Candlelight Evenings

Every Saturday from 1st June to 28th September.

Soirée aux chandelles

Practical Information

Dates: Every Saturday from June 1st to September 28th.

Schedule: From 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm (last access to ticket office).


  • Full price (including Castle & Gardens): €22
  • Reduced rate (children from 6 to 17 years old, students, job seekers) including Castle & Gardens: €17.50
  • Gardens-only rate: €16
  • Free for children under 6 years old

Restaurant Offer: The Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte offers a diverse dining experience, composed of fresh and local products.

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An enchanted evening by Candlelight

As the first castle, since 1980, to offer nighttime visits by candlelight, Vaux-le-Vicomte provides a dreamlike and unique experience: starting at 5:30 pm, a visit to the castle in soft light, and at nightfall, the gardens illuminated by numerous candles!

Rediscover the 33 hectares of French gardens created by Le Nôtre, the wonderful architecture of Le Vau, and the sumptuous paintings of Le Brun under the flickering light of 2000 candles… Recapture, for an evening, some of the magic of the famous celebration of August 17, 1661.

A refined romantic dinner, water games in the basins, a champagne bar, and a fireworks display complete this delightful timeless evening.

In case of inclement weather, our teams will do their utmost to ensure a partial lighting of the candles and guarantee the fireworks display (except in cases of force majeure and threats to public safety).


Water games in the gardens

The water games will take place during each candlelit evening from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm*.

* Depending on the available water reserves.


Immersive Projection in the Grand Salon

The Palace of the Sun, Le Brun – Starting at 5:30 pm (continuous).

Visitors can discover the digital restoration of the immense 380 m² painting that Charles Le Brun had planned for this ceiling and be mesmerized by the work that builds and comes to life before their eyes.




A fireworks display of gold and silver!

A true spectacle that concludes each candlelit evening: a series of pyrotechnic scenes retracing the celebration of August 17, 1661, thanks to the letter written by La Fontaine to his friend Maucroix!

For the occasion, André Dussollier, the famous French actor, lends his voice to Jean de La Fontaine, to transport the visitor 360 years back to this famous and sumptuous evening…

The fireworks display starts at 11:00 pm.


A varied dining offer

During the candlelit evenings, the estate offers a quality dining experience. Enjoy a gourmet dinner at the Charmilles restaurant, with a view of the castle and gardens lit by candlelight, a convivial meal at the Relais de l’Écureuil, comfortably seated at the Songe de Vaux with a glass of champagne and macarons while listening to baroque music, or in the gardens enjoying a delicious picnic. Each visitor experiences magical moments, contemplating the harmony of a complete 17th-century work of art.

Discover the dining offer of the estate here.



Privatize the dome to share a unique moment for 2!

Culminating at over 25 meters high and offering a breathtaking 360° view of the estate, the dome provides an exceptional spectacle. A unique and magical moment to celebrate together at the top of the château! You’ll also have the privilege of launching the fireworks yourself from the Dome, while enjoying a glass of champagne!

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Shuttles Departing from Paris and Melun

During each candlelit evening, shuttles are provided from Paris and Melun.

Free parking is available at the entrance to the estate.

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