Holidays At MHS
Throughout November and December, Milton Hershey School is filled with holiday magic. This year, MHS is bringing our community together safely through student home contests, caroling nights, and festive gifts for one and all. MHS students involved with the Student Government Association played an integral role in planning all of the holiday surprises.
12 Days of Christmas Celebration
The holiday season has always been a special time for the MHS family. This year, MHS made the holidays even merrier with a “12 Days of Christmas” celebration presented by President Pete Gurt ’85 and his wife, Jane.
Student Home and TL Holiday Decorating Contest
Student homes and Transitional Living (TL) buildings participated in a holiday decorating contest. The winners will receive a hot chocolate bar and cookies from MHS Food Services when they return from Christmas Break.
12 Days of Christmas Festivities
Wednesday, Dec. 16 Swag Drop #7
Student homes and TL buildings received a box of MHS hoodies. The box also included a “singing holiday” card with a recorded audio message from President Pete Gurt ’85 and his wife, Jane.
Student homes and TL buildings received a box of MHS long-sleeve shirts.
Monday, Dec. 14 Santa Claus Comes to Town
Before Santa Claus and Rudolf headed back to the North Pole, they hitched a ride with the Hershey Fire Department to visit the Milton Hershey School campus.
Student homes and TL buildings received a box of MHS crew cut socks.
Saturday, Dec. 12 Swag Drop #4
Student homes and TL buildings received a swag box full of MHS scarves for the winter.
Friday, Dec. 11 HERSHEY'S Chocolate Houses
The Hershey Company provided the necessary ingredients for MHS students and houseparents to create their own festive holiday chocolate houses.
Thursday, Dec. 10 Swag Drop #3
Student homes and TL buildings received a box of MHS beanies for the winter.
Wednesday, Dec. 9 Swag Drop #2
Student homes and TL buildings received a box of custom-made Spartan Croc Jibbitz for their house shoes.
Student homes and Transitional Living (TL) buildings in Senior Division received a box of Our Future in Focus-themed holiday ornaments. Student homes in Elementary and Middle Divisions received Our Future in Focus-themed shoelaces.
Monday, Dec. 7 Homestead Drive-Thru
MHS President Pete Gurt ’85, and his wife, Jane, provided a Winter Wonderland at the Homestead for students and Home Life staff to drive through.
Week of Sunday, Dec. 6 Christmas Meals
Student homes and Transitional Living (TL) buildings were treated to a special Christmas meal from the President’s Office.
Saturday, Dec. 5 Holiday Tree Displays
MHS Grounds employees lit up campus for the holidays with tree displays at the entrances of Memorial Hall, Catherine Hall, and in the Alumni Memorial Grove.
Hershey Partners Send Holiday Wishes to MHS
Members throughout the Hershey community continue to spread joy and uplift one another through virtual messages. Staff at several Hershey entities share their holiday wishes to the MHS family. They also remember the life-changing gift their founders Milton and Catherine Hershey gave to them, their organizations, and the residents of Hershey, Pennsylvania.
MHS Christmas Festivities
Tuesday, Dec. 1 Founders Hall Turns Red and Green
Founders Hall is decorated for the season! View the red and green display every evening through the end of December.
Thursday, Nov. 19 Hershey Sweet Lights
The MHS community was invited to an exclusive night at Hershey Sweet Lights on Thursday, Nov. 19. Students and staff drove through the festive displays and enjoyed a sweet treat from Hershey Entertainment & Resorts to kick off the holiday season.
Thursday, Nov. 19 Santa Letters
Santa sent letters to MHS student homes and Transitional Living (TL) buildings before the holiday season began.
Use #HolidaysAtMHS on social media to follow along with MHS holiday activities.
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MHS Thanksgiving Festivities
Special Thanksgiving Meal
This year on Thanksgiving, MHS students enjoyed a special meal safely in their student homes and Transitional Living (TL) buildings following the MHS Health and Safety Plan.
Giving Thanks at MHS
For 111 years, the Milton Hershey School community has celebrated founders Milton and Catherine Hershey in November—the month we focus on giving thanks.
VPA Thankfulness Chain
This November, Milton Hershey School Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) program created a “Thankfulness Chain” to showcase what students are most thankful for during this season.