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 have expanded our services and want to highlight information about what is going on in the nearby community.

Quick links to sections below: Registration / Grocery Store Shuttle / Residence Hall Events / Family Host Program / Transportation / Sports and Recreation / Community Activities / Religious Services and Resources / Volunteer Opportunities / Resources Available on Campus / LITS and Library Hours / Rao's Hours / Health Center and Counseling Information

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 mt.mtholyoke. Your Registration must be completed by November 17.

Transportation to the Grocery Store

Wednesday, November 22: Shuttle to Big Y, departing from Blanchard Bus Stop at 1pm and ending at 3pm. (First come first serve, 32 passenger capacity)

  • Departure from Blanchard Bus Stop: 1:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 2:30 pm
  • Returning to campus: 1:15 pm, 1:45 pm, 2:15 pm, 2:45 pm

Friday, November 24: Shuttle to Big Y, departing from Blanchard Bus Stop at 1:00 pm and ending at 3:00 pm. (First come First serve, 32 passenger capacity)

  • Departure from Blanchard Bus Stop: 1:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 2:30 pm
  • Returning to campus: 1:15 pm, 1:45 pm, 2:15 pm, 2:45 pm

Hall Events

Res Life and Student Program Staff are planning some fun events during these days of break to keep you entertained and building community! 

Thursday, November 23rd

11:00am - 1:00pm - Thanksgiving Brunch in Safford Hall - come enjoy good food and great company on Thanksgiving morning.
6:00pm - ISOC will be hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner in the Mead Golden Pear

Friday, November 24th

6:00pm - Board Game and Craft Night in the Safford Common Room

Saturday, November 25th

3:00pm-5:00pm - Enjoy Spa Night in the Safford Common Room

Sunday, November 26th

11:00am - A light brunch will be served in the Safford Common Room

Share a Holiday Meal with a Host Family

Thanksgiving Host Family Program is now available to ALL Mount Holyoke students. As part of the Host Family Program, students who apply will have the opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving with a Mount Holyoke College faculty/administrator/staff member and their family.  If you participate, transportation will be provided on Thursday, November 23rd by the family with which you are matched.

Please note: Do not sign up if you have already applied for the Host Family (weekend) Program through the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives.

The deadline for submission for a Thanksgiving Host Family is Monday, November 15, 2017 by 5:00pm. We will do our best to accommodate all requests.  To submit a request to be matched with a host family, complete this application. For more information, contact the Dean of Students Office at (413) 538-2550.

Public Transportation

Please go to where you will find info on 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:

A fare is also required for the Tiger Trolley line which runs from the Village Commons to the Holyoke Transportation Center. Use this service to get to the South Hadley Big Y. Info on that line is at:

Fares for both the R29 and the Tiger Trolley: $1.25 each way, or a one day pass can be purchased for $3.00.

Please note: There are some days in which the 38-39 PTVA buses for five colleges will not run. In addition, 29 and the Tiger Trolley will not run on Thanksgiving Day.

Sports and Recreation

Kendall Complex

  • Tuesday, November 21: Kendall is open from 6:30 am - 7:00 pm; Open Swim is from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm.
  • Wednesday, November 22: Kendall open from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm; No Open Swim
  • Thursday, November 23 - Saturday, 25: CLOSED
  • Sunday, November 26: Kendall is open from 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm; No Open Swim

Community Activities

Tower Theaters, South Hadley, MA

More details to come

Park Hill Orchard, Easthampton MA
Art in the Orchard

Art In the Orchard, open everyday until November 23, is a walking sculpture trail which winds through our fruit gardens. The trail is a great destination for a family 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 - OPENING NIGHT!


Main Street, Springfield
Parade of the Big Balloons

Friday, November 24, 11AM. Come and see the variety of balloons, Cat in the Hat, Yogi Bear and more, parading down Main Street.

MassMutual Center, Springfield MA
Springfield Thunderbirds Hockey Game

Lehigh Valley Phantoms at Springfield Thunderbirds November 24, 7:05 PM.  Enjoy $1 soda and $2 hotdogs.

There are many activities which are not listed. For information on additional activities in the surrounding area, visit

Religious Services and Resources

Off-campus religious services are listed here.

Catholic Mass will be available at St. Theresa’s Parish in South Hadley at 9 East Parkview Drive, South Hadley, Massachusetts 01075. Masses are scheduled for Saturday at 4:00 pm and Sunday at 8:30 and 11:00 am. The Newman-L group will survey students seeking to attend Mass and will try to provide rides to/from the parish.  MHC Catholic Community Facebook is also a helpful resource.  Please be sure to contact, Sister Annette ( if you want to be added to this list for more information.

The Eliot House lounge will be available to students from 6:00am - 11:00pm 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 link for information to local synagogues and temples as well as JSU emails and 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 12:00 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 22 until 8:30 am on Monday, November 27 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 22 at 5:00 pm.
  • Building closed - Wednesday, November 22 at 5:00 pm through Thursday, November 23.
  • Building open on Friday, November 24 4:00 pm - 8:00pm for limited dining hours.
  • Building open Saturday, November 25 from 11:00am to 2:00pm and 4:00pm- 8:00pm for limited dining hours.
  • Building closed Sunday, November 26.
  • Regular hours resume on Monday, November 27 at 7:30 am.

Library and Technology Hours

  • Tuesday, November 21: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 22, 8:30 am - noon
  • Thursday, November 23 - Saturday, November 25: CLOSED
  • Sunday, November 26: 6:00 pm - 2:00 am
  • Regular hours resume Monday, November 27

Go check out DVDs on Tuesday, November 21 and have them all weekend!

Rao's Cafe

  • Wednesday, November 22, noon – Saturday, November 25: CLOSED
  • Sunday, November 26: Open 6:00 pm-11:00 pm
  • Regular hours resume Monday, November 27

Health Services Hours and Information

The Health Center will be closed starting Wednesday, November 22 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 8:00am 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.



  1. Cooley Dickinson Hospital Emergency Room - (413) 582-2108 
  2. Holyoke Hospital Emergency Room - (413) 534-2500
  3. On-Call Urgent Care Center - (413) 584-7425, 51 Locust Street, Northampton, MA 01060
  4. AEIOU Urgent Care - (413) 461-3530, 170 University Drive, Amherst, MA 01002
  5. Chicopee Urgent Care Medical Center - (413) 437-8355, 1505 Memorial Drive, Chicopee, MA  01020


  1. Behavioral Health Network - (413) 733-6661

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

For urgent mental health concerns, call (413) 538-2037

Counseling Services Hours and Information

The Counseling Service will be closed from Wednesday, November 22 through Monday, November 27 at 8:30am.  Emergency help is available by calling the Counseling Service Care and Support line at 413-538-2037 and following the prompts.

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