Our candlelit evenings are over for 2021; they will start again on May 14, 2022!

Booking a timeslot online is mandatory to visit the château.

Soirée aux chandelles

A night out of time and history

Since 1980, the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte proposes to the visitors a dreamlike and unique experience: the candlelit visit of the château and its gardens! Rediscover the 33 hectares of formal gardens created by André Le Nôtre, the marvellous architecture of Louis Le Vau and Charles Le Brun’s sumptuous paintings by the flickering lights of 2 000 candles…*

First château to propose candlelit visits, Vaux-le-Vicomte invites you to a night out of time and history, to recapture the magic of the famous party of August 17, 1661.

* For safety reasons and to protect the monument, the natural lightening is sometimes recreated with artificial candles inside the château.


Water show: the fountains of the garden will be turned on during every candlelit evening, during 1h30 at sunset!



Feu d'artifice au château durant les soirées aux chandelles A new firework!

To honour the 400th anniversary of Jean de La Fontaine, Fouquet’s loyal friend, the estate produces a new show which will end every candlelit evening: a set of pyrotechnic scenes recounting the August 17, 1661 party thanks to the letter written by La Fontaine to his friend Maucroix!
For the occasion, André Dussollier, the famous French actor, gives his voice to Jean de La Fontaine, to transport the visitor 360 years ago, during this famous and lavish evening…


A romantic moment to share

Over a fine dinner at the Charmilles restaurant, overlooking the enlightened château and formal gardens, for a simpler meal at the Relais de l’Ecureuil or quietly installed at the Songe de Vaux with a champagne glass and macaroons listening to baroque music ; each visitor enjoys magical moments, contemplating the harmony of a complete work of art of the 17th century.



Privatisation of the dôme with champagne! [FULL]


privatisation dôme soirée aux chandelles

Culminating at more than 25 meters above the ground and providing a 360° breath-taking view over the estate, the dôme offers an exceptional sight. For the first time, during Saturday candlelit evenings, privatize this area for a romantic dinner for two or a magical moment at candle light, during the firework, accompagnied by champagne served by a maître d’hôtel.

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Dining Options during the candlelit evenings

Fine dining at Les Charmilles FULL

Adding to your visual pleasure, this pop-up restaurant overlooking the gardens offers a creative and refined cuisine. Menus at 64.50€, 81€ and Children’s Menu at 25.00€ (2019 prices). Four services. Duration: 1h30.

This restaurant is opened only during candlelit evenings and is quickly sold out ; it is highly recommended to book it in advance.


Champagne and macaroons at Le Songe de Vaux

Located on the Grilles d’eau, this option allows guest to relax in deck chairs while sipping champagne and nibbling macaroons. Closure at 10:30 PM. Glass of Champagne at 14€, fruit cocktail at 9€ and macarons at 10€ (2019 prices).


Picnic in the garden

Bring your own picnic and dine in the different authorized areas around the Grand Canal and in the Alexander’s Parterre. Caution: every exit is final. Areas marked on the spot.

Be careful! Any exit from the estate is final. Plan to take a backpack for more comfort during your visit, there is no locker available on the estate.


 Getting here

Due to Covid-19, the shuttle isn’t running for now. 

Free parkings are available at the entrance of the estate. 

How to come to Vaux-le-Vicomte?


Important information

Dates: every Saturday until October 3, 2020. Opening of the estate from midday to midnight (candlelit evening begins at 7 PM). 

In order to visit the château’s interior, booking a timeslot is mandatory. 

Garden only: 15€ per person over 6, 5€ for disabled persons. 

Fireworks are launched at 11 PM and last 10 minutes. The show can be cancelled or delayed in case of bad weather. 


Consult the prices here


You bought your ticket before Covid-19 and it’s undated? It is still valid for the night of your choice, October 3 included! Our agents will attribute you a timeslot on the spot. 



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