The Sims Freeplay Charming Cottage Update [Jan 2023 – Mar 2023]

Presented by the EA Creator Network.

It’s the first update for The Sims Freeplay of 2023! Be sure to update your games when this update goes live at 9.30PM UTC Tuesday 24th January 2023.


Here’s all the info from the official blog

 “Sul Sul,

Our new whimsical, rustic aesthetic will make it feel like you’ve been transported to another time! A blend between countryside, boho and fairytale, the style is suited to living the ‘simple life’. Embrace ‘cottagecore’ in our new live event and SimChase Season 53; with practical prizes like outfits filled with florals and the antique-inspired décor that is so cozy it will turn your home into a quaint, charming cottage! More details below. 


Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, we’re continuing to celebrate the importance of representation by delivering a new face type and a Hair Hobby event that features curly and textured hairstyles for adult Sims that were suggested by our community! We’re grateful for the voices from our Black community – you continue to help us pave the way in our development.

New Face Type

Have you been enjoying the new refreshed look of elder, adult, teen and preteen life stages since our October update? We promised that we’d continue our journey of delivering more customization options, so this update we’re delivering one new face type so more of you can continue to see yourselves in The Sims FreePlay!

To explore the new face for elder, adult, teen and preteen Sims, jump into the Create A Sim menu by clicking on your preferred Sim and pressing Ultimate Makeover. It no longer costs 12 Lifestyle Points to change their DNA – we’ve kept it reduced to 2 LP for the duration of this update, to say thanks to our passionate community!

New Hair Hobby – Embrace the ‘Fro!

Last year, we released a brand-new Hair Hobby ‘Oh So Ombre’ that included a gorgeous range of incredibly detailed authentic ombre hairstyles that suit all available skin tones. In this update, we’ve created another new edition that includes more culturally diverse styles that can be worn by both male and female Sims. 

Begin the new hobby event anytime during the month of February, so make sure you’re up to level 16 and have built the ‘Promotions R Us’ store (found in front of the park, next to the pet shop) in your SimTown so you can unlock all 32 variants within the 7-day time limit!


Since February 2022, SimGuruAlana [] has been collating your feedback about the African American content you want to see more of in FreePlay. Our artists have worked hard all year round by adding dozens of player-suggested African American inspired customization options across multiple updates, to help continue diversifying the Sims in your SimTown. Plus, check out our social channels during February to see the behind the scenes of how we’ve brought YOUR ideas to life! 


The Sims 23rd Birthday

Hoople Borpna! Join in on the birthday fun with The Sims during the month of February. Don’t miss a special surprise from The Sims FreePlay in the ‘Behind The Sims’ Community stream [] on YouTube & Twitch on January 31, 9AM PST! 

‘Wedding Belles’ Live Event

We’ve heard your requests on our social channels loud and clear for this to return, so we’re giving the gift of the much loved ‘Wedding Belles’ Live Event (first ran in 2017) to you! It’s time to make your plans and bring your romantic vision to life. Have your Sims tie the knot in the ultimate wedding venue house location.

Style your entire bridal party with gorgeous bridesmaid dresses, hairstyles, wedding dresses, and tuxedos in a variety of designs and colors. Ensure your Sim’s big day is perfect with all the extras to make their day more meaningful, like flower decorations, bridal and guest tables, chandeliers, an amazing wedding cake, and more.


Architect Home Templates – EA Creator Round 

You may have seen some of the latest templates in the Architect Homes real estate tab have been created by our very own EA Creators [ ]! To party it up in style for the 23rd Birthday, VictoriaSimz, Michiiiro and SalixTheCat have created three ultimate party houses, perfect for hosting a celebration. Each is filled with iconic objects from FreePlay’s archives! You can purchase any of the templates from the Architect Homes tab for a limited time only, between 2nd – 16th February 2023.


Cottagecore Events

‘Charming Cottage’ Live Event

If you need a reason to swap the highlife for a more simpler lifestyle by moving your Sims into a cozy cottage, this is your sign! Craft resources throughout the 13-day event to unlock milestone prizes that will help you embrace the escapism of a busy city life, which include floral wallpaper, large patterned rugs, rustic paintings and an antique fireplace.

The large countryside grand prize house lot features a pet love bird on a swing, a picketed fence with landscaped front and rear gardens filled with flowers, a vineyard and greenhouse, plus cobblestone paths and exclusive rustic bedroom and living room furniture you’ve only dreamed about throughout every room! 

SimChase Season 53: Scullery Scuffle

Race against a rival Sim to beat them to the grand prize! Complete tasks to earn progress points and unlock milestone rewards along the way, including:

  • Chopping boards with brand new animations – these will apply to all chopping boards when you unlock the prize!
  • Exposed brick interior floors
  • Hanging aprons 
  • Laundry basket and ironing tables 
  • Vintage crockery cabinets
  • Washing machine and dryers 
  • Farmhouse sinks
  • Vintage oven with crochet doiley covers and more!

If you need any tips and tricks to completing a SimChase event, check out our frequently asked questions [here].


Lunar New Year

Influence Island Event – Season 33

Welcome the Year of the Rabbit! This year, the rabbit zodiac represents hope and a life for a long time. Convince Sims on Influence Island to join your clan and win the grand prize. In the latest season, unlock authentic cultural rewards that were created in collaboration with our EA Asian internal resource group! Prizes include abstract wall art, floor standing lanterns, Asian-inspired dining table and chairs, sofas and buffet tables, adult long braids hairstyles and outfits and more. Sims will also be able to gift other Sims traditional red and gold envelopes, that are generally filled with money and symbolize good wishes and luck for the year ahead.

