We realize that going home for Thanksgiving only to come right back for finals can feel like a hassle, especially if the trek home is a long one. So if you’re thinking about sticking around town for Thanksgiving, here are a few options to make it feel like home.


The practice that has been quite popular in the past few years in various college towns. It is a way for friends to get together as a family at a house or apartment with potluck dinner and fall festivities. The most efficient way to go about planning this is through a Facebook event, inviting 10 or less of your close friends. The next step would be to browse Pinterest for décor and menu ideas so attendees can choose who wants to bring appetizers, entrees, desserts and drinks. Bring your friends together for a festive night of fall-scented candles, pumpkin-flavored cocktails and turkey on a college student’s budget.


As the holiday season begins, football season ends. However, turkey is not the only thing that will be roasted this Thanksgiving. The Aggies hope to defeat the LSU Tigers the evening of November 24 at Kyle Field. And as usual, every home game follows an afternoon of tailgating, which will undoubtedly be more festive for the last SEC game of the season and falling on Thanksgiving.


Join the Brazos Valley community for the 7th Baylor Scott and White family fun run on Thanksgiving morning. The morning will constitute of a 5k race through the Firefox neighborhood in College Station and a one-mile family fun run. Registration for adults, students, and children is available on bcsturkeytrot.com with more information about location, t-shirts and awards. All proceeds from the race benefit Mercy Project, a non-profit organization working toward ending child slavery in Ghana.


Every wine enthusiast knows that some great grapes are part of any holiday season. Messina Hof Winery in Bryan offers tours for those who enjoy quality red and white wine for Thanksgiving in a social yet classy environment. The winery tours host attendees through the resort and vineyard by one of the winery’s hosts, and their culinary team also prepares delicacies paired with the drinks. Enjoy Thanksgiving with the Vintage House Restaurant with an exotic menu and delectable wine choices. Hours are from 11am to 6pm and more information can be found on messinahof.com.