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The 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
Single Brothers’ House
600 South Main Street
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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