Moravian Christmas Candle Tea at Raleigh Moravian Church

  • Dates: December 7, 2024
  • Presenting Organization: Raleigh Moravian Church
  • Location: Midtown Raleigh
  • Address: 1816 Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607
  • Phone: 919.787.4034
  • Times: 2-6pm
  • Admission: Free


Each year on the first Saturday in December, members of Raleigh Moravian Church don 18th century costumes, pick up their band instruments, candle molds, cookie cutters and star patterns to welcome thousands of neighbors into their celebration of Advent. All afternoon, the sanctuary is filled with holiday music. 

Hosts and hostesses serve sugarcake and hot coffee, Moravian style -- with plenty of milk and sugar -- to shoppers eager to stock up on Moravian cookies, stars, handmade beeswax candles, and much more. Members of the church demonstrate traditional crafts that remain part of Moravian church practice today.

A recent addition to Christmas Candle Tea is the Giving Tree, a successful partnership with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Raleigh Moravian Church encourages visitors to bring non-perishable food or monetary donations and place them under the tree.