Candle Tea 2020

Alternative Tea features video, drive-by on Dec. 4-5 & 11-12, downloadable activities

Candle Tea is considered by many area residents and visitors the opening event of the Advent and Christmas seasons. The Women’s Fellowship of Home Moravian Church organizes and hosts Candle Tea to share with our guests the Moravian traditions and customs of the season. Due to Covid-19, instead of the traditional event Candle Tea 2020 will take an exciting new approach.


Candle Tea Drive-By

Drive around Salem Square to view and hear tableau-type scenes representing Candle Tea and the Christmas/Advent season as it was in early Salem, including candle making, hymn singing, a small scene from the Salem putz, historic kitchen items, Christmas wreaths, Advent wreaths, a Christmas tree, Moravian stars and a nativity scene. Candle sales will be on the sidewalk of West Street just past Main Street. Download the audio tour to your smartphone.

There is no charge for this event. However, there will be a donations box (for cash or check) so that Candle Tea can continue to support at least some of the charitable organizations that typically receive Candle Tea’s donations. With 10 different stops/stations, the Drive-By should take about 20-30 minutes.

We recommend that you try to arrive early to assure admission.
In order for each guest to have the best possible experience at the Drive-by, we must limit the number of cars allowed through each day. For the safety of our volunteers and guests, the Drive-by cannot operate in the dark, since there is no supplemental lighting.

Dates and Times:

Friday & Saturday, Dec. 4 & 5

Friday & Saturday, Dec. 11 & 12

2:00 – 5:00 p.m. 

Audio for the Drive-By will be through an audio tour app. Download the audio tour now to your smartphone. It's best to install the app before coming to the Drive-By, although a WiFi connection will be available at the Drive-By if you need it.

Coming to the Candle Tea Drive-By: Enter Old Salem from northbound Old Salem Road (right turn) onto Academy Street. The event will start at the intersection of Academy and Main streets. The traffic line will form only from northbound Old Salem Road onto Academy Street (no left turn).

NOTE: This event is weather permitting. If there is inclement weather, please check this website, Candle Tea Facebook page, WXII, or FOX8 News for cancellation.


Special Candle Tea Activities 

I Spy Candle Tea: A game for children of all ages. Come to Old Salem or the Candle Tea Drive-By this year 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 Crossword: Test your knowledge of Candle Tea by trying to complete these simple crossword puzzles. Here are the solutions, but try not to peek!


A New Candle Tea video

A professionally produced video/documentary telling the story of Candle Tea will be available for viewing on this site, on Candle Tea’s Facebook page, and on YouTube in early December. Scroll down this page to see a short video about the traditional Candle Tea.

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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.

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.