Candle Tea 2021

Information for Candle Tea 2021

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. All net proceeds are donated to charitable organizations, locally and globally.

 

Candle Tea 2021

To learn more about what Candle Tea is, and what it means to so many people, please see a professionally produced 28-minute video/documentary. It’s available here and on YouTube.

Also, scroll down this page to see a short video with an overview of the traditional Candle Tea.

Home Moravian Church and the Women’s Fellowship of Home Moravian are excited to return the Candle Tea 2021 to the Single Brothers’ House in Old Salem. As Christians around the world prepare for the birth of Jesus Christ, the Moravians at Home Church would like to invite you to our Forward into Tradition presentation of the 2021 version of Candle Tea.

Guests will return to the traditions of the early Moravians as they sing Advent and Christmas hymns accompanied by the historic organ, watch beeswax candles being made, feast on sugarcake and coffee and view the two Putz scenes. Our band will greet you outside with gay carols and hymns of Old.

Mark the first two weeks of December to come enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the traditional Candle Tea once more! Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturday’s guests will be ushered through the Single Brothers’ House. Reservations will be available for Thursday attendees.

 

Operating Hours: 

 

Regular Tea: 

December 2 - 3 1:00 pm until 8:30 pm 

December 4 11:30 am until 8:30 pm

December 9-101:00 pm until 8:30 pm

December 1111:30 am until 8:30 pm

 

School Tea:

December 1-39:30 am until 12:15 pm

December 8-109:30 am until 12:15 pm

 

Scout Tea:

December 49:00 am until 11:15 am

December 11 9:00 am until 11:15 am

 

Anyone in line by 8:30 pm will be admitted.

 

COVID 19 Pandemic Protocols: Candle Tea events will follow current local and state guidelines as issued by the CDC, state of North Carolina and local health officials. Mask wearing will be optional for those who are fully vaccinated.

** Check back here for more information and for the link to make RESERVATIONS. This link will be available in mid-October. **

 

 

More Information:

Location:  Candle Tea is held in the Single Brothers House in Old Salem at 600 South Main Street within the National Historic Landmark District of Salem.  

Cost:  The cost of regular Tea is $8 for adults and $2 for children.  School Tea is $2/ student and Scout Tea is $2/person, which includes a patch for each scout.  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:  Cash or checks are accepted.  We are unable to accept credit cards. 

Reservations:  A limited number of prepaid (nonrefundable) reservations at $10.00 per person are available for Thursdays, December 2nd and 9th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and Fridays – Dec. 3rd and Dec. 10th. Beginning in October, you may make reservations by using the “Reservations” tab on the website. PayPal and credit cards are accepted.

School Tea Reservations:  Reservations open August 16, 2021. Go to homemoravian.org/candletea and select School Groups and follow instructions. 

  • Admission:  $2 per person, child or adult.  For more information call Ashley Sanders 336.749.9463.
  • Each guest receives a six-inch trimmed candle and a Moravian sugar cookie. We try to accommodate children with special dietary needs by providing gluten-free cookies. A need for this should be indicated by teachers on the reservation form. 
  • Groups of a maximum of 30 people (counting both students and adults) will be admitted every 15 minutes. Tour lasts about 35-40 minutes. 
  • Bus parking is in the parking lot of the Salem College Fine Arts Center. Parking is also available in the Old Salem Visitor Center parking lot. Instructions for parking, unloading, and loading, and maps are available on the homemoravian.org web site. 
  • Public and private schools AND home school groups are welcome! 

 

Scout Tea Reservations: Reservations will open September 11, 2021. To make reservations, go to homemoravian.org/candletea and select Scout Groups and follow in instructions to Scout reservations. For more information, call Katherine Rhew, 336.760.1598.

  • Admission:  $2 per person (adult and scout) and includes a Candle Tea patch for each Scout. 
  • Each guest receives a six-inch trimmed candle and a Moravian sugar cookie. We try to accommodate children with special dietary needs by providing gluten-free cookies. A need for this should be indicated by teachers on the reservation form. 
  • Groups of a maximum of 30 people (counting both students and adults) will be admitted every 15 minutes. Tour lasts about 35-40 minutes. 

Special Candle Tea Activities 

I Spy Candle TeaA 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 Crossword: Test your knowledge of Candle Tea by trying to complete this simple crossword puzzle. Here are the solutions, but try not to peek!

 

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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. 

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