Thanksgiving Break 2019

If you’re staying in Winston-Salem during Thanksgiving Break, this page is for you!


Residence Halls

Residence halls remain open during Thanksgiving Break (however they will close for Winter Break). Visit the Office of Residence Life and Housing’s website to review important information including a break checklist. You can reach the Office of Residence Life and housing at or 336.758.5185.

Deacon Dining

  • Brunch & dinner will be served at Shorty’s during Thanksgiving Break. The complete Shorty’s menu will be available during our hours of operation with food dollar, cash or credit purchases. A limited menu will also be available that can be purchased with Meal/Pit Swipes.
  • Hours of Operation: Wednesday (Nov. 27) 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday (Nov. 28) Closed; Friday (Nov. 29) 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday (Nov. 30) 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday (Dec. 1) 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Meal/Pit Swipes can be used at Shorty’s until 4 p.m. on Sunday (Dec. 1). The Pit re-opens at 4 p.m.
  • Deacon Dining Thanksgiving Schedule 2019 (PDF)

Where to eat on Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day Lunch On Campus

Campus Recreation is hosting a complimentary lunch for students on campus Thanksgiving Day (noon until 1:30 p.m.) in room A330 of the Wellbeing Center.  East China restaurant will be catering. Student ID required for access; registration not required.


Off-Campus Options for Thanksgiving Day

  • K&W Cafeterias will be open at all of their locations: 800 E. Hanes Mill Road, 3300 Healy Drive and 3169 Peters Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem.  They are open 6:30-10 a.m., and 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse, 115 S. Main St., will be open for lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.  For more information or reservations, call 336-293-6702.
  • Old Fourth Street Filling Station, 871 W. Fourth St., will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with a turkey and ham dinners as well as some of their other popular menu items. Reservations are recommended; call 336-724-7600.
  • Sir Winston Wine Loft & Restaurant, 104 W. Fourth St., will have lunch and dinner options on Thanksgiving. Call 336-722-0795 to reserve a table.  Open 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for breakfast and lunch. Open 4:30 p.m.-close for dinner.
  • Grandma Ruby’s Country Cookin’, 6110 University Parkway, will be open Thanksgiving serving breakfast and other menu items. Hours will be 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • C&H Cafeteria, 940 S. Main St. in Kernersville,  Thanksgiving Hours will be 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m, and 4-8 p.m
  • The Katharine Brasserie and Bar, 51 E. Fourth St. will be open for breakfast from 7-10 a.m. The Thanksgiving menu will be offered from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Visit for the full menu. For reservations, go to the website or call 336-761-0203. Also, the Cardinal Hotel will have a Thanksgiving Feast on the Mezzanine. Seatings are available at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at, which also includes a list of items on the buffet.
  • Providence Restaurant and Catering, 5790 University Parkway, has a Thanksgiving meal from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. including glazed ham, smoked turkey, prime rib and other items. Reservations are strongly encouraged. For more information, including the full menu, visit their website.

Wake Forest Wellbeing Center

The Wake Forest Wellbeing Center is open to students, faculty, staff and retirees with a valid WFU ID. The center is also open to families of current Wake Forest students Wednesday through Sunday (Nov. 27-Dec. 1).

Additional available activities: basketball (Reynolds Gym 4th floor gyms & Sutton Center 2nd & 4th floors); soccer (Reynolds Gym 4th floor gyms); video games (Reynolds Gym 2nd floor pool view lounge); ping pong (Sutton Center 2nd floor), massage chairs and TV (Reynolds Gym 2nd floor).

Wake Forest Wellbeing Center Hours

Mon. Nov. 25 5:30 a.m. – midnight
Tues. Nov. 26 5:30 a.m. – midnight
Wed. Nov. 27 5:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thurs. Nov. 28 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 29 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 30 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 1  8 a.m. – midnight

Pool Hours

Tues. Nov. 26 5:30 – 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Wed. Nov. 27 5:30 – 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Thurs. Nov. 28 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 29 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 30 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 1 10 a.m.- midnight

ZSR Library Schedule

Mon. Nov. 25 Open 24 hours
Tues. Nov. 26 Open until 10 p.m.
Wed. Nov. 27 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Thurs. Nov. 28 Closed
Fri. Nov. 29 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 30 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 1 Open at 1 p.m.


Benson University Center Hours

Mon. Nov. 25 7:30 a.m. to midnight
Tues. Nov. 26 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wed. Nov. 27 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thurs. Nov. 28 Closed
Fri. Nov. 29 Closed
Sat. Nov. 30 Closed
Sun. Dec. 1 Noon to midnight

Student Health Service

The Student Health Service will close on Tuesday, November 26 at 5 p.m. and reopen Monday December 2 at 8:30 am. To assist students with urgent concerns, a registered nurse will be available for telephone consultations while the clinic is closed. For medical questions about a current illness or injury during the Thanksgiving break, call the Student Health Service main line (336) 758-5218 and follow the prompts to reach the nurse on duty.

University Police at 911 (campus phone) or 336.758.5911 (by cell phone) will assist you in securing appropriate emergency assistance in case of an emergency.

For assistance with administrative issues during the holiday, please email

University Counseling Center

While it is closed for business during Thanksgiving Break, the University Counseling Center remains available 24/7 by phone for urgent mental health concerns by calling 336-758-5273. We will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Monday November 26.

Parking & Traffic

  • Commuting students that live off-campus and will be traveling for the holiday should leave vehicles parked at their apartment/house.
  • Resident upperclassmen that have registered vehicles and are not driving home for the break should leave their vehicles parked in general parking lots.
  • Sophomore students can relocate their vehicles to campus after 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26 and park in general parking lots only.
  • Freshman students must relocate their vehicles to campus by Tuesday, November 26 at 10 p.m. and park in general parking lots only. Shuttle service will cease operating at that time.
  • If a vehicle needs to be relocated to campus prior to 4 p.m. Tuesday, please contact Transportation and Parking Services at 336-758-PARK.

Shuttle Service

Shuttles will depart from front of the Benson Center and pick up from the same location as drop off. If you miss the last shuttle bus, you will be responsible for making your own way back to campus via taxi/Uber.

Wed., Nov. 27 OnCall service will be available from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. This van will take students to such places as Sherwood Forest Shopping Center or Downtown Winston-Salem.
Thurs., Nov. 28 No service scheduled
Fri., Nov. 29 Hanes Mall, Target, Sherwood Shopping Center from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 30 Hanes Mall, Target, Sherwood Shopping Center from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Campus & Community Activities

Costs vary by event. Click the links below to find out more and purchase tickets:

Thursday, November 28 (THANKSGIVING)

Turkey Strut 5k 
Above event requires pre-registration.
Tanglewood Festival of Lights

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