Herd Holiday

Herd Holiday 2021

Join the Marshall family for Herd Holiday on Thursday, December 2, 2021 from 5:30 until 8 p.m. at the Memorial Student Center located on Marshall University’s Huntington Campus.

Tree Lighting

Join President Gilbert along with Mr. & Ms. Marshall for a fun and festive lighting of the Memorial Student Center Plaza. The tree lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m. on the MSC Plaza.

The program will include performances by:

  • Marshall University Early Education STEAM Center
  • Marshall University School of Theatre and Dance
  • Marshall University School of Music
  • True Impact Dance and Performing Arts

Indoor Activities

After the tree lighting, festivities move inside the student center. Guests can enjoy refreshments by the fireplace, shop the bookstore, decorate ornaments, have a picture made with Santa-Marco and more from 6 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2!

First Floor Activities

  • Enjoy cookies, s’mores, hot chocolate and punch by the fireplace
  • Have fun with our Holiday Photo Booth
  • Listen to holiday story time with Ms. Marshall at 6:30 p.m. in the bookstore
  • Paint holiday ornaments with the Pottery Place (first 200 ornaments are free, courtesy of the Campus Activities Board)
  • Build-a-Bison ($10 for students, faculty & Staff; $20 for community members. Proceeds benefit the Campus Activities Board)
  • Shop the Marshall Bookstore to earn a free gift with purchase, take advantage of a discount offer and more!
  • Visit with Marshall Athletics and donate to their canned food drive
  • Drop off a new toy for the Student Government Association’s A.D. Lewis Center toy drive
  • Shop unique holiday gifts from our featured local vendors

Second Floor Activities

  • Don’t miss the opportunity for a holiday photo with Santa-Marco!
  • Students will be on-hand to help children write a mail letters to Santa
  • Children can color a Marshall picture while waiting for their photo
  • Stuff a stocking with items from Marshall Health
  • Make reindeer bait with Marshall’s School of Pharmacy
  • Create a holiday ornament with Marshall’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
  • Learn about healthy holiday treats with Marshall Dietetics
  • Enjoy a holiday experience with Marshall’s Early Education STEAM Center
  • Watch our student organizations compete in a Gingerbread House Building Contest
  • Visit with our Alumni Association and donate hats and gloves to benefit the Harmony House

Faculty and Staff Holiday Party

View Photos with Santa at Faculty and Staff Holiday Party

Herd Holiday at Home
Marshall University invites you to celebrate a Herd Holiday from wherever you may be! Explore this page for activities, book readings, contests, recipes, performances and more. Don’t forget to show us how you are celebrating by using #HerdHoliday and tagging @MarshallU on social media!

Santa Marco
Santa-Marco with students

Santa-Marco’s favorite part of Herd Holiday is taking photos with the Marshall Family. If you attended Herd Holiday and had your photo taken with Santa-Marco, you can download your FREE high resolution images using the link below.

2021 Santa-Marco Photos

If you couldn’t join us in person this year, check out a few fun, digital options you can try from home. Look for our Instagram stickers to add a little Marshall cheer to your social posts and stories. Download Marco’s holiday card or choose the customizable PDF option to add your own photo and message. Then, email or print to share with your friends and family.


Holiday Fun at Home

Gingerbread House Decorating Contest

The Division of Student Affairs has challenged a few of our campus organizations in a friendly gingerbread decorating contest during Herd Holiday. Cheer them on in the Don Morris Room during the event on Dec. 2.

Marshall themed gingerbread house

Participate from Home

We would love to see gingerbread creations from our entire Marshall Family! Take a photo of your Herd Holiday inspired gingerbread house and post it to social media using #HerdHoliday and tag @MarshallU! Don’t forget to make sure your post is public so we can see it.

Herd Holiday Coloring Book

Download, print and color our Herd Holiday Coloring Book created by the Marshall University Foundation. Show us your masterpieces by posting them on social media using #HerdHoliday and tag @MarshallU! Don’t forget to make sure your post is public so we can see it.
Herd Holiday Coloring Book

Write and Mail a Letter to Santa

Drop your Santa letters in Santa’s mailbox at the Marshall University Bookstore.

