Candle Tea 2020

This year's alternative Tea features drive-by, video

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, Candle Tea 2020 will not be the traditional Tea. Instead, there will be two alternatives:

  • 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.
  • A “Drive-by” Candle Tea in which guests drive around Salem Square to view and hear tableau-type scenes representing Candle Tea and the Christmas/Advent season. 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” should take about 20-30 minutes.

To attend: Drive east on Academy Street from Old Salem Road; at the corner of Academy and Main Streets; a hostess will provide information about the different sites. The drive will continue up Academy Street, turn right on Church Street, then turn right onto West Street. There will be candles for sale (cash or check only) along the side of West Street, after crossing Main Street.

Dates and Times:

Fridays, Dec. 4 & 5

Saturdays, Dec. 11 & 12

2:00 – 5:00 p.m. 

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.

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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.