Thanksgiving Break Information

Updated information for the 2017 Thanksgiving break will be available by October 26th.

Mount Holyoke College and the Department 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 this 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 / Meal Service / 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 / Blanchard Hours / 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 MyMountHolyoke. Your Registration must be completed by November 18th.


Most dining halls will close after Tuesday at lunch.  Only Blanchard will be open for dinner on Tuesday and some limited hours over break.  Students can use a Board Swipe (full board plan only), Dining Dollars, MHCXpress, or Cash.  Any purchases outside of designated menu items included in the board swipe will be the expense of the customer.

  • Wednesday, November 23 at 7:15 am - 10:00 am - there will be a breakfast buffet and students can also grab a bag lunch.
  • Friday, November 25 at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm - dinner will be available
  • Saturday, November 26 at 11:30 am - 1:30 pm - lunch options will be available and 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm dinner will be available.

Blanchard will be offering limited stations & menus during these times.  To see the opening and closing times for specific dining halls, please see the Opening & Closing Schedule published by Dining Services for each specific meal center.

Transportation to the Grocery Store

Wednesday, November 23: 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 25: 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 24th

Thanksgiving Cooking Lunch and Potluck

11:00am - 1:00pm in Creighton
Bring your favorite Thanksgiving Day item, or just a food you love and share a meal with friends and while celebrating an American Tradition.

Friday, November 25th

Watch a Favorite TV Show (Parts 1 & 2)

7:00pm to 10:00pm in Blanchard Great Room
Come enjoy an update of one of your favorite TV shows, spend some time catching up with the Gilmores while drinking some coffee and eating some other Luke's Diner snacks.

Saturday, November 26th

Watch a Favorite TV Show (Parts 3 & 4)

7:00pm to 10:00pm in Blanchard Great Room
Come enjoy the next part of one of your favorite TV shows, spend some time catching up with the Gilmores while drinking some coffee and eating some other Luke's Diner snacks.

Sunday, November 27th

Contenential Breakfast

10:00am - 11:00am in MacGregor Common Room, Mead Golden Pear and Mandelle Golden Pear
Join us for some light breakfast fare (ie. donuts and coffee) and catch up with friends.

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 24th 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 14, 2016. 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 22: Kendall is open from 6:30 am - 7:00 pm; Open Swim is from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm.
  • Wednesday, November 23: Kendall open from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm; No Open Swim
  • Thursday, November 24 - Saturday, 26: CLOSED
  • Sunday, November 27: Kendall is open from 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm; No Open Swim

Community Activities

Tower Theaters, South Hadley, MA 

Showing Dr. Strange and Moana through Thursday, November 24.  Showing Fantistic Beasts and Moana starting Friday, November 25.

Days and times are available at the Tower Theaters website.  The Tower Theater will offer a Small Free Popcorn with the purchase of a movie ticket to all students with a Mount Holyoke College Student ID from November 23-November 27th.

Park Hill Orchard, Easthampton MA
Art in the Orchard

Art In the Orchard, August 13 - November 24, 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 25, 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

Hersey Bears at Springfield Thunderbirds November 25, 7:05 PM.  Enjoy $1 Popcorn, $1 soda, and $1 hotdogs.

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

Religious Services and Resources

Catholic Mass will be available at St. Theresa’s Parish in South Hadley at 9 East Parkview Drive, South Hadley, Massachusetts 01075. Rides are available by calling the parish directly (413) 532-3228 at least 24 hours in advance. Masses are scheduled for Saturday at 4:00 pm and Sunday at 8:30 and 11:00 am. 

Nov. 27th - First Sunday in Advent Candle Lighting Service for all, 6:30 PM. Abbey Chapel. No Roman Catholic Mass at Abbey Chapel.

The Eliot House lounge, and Hindu and Muslim prayer rooms will be available to students from 6:00 AM-11:00 PM with your One Cards. Shabbat is permitted in the lounge on Friday. Please visit local synagogues and temples for your particular Jewish services on Saturday. 

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 23rd until 8:30 am on Monday, November 28th 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 23rd at 5:00 pm.
  • Building closed - Wednesday, November 23rd at 5:00 pm through Thursday, November 24th.
  • Building open on Friday, November 25th 4:30 pm - 10pm for limited dining and program hours.
  • Building open Saturday, November 26th from 11am to 2pm and 4:30pm- 10pm for limited dining and program hours.
  • Building closed Sunday, November 27th.
  • Regular hours resume on Monday, November 28th at 7:30 am.

Library and Technology Hours

  • Tuesday, November 22: 8:00 am - midnight
  • Wednesday, November 23, 8:30 am - noon
  • Thursday, November 24 - Saturday, November 26: CLOSED
  • Sunday, November 27: 6:00 pm - 2:00 am
  • Regular hours resume Monday, November 28th

Rao's Cafe

  • Wednesday, November 23, noon – Saturday, November 26: CLOSED
  • Sunday, November 27: Open 6:00 pm-11:00 pm
  • Regular hours resume Monday, November 28

Health Services and Counseling Center Hours and Information

The Health Center will be closed starting Wednesday, November 23rd at noon. There will be no medical or mental health services provided on campus. 

This includes the Health Center, Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program and the Counseling Service.

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

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