For many people in our area and beyond, Candle Tea marks the official beginning of the Advent and Christmas seasons. Each year hundreds of guests come to the historic Single Brothers House in Old Salem to experience this rich tradition. Many visitors come back year after year.
As a Moravian brass band plays nearby, costumed volunteers welcome guests with an introduction to the history of the Moravians in Salem, followed by carols in the Saal accompanied by an 18th century Tannenburg organ, the sweet aroma of a beeswax candle-making demonstration, a visit to the original kitchen to enjoy coffee and sugar cake, and finally a viewing of the amazing Salem putz and the nativity scene.
The sights, sounds, smells, tastes and interesting narrative of Candle Tea provide a warm experience of Moravian Advent and Christmas traditions from early Salem to the present day. The regular Candle Tea tour lasts about an hour.
Location: Candle Tea is held in the Single Brothers House in Old Salem at 600 S. Main St., within the National Historic Landmark District of Salem.
Cost: The cost of the regular Candle Tea is $8 for adults and children. School and Scout teas, which are an abbreviated version of the regular Tea, are $2 per student/scout or accompanying adult.
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. Old Salem Museums & Gardens tickets do not apply.
Payment Options at the Door: Only cash or checks are accepted.We are unable to accept credit cards.
2022 Operating Hours
Advance reservations for Candle Tea are now closed. Only a very few spaces will be available for walk-in guests each hour, and waiting in line is not encouraged. Questions about Candle Tea should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about Scout tea should be emailed to email@example.com.
- Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 1-3 & 8-10
- 1:00 until 8:30 p.m.
New day/time this year:
- Tuesday, Dec. 6
- 9:00 a.m. until 12 noon
School Groups Candle Tea
- Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Nov. 30-Dec. 2 and Dec. 7-9
- 9:30 a.m. through 12:15 p.m.
Scout Groups Candle Tea
- Saturday, Dec. 3 & 10
- 9:00 a.m. through 11:15 a.m.
Special Candle Tea Activities
I Spy Candle Tea: A game for children of all ages. Come to Old Salem and find the historic Moravian buildings and features around the Square. After the pandemic is over, attend Candle Tea and experience the sights, sounds and scents of a traditional Moravian Christmas.
Candle Tea proceeds benefit those in need locally and globally.
Please consider making a donation now to Candle Tea by clicking here or on the Candle Tea logo.
See a list of organizations and causes supported by Candle Tea.
This video, which captures the spirit of Candle Tea, is narrated by Home Church Pastor Ginny Tobiassen and was produced by Home Church member Britton Sear.