Our candlelit evenings will start again on May 14, 2022!
Booking a timeslot online is mandatory to visit the château.
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, plus Fridays from July 8 to August 26, 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.
NEW! For the first time, the candlelit evenings of Vaux-le-Vicomte will not only take place on Saturdays (from May 14 to October 1, 2022), but also on Fridays from July 8 to August 27, 2022!
* 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, AND every Friday from July 8 to August 27, 2022). The water show takes place at sunset:
- From May 14 to July 30: from 7.30 PM to 9 PM
- From August 6 to October 1: from 6.30 PM to 8 PM
A 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…
From May 14 to August 27, the firework is launched at 11 PM. From September 3 to October 1, the firework is launched at 10.155 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 !
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
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.
On fridays from july 8th to august 26th, we propose the table of jean de La Fontaine
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.
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?
Dates: every Saturday from May 14 to October 1, 2022, plus Fridays from July 8 to August 26. 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 11 PM from May 14 to August 27, then 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