Candlelit evenings are coming back in 2019, from May 4 to October 5!

Our teams are currently preparing the next events: useful information on Candlelit evenings and the Charmilles restaurant will be available soon on this webpage!

To discover our Candlelit evenings, check out the 2018 information bellow!
(The following information is likely to change)


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.


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 will enjoy 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)



Dining Options

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€

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 11 PM. Champagne + macaroons (5) available for 24€.

Family restaurant at the Le Relais de l’Ecureuil

This cafeteria-style restaurant is located in a wing of the château which offers dining options for every budget. No reservation required.


 Getting here

The shuttle will run every saturday evening for candlelit evenings, from Verneuil l’Etang train station to the château.

New: Only during candlelit evenings, the last shuttle (11:30 PM) will drive you back to Paris Gare de Lyon. (provide for 20 minute walk from the “Miroir d’eau” to the parking / shuttle after the firework)


Useful information

The estate is open until midnight every Saturday from May 5 to October 6, 2018 for dinner and candlelit visit.  Visitors may purchase evening tickets on the day from 2:00 PM.  The ticket includes access to the château (Ground floor and underground), the gardens and the carriage museum. Last entry at 11:00 PM.
Caution: last access with a day ticket at 5 PM.

The fireworks takes place at 11 PM. Caution: for your security, part of the garden (behind the Tritons basins) will be closed to visit from 22:45 PM to 23:15 PM.



Adults (from 18 years old): 19,90 € / Reduced (students, job-seekers): 17,90€ / Children from 6 to 17: 14 €.
Free for children under 6












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