Moravian Candle Tea
This annual event hosted by the Women’s Fellowship of Home Moravian Church and held in cooperation with Old Salem, makes a wonderful field trip or family tradition. The Candle Tea held at the Single Brothers’ House in Old Salem, 600 South Main Street, is a highlight of the Christmas season in the North Carolina Piedmont and teaches guests about some of the Moravian traditions and customs of the season.
Get in the spirit of this joyous season by singing carols, accompanied by their 1797 Tannenberg organ, see a demonstration of how they make the beeswax candles that are used in the Christmas Eve candlelight lovefeasts. Enjoy a warm cup of Moravian coffee and a piece of sugar cake while you hear what life was like for those who founded and lived in Salem. View the putz, a miniature replica of the town of old Salem and listen to the Christmas story as you view the lighted Nativity putz.
The tours last 45 minutes to an hour and reservations are not necessary for the public tours.
Then browse through the shops and purchase a Moravian Star or your own beeswax candles and bring home the fragrance and warm feeling of a Moravian holiday to your home.
- Thursday, December 1, 1:00-8:30 p.m.
- Friday, December 2, 1:00-8:30 p.m.
- Saturday, December 3, 11:30 a.m.- 8:30 p.m.
- Thursday, December 8, 1:00-8:30 p.m.
- Friday, December 9, 1:00-8:30 p.m.
- Saturday, December 10, 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Admission Cost is $5 for adults and just $1 for children 12 & under. Your tickets may be purchased on site at the door of the Single Brothers’ House, they do not need to be purchased in advance, but they can only accept cash or checks. All proceeds, after expenses, are distributed to non-profit local and international agencies.
Also, be aware that some dates and times will require a long wait so dress warmly if it is chilly and be prepared. Wait times may be from 30 minutes to over an hour, especially in the evenings. According to their website, the best time to come is on Thursday afternoons.
Old Salem Museums & Gardens ticket does not apply toward this event, and your tickets can be purchased in advance but you will still need to stand in line for entrance to the Tea. Contact Suzanne Miller, 336-768-9371, or Harriet Wood, 704-640-7002, to purchase ahead.
Homeschool Group Visits
An abbreviated Tea is offered on weekdays mornings to school groups by reservation.
The special “School Tea” in the historic Single Brothers House in Old Salem and includes a candle-making demonstration, the putz, and insight into the life of the early settlers of Salem.
Students and accompanying adults will receive a lovefeast candle and a Moravian cookie will be served in the kitchen of the 250 year old Single Brother’s House. Visitors will hear about the early Moravians’ daily activities, the earliest public water system in the United States, and how the young people in Salem were educated and the older boys learned a trade.
Groups are limited to 35 people due to safety regulations and admission is $1 for students and adults. After your tour date is reserved, you will receive an email about your group payment.
Reservations for 2016 school groups are open NOW.
Note that groups for each time are limited by fire code to 35 persons.
Admission for each student and accompanying adult is $1 and after you reserve your tour, you will be emailed about payment.
School Tours 2016
School Group Tours are led between 9:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. each day:
- Wednesday, November 30
- Thursday, December 1
- Friday, December 2
- Monday, December 5
- Tuesday, December 6
- Wednesday, December 7
- Thursday, December 8
- Friday, December 9
The Candle Tea tour and the Old Salem buildings are two separate activities and are handled by two different groups, so if you want to schedule a separate tour of Old Salem on the same day you visit Candle Tea, you will need to set that up through Old Salem at 800-441-5305.
For more information about Candle Tea School Group Tours, EMAIL or call 336-749-9463.