November Break

Mount Holyoke College and the Division of Student Life are excited to be able to share information with you about some exciting programs, events and opportunities for students who will be staying on campus during November (Thanksgiving) Break. We want to highlight information about what is going on in the nearby community.

Don't Forget to Register!

If you have not done so already, please register to stay on campus during Thanksgiving Break. You can register by logging in to my.mtholyoke. Your registration must be completed by November 22, 2019.

Thanksgiving Host Family Program

Mount Holyoke College sponsors a Host Family Program for students who can not go home during Thanksgiving/ November Break and would like to have a Thanksgiving meal with a local family. Families are traditionally Mount Holyoke College faculty, staff, alum, and/ or local friends in the South Hadley and surrounding community. 

If you are interested in participating in this year’s Host Family Program, please fill out the application no later than Friday, November 8, 2019. You will be notified regarding your host on Friday, November 15, 2019.

When filling out this application, please let us know your needs and preferences.  

Although not guaranteed, we will strive to provide a match based on the needs described in this application.

NOTE: Students who participate in the Host Family Program will be provided transportation to their host family's home and back to campus on Thursday, November 28th ONLY by the assigned host family.

Pick-up and drop-off arrangements are coordinated by the host family and student only (the Division of Student Life does not arrange the transportation).


The Dining Center will close at 9:00 pm on Tuesday, November 26 and will be open for the following limited hours during November Break:

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

  • Breakfast: 7:15 – 9:00 am
  • Lunch: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
  • Dinner: Closed

Thursday, November 28, 2019

  • Dinner: 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Friday, November 29, 2018

  • Lunch: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
  • Dinner: 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Saturday, November 30, 2019

  • Lunch: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
  • Dinner: 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Sunday, December 1, 2019

  • Brunch: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
  • Dinner: 5:00 - 7:00 pm

The dining center will be offering limited stations and menus during these times.  

Grab and Go will be closed Tuesday, November 28 – Sunday, December 1, 2019.

The Cochary Pub will close on Tuesday, November 28 at 4:00 pm and reopen on Monday, December 2.  

The Francis Perk will close on Tuesday, November 26 at 2:30 pm and reopen on Monday, December 2.

Regular hours will resume at all locations on Monday, December 2, 2019.

Transportation to the Grocery Store

Wednesday, November 27

  • Shuttle to grocery stores will be departing from Blanchard Bus Stop at 1:00 pm and ending at 3:00 pm. (First come, first serve, 32 passenger capacity

Friday, November 29

  • Shuttle to grocery stores will be departing from Blanchard Bus Stop at 1:00 pm and ending at 3:00 pm. (First come, first serve, 32 passenger capacity)


Residential Life and Student Program Staff are planning some fun events during these days of break to keep you entertained and building community!  More programs will be added as events become finalized and registered students will receive an email with the most up to date information.

Public Transportation

Learn more about the fare-free Five College bus system.

The R29 service running down Route 116 between UMass and Holyoke may be of use to you. Please note that a fare is required for this service, which will connect you directly to the Holyoke Mall.

Please note: There are some days in which the 38-39 PTVA buses for five colleges will not run. See the PVTA bus schedule.

Sports and Recreation

Kendall Complex

  • Tuesday, November 26: Open from 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 27: Open from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 28 - Saturday, November 30: Closed
  • Sunday, December 1: Open from 2:00 -10:00 pm

Find more information about adjusted schedules at the Kendall Complex for the days before and after the break.

Community Activities

Tower Theaters, South Hadley, MA

Check the Tower Theater website for showtimes

Park Hill Orchard, Easthampton MA

Art in the Orchard is open everyday until November 28, is a walking sculpture trail which winds through fruit gardens. The trail is a great destination for a visit: walking in the good air, high-minded sculpture, pick-your-own apples. Leashed pets are permitted on the trail.

Forest Park, Springfield MA

Bright Nights at Forest Park opens November 27 (opening night special: $6 per car). Peace, Lights and Happiness!

Main Street, Springfield

The Parade of the Big Balloons will be held on Friday, November 29, 11 am. A variety of balloons, including Cat in the Hat, Yogi Bear and more, parading down Main Street.

MassMutual Center, Springfield MA

Springfield Thunderbirds Hockey Game: Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Springfield Thunderbirds Wednesday, November 27, 7:05 pm.

