Thanksgiving Break


Thanksgiving Break is Thursday, November 28th – Sunday, December 1st.  

If you are planning to stay for any portion of the break, you must fill out the stay-over form so we know who will be in our residences over the break:

Thanksgiving Stay-Over Sign-Up

Residences will be open during the break, but the rest of the campus, including transportation and dining services, will essentially be closed.  


Transportation Limitations

  • Campus Shuttles are NOT in service: November 27th - November 29th. More Info at: TAPS Non-Operating Dates
  • METRO city Buses are NOT in service: November 28th. More Info at: SCMTD Website

Dining Closures

Wednesday, November 27th

  • All dining halls, Banana Joe's, College Eight Cafe, Oakes Cafe, Perk Coffee Bars, Stevenson Coffee House, Terra Fresca restaurant and coffee bar close at 2:00 p.m. (after lunch)
  • All other campus cafes and restaurants will be closed or have limited hours. Please refer to the UCSC Dining website for updated information on these locations. 

Thursday, November 28th - Saturday, November 30th 

  • All dining halls closed.
  • All campus restaurants, cafés and coffee shops closed.

Sunday, December 1st

  • Dining halls reopen at 5:00 p.m. for dinner.


  • The Dean of Students Office sponsors the Harvest Dinner at the Colleges Nine and Ten Dining Hall, Thursday, Nov. 28th, seatings at noon and 2p.m.

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RSVP form:


Non-Comprehensive List of Off-Campus Restaurants Open On Thanksgiving Day:  

Ideal Bar & Grill

106 Beach St., Santa Cruz (831) 423-5271

Food will be served from 11a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Traditional turkey dinner includes herb-roasted turkey, maple roasted yams, garlic mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, and topped with homemade gravy and orange cranberry sauce, $23.95. Also serving prime rib, seafood, chicken. Reservations recommended. 

The Crow’s Nest

2218 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, 476-4560

$29.95 for adults and $15.95 for children, you’ll be presented with roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, candied yams, stuffing, cranberry relish and your choice of soup or salad bar. “Fixings” without the turkey, $14.95.  Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and reservations are recommended.

Denny's Diner

1515 Ocean St.

Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including Thanksgiving.



If you have any questions or need assistance with the stay-over form, please contact the Housing Office at 831-459-3834 or