Christmas 2021: magical family-friendly celebrations at the Château de Fontainebleau

Published by Cécile D. · Published on 27 October 2021 at 14h06
During the Christmas break 2021 and the Holidays, the Château de Fontainebleau plays the magical card in order to mesmerize young and older visitors. Discover the program thought up for families especially on the occasion.

During children’s Christmas break, the Château de Fontainebleau does every effort and hosts entertainments for children and adults in its historical setting. Come along and discover the castle featuring its greatest decorations for the Holidays: a giant Christmas tree wonderfully decorated and twinkling lights in the chateau courtyard are expecting you. From December 18, 2021 to January 2, 2022, enjoy the parks and gardens of the Château to enjoy a walk and have fun with your family.

Christmas break 2021 celebrations at the Château de Fontainebleau:

  • "Christmas in Europe" concerts
    From Friday December 10 to Sunday 12, 2021
    The Balthasar neumann ensemble and conductor Thomas Hengelbrock deliver four shows which program will travel across Europe. Enjoy traditional Nordic singing, Spanish villancios, Russian songs and carols written by J.S. Bach.
    Friday December 10 at 7:30 p.m.
    Saturday December 11 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
    Sunday December 12 at 7:30 p.m.
    Chapelle de la Trinité
    Duration: 1 hour

  • "Il était une fois... Les contes de Perrault" Christmas show
    From Sunday December 19 to Friday 31, excluding December 21, 25 and 28
    Before writting the tales at the end of his life, Charles Perrault occupied many functions at the court of King Louis XIV and stayed at the Château de Fontainebleau several times. The Christmas show has been staged by Diapason and enables to rediscover three stories by the famous writer: the mischievous Puss in the Boots, the sweet Donkeyskin and the brave Little Thumbling. Children and adults will be delighted by the original version of the tales from the 17th century. The two actors of the Duo Diapason (Aline Franciscovich and Christophe Leray) bring energy and a breath of fresh air. Share these magical and happy moments with your family!
    On December 19, 20, 22, 23, 26, 27, 29 and 20 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
    On December 24 and 31 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
    Duration: 1 hour
    Access through the Porte Dorée

  • "Princesses venues du froid" guided tours
    From Saturday December 18 to Friday 31, 2021
    Princesses coming from the cold, Marie Leszcynska and Hélène Mecklembour-Scherin will disocver the life at the French court when marrying king Louis XV, the other son of king Louis-Philippe. These two weddings will be celebrated at the castle. The Princesses from the North come with the tradition of Christmas trees.
    From December 18 to 31 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., excluding on December 25 and on Tuesdays.
    Recommended to children from 4 to 10 years of age.
    Duration: 90 minutes

  • Concert by Les Amis de l'Orgue de Fontainebleau
    Sunday December 19, at 3 p.m.
    French Christmas in the 17th and 18th centuries. Sacred stories of Marc-Antoine Charpentier.
    Choir of Les Demoiselles de Corbeil, conducted by Sylvie Demay.
    Enjoy Arnaud Pumir at the continuo harpsichord and Gérard Sablier at the organs.
    Chapelle de la Trinité.

Horse-drawn carriage tours and train tours are available to see the park. Make the most of the occasion to enjoy a bark ride on the Etang aux carpes. The "Un palais pour l'Empereur, Napoléon Ier à Fontainebleau" exhibition is still running during the Holidays, do not miss it!

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 18 December 2021 to 2 January 2022



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