Moravian Candle Tea At Old Salem

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Old Salem Candle Tea MoravianThe Moravian Candle Tea at Old Salem has been a Winston-Salem Christmas tradition since 1929. Guests experience the sights, sounds, smells, and even the tastes of early Moravian Christmas traditions.

Experience Early Moravian Traditions

Guides wearing early Moravian period attire lead guests in a tour of the Single Brothers House on Salem Square in Old Salem. In the “saal,” or chapel, guests sing carols accompanied by a restored 1797 Tannenburg organ. Breathe in the scent of little handmade Moravian beeswax candles with their accompanying red fringe.

Guests can watch demonstrations of the making of these, view the lighted nativity scene, and the “putz” — a detailed miniature wintry scene of 1900’s Old Salem. As a special treat, guests enjoy a warm mug of Moravian coffee to wash down the fresh-baked Moravian sugar cake.

The event, organized by the Women’s Fellowship of Home Moravian Church in Old Salem, draws around 10,000 visitors in “normal” years. Proceeds benefit many charitable causes.

Candle Tea 2020 Schedule

Due to Covid-19, Candle Tea 2020 may not be like other recent years. Plans are being made to offer a Candle Tea that will help keep people safe while sharing as many Moravian Christmas traditions as possible. Please check this website for updates on our plans. – Home Moravian Church

Normal Location

Old Salem
Single Brothers’ House
600 South Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC

Normal Admission (does not apply for 2020)

Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the door of the Single Brothers House.

To avoid the lines and possibly missing out, you can pay $7 for prepaid reservations for Dec 5 and 12, 2019, from 4 – 8:30 PM.

For special times and rates for schools and groups, visit the Candle Tea site.

For more information, call 336-749-9463.

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About The Author:

Kristi was born and raised just up the road in Mount Airy (a.k.a. Mayberry) and frequented Winston-Salem often growing up for school field trips, shopping, and dining. After attending Appalachian State University, and a brief stint living in Southern Virginia, Kristi returned to Winston-Salem, NC in 1999 and began her work in non-profit, public relations and writing. She and her family enjoy the convenience of living near downtown Winston-Salem. She enjoys the arts, photography and cooking. "I'm a small town girl at heart, but Winston-Salem isn't an overwhelming city. It is rich with friendly people, history, culture and has a vibrant art community and that is why I am proud to call this "My Winston-Salem!"

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Judy Morales
December 20, 2019 7:34 pm

I’ve been trying to find the place for feedback concerning RESERVATIONS for The Candle Tea. I hope this is seen.
Our family has attended Candle Tea for more than 30 years & consider suffering the cold in the long line part of the tradition.! While in line, however, hope is ever present as groups of 35 move forward to enter the warm & cozy atmosphere of The Single Brothers House. The tendency is to estimate how many groups will it take until it is our turn? Hope lives!
Alas, due to RESERVATIONS we were left standing while groups of folk crossed over from the firehouse area & entered the golden doors before us. A small number from the cold line was permitted entrance each time, not the original 35. Hope dwindled.
My hope is that Candle Tea will NOT offer RESERVATIONS in the future due to the repeated overwhelming DISCOURAGEMENT it engendered.

Jean Barrow
May 22, 2019 2:23 pm

Is it possible to get tickets for the night candlelight tour?