Candlelit evenings are back every Saturday until October 3, 2021!

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.


New! This year, the water show will be running during candlelit evenings, before sunset.

To end this magical evening, fireworks are displayed every Saturday night to the enchanting sound of the Gold and Silver waltz by Franz Lehar.


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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.

(Caution : after the fireworks, you may anticipate 20 minutes walking from the Water Mirror to the parking lot to take the 11.30 shuttle to Paris Gare de Lyon)



Privatisation of the dôme with champagne!

Vue du dôme, vue du bassin, Lourdel et ChicurelEnjoy a unique romantic and intimate moment at the top of the monument with a magical view over the candlelit estate, while 2000 candles illuminate the French formal garden as the sun sets…

Is there a more unique experience? Yes! Book the 11 PM timeslot and launch the fireworks yourself!

A head waiter will be serving glasses of champagne as you enjoy this VIP and timeless moment… (One bottle of Duval-Leroy champagne per privatisation)

How to book? Contact our commercial manager by mail by clicking the following button:

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Dining Options during the candlelit evenings

Fine dining at Les Charmilles 

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).

New! Jean de la Fontaine’s table

In the famous formal garden, enjoy a unique menu inspired by the Grand Siècle gastronomy around friendly and convivial tables with your friends and family while admiring the candlelit estate. 49€ per adult, 25€ per child. Online booking to come.


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.


 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 5 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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