Moravian Candle Tea At Old Salem In 2023

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

Tickets Sold Out

The tickets for all dates and times for the Moravian Candle Tea at Old Salem have all been sold. There are no more reservations available.
However, the Ardmore Moravian Church will hold its Candle Tea on Dec. 7th. See below for details.

Experience Early Moravian Traditions

Three Moravian girls partaking in candle tea at Old Salem

Guides wearing early Moravian period attire lead guests on 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. Note: The Single Brothers House is NOT handicapped accessible.

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 tour lasts one hour and thirty minutes.

The event, organized by the Women’s Fellowship of Home Moravian in Old Salem, draws around 10,000 visitors each year. Proceeds benefit many charitable causes.

Candle Tea 2023 Schedule

The main candle tea event is in Old Salem at Single Brother’s House. We are also posting information about the candle tea held at Ardmore Moravian church.

Old Salem Candle Tea

Candle Tea will be held in Old Salem at Single Brother’s House (600 Main St.) on the following days/times:

SOLD OUT for all 2023 dates and times.

Reserve Your Time Slot!

Reservations are closed for 2023. Reserved entry is limited to 26 per 15-minute admission slot. Walk-in guests will be accommodated as space is availableReserve your slot early, as tickets usually sell out quickly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Moravian stars on the Old Salem bridge
  • How much does Old Salem candle tea cost?
    • $8.50 for adults and children. Children under 3 are free
    • School and Scout teas (an abbreviated version of the regular candle teas) are $2.50 per student/scout or accompanying adult
  • Who manages the event?
    • Candle Tea is completely staffed by volunteers. All proceeds go to outreach ministries locally and globally. Your visit helps people in need around the world
  • Can I use my Old Salem Museum & Gardens ticket?
    • No, the Museum & Gardens pass is not valid for this event
  • What forms of payment are accepted?
    • If you register in advance using the reserve your spot option above, you may pay with a credit card
    • Walk-ins/at the door – only cash and checks are accepted
    • Purchase of candles is cash or check only
  • Is there a contact for additional questions?
    • For questions not answered here or additional information, email info@candletea.org
  • I have a question not listed here.

Ardmore Moravian Church Candle Tea

The Ardmore Moravian Church candle tea and bake sale is held on Thursday, December 7th. Candle tours start every 15 minutes, beginning at 5pm and the last tour begins at 8pm. There is no admission fee, but there will be a bake sale, and proceeds go towards supporting the event. Armodre Moravian Church is located at 1213 W Academy Street, Winston-Salem, NC. More information at ArdmoreMoravian.org.

Children and senior groups are welcomed to Ardmore Moravian Church Candle Tea on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings, December 6th, 7th, and 8th. Groups must call to schedule morning tours. Call 336-723-3444 to reserve a day and time.

The Spirit Of Candle Tea (Video)

This video, narrated by pastor Ginny Tobiassen and produced by Britton Sear, captures the spirit of Candle Tea at Home Moravian Church.

Learn The Meaning And Origins Of The Moravian Star

I love the first signs of Christmas in Winston-Salem, NC when Moravian stars light up porches, line the streets of downtown, and a giant 31-foot Moravian star is installed atop the tower of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, shining like a beacon. Learn about the origins of this legendary star that dates back to 1820.

What’s your favorite Winston-Salem holiday tradition? Let us know in the comments!

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