Printable Santa Letter Template

Make Christmas Slime

Check out the video below to make Christmas Slime with the College of Education and Professional Development!

Make Reindeer Food

Join the Marshall University School of Pharmacy in making Reindeer Bait for Christmas Eve!

Reindeer Food graphic

Mix Up Something Delicious

Join Marshall Dietetics and the Nutrition Education Program to make healthy holiday treats for the whole family!

DIY Candy Cane Ornaments

Make a DIY candy cane ornament with student teachers from our College of Education and Professional Development!

Dr. Marco’s Scavenger Hunt

Join Marshall Health, the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and Dr. Marco for a fun, holiday scavenger hunt!

View Dr. Marco’s Scavenger Hunt

Spread Holiday Cheer

Holiday Readings

The Night Before Christmas read by Marshall University President, Jerry Gilbert
Mooseltoe read by the Dr. Mindy Backus, professor in the College of Education and Professional Development

Holiday Music

Old Main Carolers
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer performed by the Division of Student Affairs
Deck the Halls performed by Marshall University Bands
3rd Avenue Holiday Concert

Holiday Dance Performances

O Holy Night performed by senior company dancers from True Impact Performing Arts
Scrooge meets Marley from A Christmas Carol performed by senior company dancers from True Impact Performing Arts
Shop the Marshall Bookstore
Visit the Marshall University Bookstore this holiday season to drop your letters to Santa in our special mailbox. Don’t forget to post a photo while mailing your letter using #HerdHoliday and tagging @MarshallU for a chance to win a Marshall Bookstore gift card.

Shop the Marshall Bookstore

Are you looking for the perfect gifts for all of the Herd Fans on your list this holiday season? Shop the Marshall University Bookstore Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. or online at marshallustore.com.

Don’t forget to follow @MarshallU on Facebook and Instagram through December 24 for chances to win some of #MarcosFavoriteThings!

Shop Online

Can’t make it to the store this year? No problem! Shop online at marshallustore.com.

Marco’s Favorite Things

Marco is celebrating the holiday season by sharing a few of his favorite things! Follow @MarshallU on Facebook and Instagram Dec. 1- 24 to find out how you can win #‎MarcosFavoriteThings‬!

For Your Hungry Herd
Marshall University Dietetics and its Nutrition Education Program have provided healthy holiday recipes for our Marshall family to try this holiday season.
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Recipes from Past Marco’s Favorite Things

Marco's Favorite Things

Marco is celebrating the holiday season by sharing a few of his favorite things! Follow @MarshallU on Facebook and Instagram Dec. 1- 24 to find out how you can win! #‎MarcosFavoriteThings‬

2021 Marco’s Favorite Things Contest

Dec. 1: Caleb McGraw-Daniels

Dec. 2: Free gift with purchase and giveaways at Herd Holiday

Dec. 3: Jessica Smith Hutchinson

Dec. 4: Christina Taylor McBride

Dec. 5: haleigh.burton

Dec. 6: Free Downloads of Santa-Marco Photos

Dec. 7: nevaehnicholee

Dec. 8: Tyler Sowards

Dec. 9: Courteney Schneider

Dec. 10: Julia Rose Halterman

Dec. 11: Louann Erwin Godbey

Dec. 12: Megan Summers

Dec. 13: Alexandria Branch

Dec. 14: Sara Vanover Bostic

Dec. 15: Lisa Workman

Dec. 16: kellison2003

Dec. 17: Caitlin Freeland

Dec. 18: Janine Marie

Dec. 19: Kitty Richards

Dec. 20: Free download: Herd Holiday Coloring Book

Dec. 21: Shane Bonura

Dec. 22: Lisa Browning

Dec. 23: Lilly Lauffer

Dec. 24: Free recipe from Marshall Dietetics

Recipe card for Cinnamon Sugar Pillow Cookies







Are you a contest winner? Contact socialmedia@marshall.edu for details.

Shop for items featured in Marco’s Favorite Things