There are many other community activities which are not listed. See the Western Mass activities calendar for more information on additional activities in the surrounding area.

Religious Services and Resources

View the list of off-campus religious services.

Catholic Mass will be available at Abbey Chapel at 6:30 pm for students. Contact Sister Annette for more information.

The Eliot House lounge will be available to students from 6:00 am – 11:00 pm with your one card for students seeking the Muslim and Hindu prayer rooms. Shabbat is permitted in the lounge on Friday. Please refer to the off-campus list for information on local synagogues and temples as well as Jewish Student Union emails and the JSU Mount Holyoke College page for possible rides and other news items.

Local Volunteer Opportunities

Open Pantry Community Services operates a Holiday Meals program, which provides a traditional holiday meal for anyone in need of a meal or for those who wish to spend Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter with others. The Holiday Meals are served at the High School of Commerce, 415 State St., Springfield, MA 01105.

Through this program, volunteers also deliver meals to people who are homebound. Altogether, nearly 3,000 meals are served on these three days. Meals are served at noon.

Please call (413) 737-5337 and leave your name if you can deliver a meal to someone who is unable to attend the dinner at the High School of Commerce. There is adequate parking behind the school and you can enter through the (west) side door of the school. There will be people there to give you instructions. Volunteers and sponsors are needed in order to make this event successful.

If you are interested in volunteering please call (413) 737-5337. Kitchen help, servers, drivers and clean up crews are all needed.

Limited Campus Resources

Many offices on campus are closed or working with minimal staff over the holidays.  If you have an emergency, you should contact Campus Police at (413) 538-2304 as they are open 24 hours, 7 days a week. The Office of Residential Life will also be closed from noon on November 26 until 8:30 am on Monday, December 2 but there is always a Professional Staff member on call in case of emergency. You can contact them through Campus Police by requesting to speak with the Professional Staff on Call should you need their assistance.

Blanchard Hours

Regular Blanchard schedule continues until Wednesday, November 27 at 8:00 pm.

Building closed

  • Wednesday, November 27 at 8:00 pm through Thursday, November 28
    • Exception: Thursday, November 28, 11 am – 4 pm: open for an event in the Great Room

Building open

  • Thursday, November 28, 11 am – 4 pm (event in the Great Room)
  • Friday, November 29, 4 – 9:30 pm
  • Saturday, November 30, 1 – 9 pm
  • Sunday, December 1 form 1 – 9 pm

Regular hours resume on Monday, December 2 at 7:30 am.

Library and Technology Hours

  • Tuesday, November 26: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 27: 8:30 am - noon
  • Thursday, November 28 - Saturday, November 30: Closed
  • Sunday, December 1: 6:00 pm - 2:00 am
  • Regular hours resume Monday, December 2

Check out DVDs on Tuesday, November 26 and have them all weekend!

Health Services Hours and Information

The Health Center will be closed starting Wednesday, November 27 at noon. There will be no medical services provided on campus.

This includes the Health Center and the Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program.

There will be a clinician on call from Noon on Wednesday until 8:00 am on Monday. Students can call 413-538-2242 to speak with a clinician. Students can also use cab services to reach Urgent Care or the ER if needed.  Contact campus police 413-538-2304 for authorization.

While the Health Center is Closed

For Medical Problems

Cooley Dickinson Hospital Emergency Room (413) 582-2108

Holyoke Hospital Emergency Room (413) 534-2500

Cooley Dickinson Urgent Care
30 Locust Street
Northampton MA

Baystate Urgent Care
325 King Street
Northampton MA

Chicopee MedExpress
1505 Memorial Drive
Chicopee MA

For Alcohol/Drug Related Problems

Behavioral Health Network (413) 733-6661

For urgent medical problems, call (413) 538-2304

Counseling Services Hours and Information

The Counseling Service will be closed from Wednesday, November 27 through Monday, December 2 at 8:30 am. 

The Counseling Service 24/7 Care and Support Line can be accessed at any time for urgent concerns and support by calling 413-538-2037 and following the prompts to be connected with a clinician.  If you are experiencing a psychiatric emergency, call Campus Police or go to the nearest emergency room (Holyoke Medical Center is closest to MHC). Additional information and resources can be found on the Counseling Service website.