Happy Lunar New Year! Head over to our Influence Island FAQ for all the tips and tricks here!


Events List

Bold entries are new! All events start at 7AM UTC.

Title Duration Start Date End Date
Influence Island Season 33 – Year of the Rabbit 10 days 24 Jan 7 Feb
Charming Cottage Live Event 13 days 24 Jan 10 Feb
‘Embrace the ‘Fro’ Hair Hobby  7 days  1 Feb 28 Feb
SimChase Season 53: Scullery Scuffle 9 days 8 Feb 19 Feb
Influence Island Season 34 – Scandi 3.0 10 days 10 Feb 23 Feb
Maternity Pack 33 9 days 14 Feb 5 March
Wedding Belles (2016) Live Event 13 days 19 Feb 6 March
SimChase Season 54: Clutter Cleanout 9 days 24 Feb 6 March


New Sales List 

Pack Name Contents Price (USD) Start Date End Date
Base Game Framed Images – Developer Series Ten framed images in different sizes hand drawn by the developers that work on The Sims FreePlay:

  • Women with roses
  • Butterfly
  • Koi Fish
  • Lion
  • Abstract Zebra print
  • Baby Fox

These Build Mode assets appear in the base game under the Home Store Decorations menu.

Basic Actions

  • Admire
  • Remove Dust
  • Inspired Drawing
  • Rough Sketch
1000 Simoleons each 24 JAN N/A
Contemporary Bath Accessories

Chich accessories for a luxurious bathroom.

  • Ceramic bathtub with vintage hardware
  • Vintage sink and mirror combination 
  • Fruit shaped mirrors
  • Open double shower
  • Contemporary mirror and sink combination
  • Large round double bath
$12.99 24 JAN 6 FEB
Victorian Study Furniture

Victorian style furniture for your study!

Six vintage items in 2-4 colour variants:

  • Wooden desk and chair
  • Tea table with kettle
  • Floral interior wallpaper
  • Fruit bowl
  • Wall hanging clock
$13.99 24 JAN 6 FEB
Cottagecore Outfits

Stylish cottagecore outfits for adult Sims!

Female outfit details

  • Cardigan with flower pin and knee length skirt 
  • Lace up boots with socks
  • 4 colour variants

Male outfit details

  • Suit jacket, bow tie, knit jumper and suit pants
  • Two toned smart shoes
  • Four colour variants 
$9.99 2 FEB 15 FEB
Friendship Animation Set Four brand new animations that include platonic interactions between friends:

  • Console a friend
  • Secret Handshake
  • Compliment a friend
  • Take a selfie
$9.99 7 FEB 20 FEB
Plush Living Room Furniture

Plush sofas and decor for your living room!

Five vintage items in 2 colour variants each:

  • Single seat sofa
  • Double seat sofa
  • Three seat sofa
  • Flower wall display
  • Crockery buffet display
$9.99 8 FEB 21 FEB
Trendy Children Outfits

Trendy outfits for children and toddlers.

Infant outfit details

  • Long blouse with tights and booties 
  • Available for both male and female
  • Four colour variants 

Toddler outfit details items

  • Jumpsuit with long sleeve jumper, tights and buckled shoes 
  • Available for both male and female
  • Four colour variants
$13.99 8 FEB 21 FEB
Essential Pet Supplies

Includes a new pet ragdoll cat breed! 

  • Ragdoll Breed Cat
    • Grey 
    • Brown
  • Suitcase cat bed
    • Blue
    • Cream
  • Cat bowl 
    • Silver
    • Cream
$9.99 22 FEB 7 MARCH
Women’s History Month Special

Inspiring decor for WHM!

Two exclusive artworks and wallpaper inspired by real artwork and famous women around the world, each in 4 variants. FREE 1 MARCH 31 MARCH


* All packs are live 7AM UTC




Influence Island Season 33 – Year of the Rabbit


Charming Cottage Live Event


‘Embrace the ‘Fro’ Hair Hobby


SimChase Season 53: Scullery Scuffle


Influence Island Season 34 – Scandi 3.0


Maternity Pack 33


Wedding Belles (2016) Live Event


SimChase Season 54: Clutter Cleanout


Base Game Framed Images – Developer Series


Contemporary Bath Accessories


Victorian Study Furniture


Cottagecore Outfits


Friendship Animation Set


Plush Living Room Furniture


Trendy Children Outfits


Essential Pet Supplies


Women’s History Month Special

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  1. Felicitas Vogelsang
    January 23, 2023 / 9:37 am

    Hi Rachybop,
    are you sure the update will come out tomorrow evening (UTC)? Usually updates come out on mondays, and according to the time table, the first events start on 24th, Australian time…
    I would be very glad to receive an answer from you.
    I am admin of a SFP facebook group with some 4000 members, and we always spend the night waiting for the update 😉
    Thnaks in advance,

    • Rachybop
      January 23, 2023 / 10:23 am

      Yep! They confirmed it with us. Not sure why. (think I already replied to you on yt but replying to you here too just in case!).

  2. Tara
    March 5, 2023 / 11:13 pm

    Hey, im admin of a SFP group would like to know when is the update in March 2023 please, Thank you.

    • Rachybop
      March 6, 2023 / 9:29 am

      Hey! Hopefully you’ve seen my latest post now 🙂

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