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 annually.  Proceeds benefit many charitable causes.

Candle Tea 2018 Schedule

  • Thursdays and Fridays, November 29 & 30, December 6 & 7 from 1-8:30PM
  • Saturdays, December 1 & 8, 11:30AM – 8:30PM
    Home Moravian Church advises that “Best time to come: Thursday afternoons”
  • Additional times for School groups and Scout groups at

New!: Reservations accepted for November 29 evening only

  • Prepaid reservations will be offered for up to 10 people for slots every 15 minutes from 5PM – 7PM when prepaid using Paypal. Make your non-refundable $5.50 reservation per person here. Arrive 5 minutes early or forfeit the reservation.


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


Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under and $5.50 for prepaid reservations Nov. 29. Tickets may be purchased at the door of the Single Brothers House. For special times and rates for schools and groups, visit the Candle Tea site.

For more information, visit or call 336-749-9463.

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