Château de Vaux le Vicomte celebrates Christmas with a never-seen-before decor. While the Château is closed in the winter, it opens some days from October 17, 2020 to January 3, 2021. The Voguë family welcomes little ones and grown-ups in a décor entirely devoted to Christmas holidays.
An enchanting visit for the greatest pleasure of couples and families looking for magical and exceptional moment in the gardens à la française. For this 15th edition, the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte shines a light on celebrations and splendors and sees things big: 20,000 gifts given to children, 4,000 meters of light strings, a 3.5-m tall lit angel... This Christmas promises to be fantastic!
When you arrive, meet festive bears who took over the carriages of the carriage museum. Sketches with 70 bears lent by Histoire d'Ours entertain visitors. To be in the mood, inhale deeply and enjoy the hints of honey and chocolate, and be amazed by the outdoor decorations and giant wooden toys.
In the château, each state room is finely decorated, each in a different theme. The Grande Chambre Carrée offers a music room where Michel Taillis' automated animals play baroque tunes, while the Salon des Muses is covered in gold and presents a sonata to the moonlight.
In the Cabinet des Jeux, a 1.80-m tall chocolate sculpture by Comptoir du Cacao amazed foodies, while a magical and royal world with silver hues, made by Canasuc, expects visitors in the Antichambre d'Hercule. The library is adorned in blue and snags, fragile decoration where two waltzers finely dressed in Panache Blanc costumes dance and make visitors dream.
Do not miss the Grand Salon, the main room of the château offering this year the Flowers' Waltz. A monumental eight-meter tall chandelier turns in the room, to Tchaikovsky's music. A subtle smell of rose, Grand Siècle style, takes visitors to magical dreams... Under the majestic chandelier, four magnificent tables blow away children and grown-ups with hundreds of sparkling details of silverware and decorations.
Then comes the Chambre du Roi and its traditional nativity scene with different green hues echoing the rich decorations of the tapestries in this exceptional room. The Salle des Buffets - one of the first dinning room in France - reprises its initial use and provides a 17th century banquet by Villeroy & Boch.
In the basement, in the Salle des gens, Maison Fossier offers a mouthwatering decor of cakes and candies to make children and adults dream. As for the automared bears, they take over the kitchens nicely smelling of spicy cinnamon.
To complete this magical atmosphere, starting from November 7, real open fires and music from baroque parties enchant the château.
If the weather is mild enough, you can enjoy a walk in the garden thought up by Le Nôtre, it’s covered in a multitude of light garlands lighting up at nightfall and making box trees and lawns sparkle while a 5-m squirrel rules over the gardens à la française: for a unique moment, horse-drawn-carriage rides for an additional cost.
If you prefer, you can only visit the garden and attend the show, a Garden pass is available for Fall Break only, for €9. It gives you access to the Musée des Equipages, the entertainments in the garden (wooden toys, treasure hunt, wish tree), to the children's gifts and the monumental screening.
And do not miss the monumental light show on the chateau's façade at nightfall. The mapping tells you about and reinterprets in a poetic and artistic fashion and in five scenes, the highlights of the story of Vaux-le-Vicomte. Several 8-minute shows are performed every evening making the architecture of this unique place come to life.
Twice a day and untill December 31, go and look for the golden hazelnuts hidden in the gardens and try and win a very beautiful gifts! They are added to the surprise gift children until 17 years get at the Chalet des Grilles d'Eau. And make the most of it and hang a wish in the wish trees set at the Grilles d'Eau.
In short, here is how to be amazed and left in awe.
Careful! Christmas 2020 event will be only available by booking, we invite you to book tickets in advance to make sure you have the timed admission you want. We thank you for your understanding. Yearly pass, Les Amis de Vaux-le-Vicomte card or invitation holders will also have to book their tickets online and add in their basket a "free" ticket.
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Dates and Opening Time
From 28 November 2020 to 3 January 2021
Château de Vaux le Vicomte
Château de Vaux-Le-Vicomte
- de 6 ans: Free
pass jardin Toussaint: 9 €
6-17 ans: 14 €
Tarif adulte: 19,90 €
Horaires : de 14h à 18h45 du mercredi au dimanche
Le spectacle sur la façade du château a lieu à 17h40, 18h, 18h30 et 19h.