Candlelit evenings


The Candlelit Evenings season is over.
2023 opening dates: Saturdays from 20th May to 30th September and Fridays from July to August.


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! Every Saturday from May 14 to October 1, 2022, 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.


The water show will take place during every candlelit evening of Vaux-le-Vicomte (every Saturday from May 14 to October 1, 2022). The water show takes place from 4pm to 5:30pm.



Feu d'artifice au château durant les soirées aux chandellesA gold and silver firework!

Since 2021, 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…

The firework is launched at 10.15 PM.


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 for a dinner just for 2 !


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 our candlelit evenings, privatize this area for a romantic and gastronomic dinner just for two! A unique and magical moment to celebrate at the top of the castle ! You will also have the priviledge to launch yourself the Fireworks from the Dôme!

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Dinning 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 66.50€, 88.50€ and Children’s Menu at 28.50€. 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€.


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

To know more about our shuttles.

Free parkings are available at the entrance of the estate. 

How to come to Vaux-le-Vicomte?


Important information

Dates: every Saturday from May 14 to October 1, 2022. Opening of the estate from 2 PM to 10:30 PM(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 10:15 PM from September 3 to October 1, 2022. They last 10 minutes. The show can be cancelled or delayed in case of bad weather. 


Book online your château + garden ticket

Book online your garden only ticket 


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