Candle Tea is the opening event of the Christmas season for many area residents and visitors. Candle Tea is held Thursday-Saturday of two weeks in December during the season of Advent. The Women’s Fellowship of Home Moravian Church organizes and hosts Candle Tea to share with our guests the Moravian traditions and customs of Advent and Christmas.
These include singing carols accompanied by the 1797 Tannenberg organ, enjoying rich lovefeast coffee and Moravian sugarcake, watching as beeswax candles are made by hand, and viewing the Candle Tea putz. The putz, a traditional Christmas decoration for both early and modern Moravians, is displayed in two parts. The first part is a replica in miniature of the town of Salem more than a century ago. The second part presents the Nativity scene as the Christmas story is read from Scripture.
Candle Tea is held in the Single Brothers House on Salem Square in historic Old Salem. Costumed volunteers greet and guide guests through the Candle Tea. Guests enter the Candle Tea in groups of up to 35 people. No reservations are necessary for public tours. Payment is made at the door. Please note we accept only cash or checks; we are unable to process credit or debit cards.
Admission: Adults $5, Children 12 and under $1. All proceeds, after expenses, are distributed to non-profit local and international agencies.
School and Scout groups may register in advance for a special abbreviated version of the Tea held during morning hours. (Reservations are necessary.) Follow the navigation links for more information about School and Scout groups.