • Children
  • Sims with the Lazy trait
Drinking Tradition Drinking Celebrate with the perfect summer lemonade, warm apple spiced nog, or any of a Mixologists wonderful creations.

To participate, drink something from a Bar, Drink Stand or Fridge.

  • Toddlers
  • Children
EggHunt Tradition Egg Hunt Colorfully painted eggs are hidden throughout your yard. Gotta collect 'em all.

To participate, Click on objects in the world and select Hunt for Egg.

  • Toddlers
  • Children
  • Sims with the Childish trait
Exercise Tradition Exercise Celebrate by taking care of yourself. Push yourself to do just a few more reps or go just a little further on your run.

To participate, do any exercise activity like Jogging, Push-ups, or Lifting Weights.

  • Toddlers
Fasting Fasting Appreciate all the good food you have by going without for a short time.

To participate, do not Eat any food for 6 hours.

  • Toddlers
  • Sims with the Good trait
Father Winter icon Father Winter On special nights of celebration, Father Winter will visit the household of festive Sims. If you are quick you can catch him bringing gifts for all good children.

To participate, place a Fireplace and a Pile of Presents in your home. Then wait for midnight.

  • Toddlers
  • Children
  • Sims with the Childish trait
FestiveLighting Tradition Festive Lighting Traditional lighting of candles is a great way to save on the electrical bill while gathering friends and family.

To participate, Click on a Holiday Tree, Menorah, or Kinara and select Light Candle.

FestiveSpirit Tradition Festive Spirit Be festive and jolly with friends and family.

To participate, use festive socials such as Lighting the Holiday Tree, Ask if Good or Bad, or Belly Laugh.

  • Toddlers
Meanstreak Fighting Time to practice that right hook! Today is all about starting Fights with other Sims.
  • Toddlers
  • Children
Fire Tradition Fire The crackling flames inspire primal celebration.

To participate, Light a Bonfire, Campfire, Fireplace, or Burn a Leaf Pile. Then interact with any of these sources of fire.

  • Toddlers
Fireworks tradition Fireworks[TS4:CL] They are booming, fiery, colorful decoration for the sky.

To participate, buy some Fireworks from the San Myshuno festival stalls and Light them.

  • Toddlers
  • Children
  • Teens
  • Sims with the Childish trait
Flower Bunny icon Flower Bunny The Flower Bunny has come to visit and spread flowery delight!

To participate, do Friendly interactions with the Flower Bunny.

  • Toddlers
  • Children
Games Tradition Games Strategy, learning, entertainment, and accomplishment all in the same activity. Great alone or with friends.

To participate, play with video games, toys, the arcade, or the chess table.

Gardening Tradition Gardening A tradition dedicated to those with a green thumb, and those working on one.

To participate, Harvest, Plant, Water, Weed, or Spray in the garden.

  • Toddlers
  • Children
GiveFlowers Tradition Give Flowers To participate, use the Purchase Gift interaction on the phone or computer to buy flowers. Then select a Sim and choose Give Gift.
  • Toddlers
GiveGifts Tradition Give Gifts Exchanging a gift is a great way to convey appreciation, humor, and romance. It even works to trick adversaries.

To participate, Buy Gifts from the Phone, Computer or Build Mode. Click on other Sims and Give Gifts. Make sure to check the mail for gifts sent to you.

  • Toddlers
  • Children
  • Sims with the Outgoing trait
Trait TS4 Romantic Go on a Date Take out that special someone, or invite out a new soon to be special someone. It’s tradition!

To participate, Click on the Phone and select Ask on Date, Choose another Sim and select a location for the date.

  • Toddlers
  • Children
GoOnAVacationOrTravel Tradition Go on a Vacation or Travel There is no place like home... which you won't know until you travel!

To participate, Click on the Phone and select Take a Vacation, or Travel to a Commercial Venue.

Grand Meal Tradition Grand Meal A most delectable feast awaits stomachs growling in anticipation. Just make sure someone else volunteers to do the dishes.

Cook a Grand Meal by clicking on the Stove or Fridge. To start the feast, select Call to Grand Meal on the completed dish.

  • Toddlers
  • Children
  • Teens
Trait TS4 Gnomes Holiday Gnomes Give respect and gifts to the friendly gnomes in the hopes of festive rewards.

To participate, find Gnomes around your lot, Click on the Gnomes and select Appease the Gnome.

  • Toddlers
InviteGuests Tradition Invite Guests Celebrate with friends, family, and random Sims you met on the street.

To participate, Click on the Phone and select Invite to Hangout at Current Lot. Then socialize with at least two of your guests once they arrive.

  • Toddlers
LightKinara Tradition Light Kinara Light the candles on the Kinara to reflect the seven principles.

To participate, Click on the Kinara and select Light Candle.

LightMenorah Tradition Light Menorah Celebrate by lighting the candles of the Menorah.

To participate, Click on the Menorah and select Light Candles.

MakeResolutions Tradition Make Resolutions Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.

To participate, Click on your Sim and select Make Resolution.

  • Toddlers
Skill TS4 Mischief Mischief Spirit A holiday is the perfect excuse for mischievous hijinks that are in good fun. Time to work on some pranks.

To participate, Click on another Sim and select Mischief. Then Select any of the Mischief options.

  • Toddlers
OpenPresents Tradition Open Presents It's better to receive than to give. Wait, reverse that!

To participate, Open a Present from any Gift Pile.

Trait TS4 Lively Neighbors Party Spirit Drink, Dance, and Play Music. The party spirit lives in us all.

To participate, use any of the various party activities. Drink, Dance, Play an Instrument, Tell Jokes, Flirt, or Sing.

  • Toddlers
Polar Bear Plunge Tradition Polar Bear Plunge Its freezing out but the water hasn't completely iced over. Perfect time for a swim.

To participate, Swim in any outside pool while it is cold outside.

  • Toddlers
Tombstone Remembrance Spend time remembering those who have passed but are never truly gone.

To participate, Click on an Urn or Gravestone and choose any of the available options. You can also meet and interact with a Ghost.

Rose Icon Romantic Spirit Spend a little extra time with the one you love or the one you are falling in love with.

To participate, do romantic socials such as Kissing, Hugging, Flirting, or if the mood strikes, WooHoo!

  • Toddlers
  • Children
  • Sims in a romantic relationship
  • Sims with the Romantic trait
TS4 Ghost Icon Spooky Spirit The midnight hours is close at hand. Ghosts, vampires and aliens are in the plan. Celebrate all that sends a shiver up the spine.

To participate, do spooky actions such as interacting with ghosts, vampires, or aliens. You can also carve pumpkins, or play spooky music on the Pipe Organ.

  • Toddlers
  • Children
  • Teens
  • Sims with the Art lover trait
SportTV Tradition Sports TV Yes, cheering louder does help your team win on TV.

To participate, Click on a TV and select Watch Sports.

  • Toddlers
Streaking Tradition Streaking Nothing is as freeing as running down the street with the wind in your, um, face.

To participate, select the Sim and then select Go Streaking.

  • Toddlers
  • Children
  • Teens
Trait TS4 Storyteller Tell Stories Gather around and tell your favorite stories. It is much more interactive than reading a book.

To participate, tell a story to another Sim. Try reading a toddler a book or telling stories around a campfire if you have one.

  • Toddlers
Clingy Thankful Spirit Spend time to reflect and be thankful - who knows what tomorrow will bring.

To participate, discuss what you can Be Thankful for with another Sim.

  • Toddlers
  • Children
TrickOrTreat tradition Trick or Treat Random masked neighborhood kids come to your door asking for food? Sounds like a great tradition.

To participate, Click on Children who have knocked on your door and select Trick or Treat!

  • Toddlers
  • Children
  • Teens
  • Sims with the Childish trait
WatchRomanticTV tradition Watch Romantic TV

A proper romantic flick can really set the mood for a romantic holiday.

To participate, Click on the TV and select Watch Romance.

  • Toddlers
  • Children
WaterFun tradition Water Fun When the weather heats up, celebrate with a little H20. It is the only Tradition that requires a swimsuit!
WearCostumes Tradition Wear Costumes A chance to dress up as a Llama or a Fairy and have everyone act like that is normal.

To participate, Click on your Sims and select Wear Costume. Then choose your costume.

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