[New!] A video mapping on the château
A marvelous, colorful universe
The château of a thousand-and-one colors
An illuminated fairytale garden
A Christmas of solidarity: the wish tree
The good idea!
Useful information and visit tips
Important: before coming, please read the useful information at the end of this page!
This year, the estate will present a monumental projection covering the entire façade of the château!
Perfectly conforming to the architecture and the decoration of the façade, this custom made mapping transforms the edifice into a dreamlike universe…
Thanks to the animated images and the sound track that goes with it, 5 scenes evoke and reinterpret in a poetic, artistic way, key moments in the history of Vaux-le-Vicomte. The sculptures, architecture and details of the monument are sublimated by the 3D effects of the innovative illuminations, against music blending baroque and contemporary, and various sound effects.
The projection, lasting a total of 8 minutes, runs every day, every 30 minutes from sun set to 7 PM.
(Photo from 2018. Official pictures for 2019 available soon)
From the moment you arrive, discover the Carriage museum entirely transformed into a fairytale world smelling of strawberries and frost-covered
pine trees. Pink, yellow and blue succeed one another in marvelous equestrian scenes, exotic moving bears and a frosty world. The last room of the museum is visited in black light (ultraviolet), rendering seemingly enchanted carriages phosphorescent.
Christmas trees, presents and garlands of lights decorate the Carriage museum courtyard, the Cour d’honneur and the façade of Nicolas Fouquet’s Palace, to enchant visitors of all ages. The walk leading to the entrance of the château is framed by lighted Christmas trees, a magic road toward a fantasy universe…
In the château, the reception rooms flow one into another with no two alike: the Great Square Antechamber proposes a warm atmosphere of autumnal tones, whereas the Muses bedchamber glitters with a thousand silver decorations. In the Games Parlor, a tea room is installed, decorated with unique creations in chocolate imagined by the Comptoir du Cacao, while there is a magnificent Christmas table set by Villeroy & Boch, all in crimson red in the Hercules Antechamber.
The Grand Salon, the central room of the château, is also its most dazzling masterpiece: discover a never-before-seen pyramidal, revolving manger scene, entirely gilded, and 8 meters-high. This German inspiration monumental edifice overlooks more than 60 gilded pines, among which amber colored animals from the Maison Michel Taillis are hidden.
Crossing the King’s bedchamber, decorated in various shades of green, and the frosty universe of the Dining room, finish the visit of the monument with the lower ground floorl which presents the estate of Vaux-le-Vicomte—in cake! The château, a sculpture-cake 1.2 meters high is signed Bastien Blanc Tailleur, and the delicious chocolate French formal garden by Comptoir du Cacao. As for the kitchens, they are transformed by a marvelous exhibition of sweet treats in pink thanks to Maison Fossier.
Over all the château, real fires in the chimneys and Christmas songs will complete the magic, timeless ambiance…
Once in the garden, the surprises are only beginning: the château has magnificent outdoor decorations including a brand-new, redecorated parterre of flowers.
A 5 meter-high squirrel—emblem of the first owner of the estate, Nicolas Fouquet— welcomes every visitor, surrounded by giant lighted Christmas trees.
Food stands proposing Christmas specialties will provide opportunity for a cozy pause on weekends and during school holidays. Wooden will also be at your disposal, free of charge, to the delight of great and small.
In the gardens, children under the age of 6 will receive a PAPO gift-surprise, a lovely souvenir of this magic day. Children from 7 to 17 will receive a chocolate biscuit from Maison Fossier! Every day until 31 December, two golden hazelnuts hidden in the gardens will allow the luckiest among visitors to win a bag of decorations by Noël Goodwill!
To pursue this marvelous adventure, carriage rides are proposed in the gardens à la française (extra charge).
At nightfall, the garden is illuminated by thousands of garlands of lights, making the boxwood and topiaries shimmer in their light. The new work of art on the boulingrins, Ephemeral Ribbons by Patrick Hourcade, will be emphasized by enchanted lighting…
Vaux-le-Vicomte will join with the Croix Rouge to provide a beautiful Christmas for all children: during this event, children are invited to bring a present to the Croix Rouge stand at the entry to the estate. Each child who donates a present will be awarded a colourful ribbon to hang on a wish Christmas tree. The presents collected by the Croix Rouge in Seine-et-Marne, will be wrapped and given to disadvantaged children and their families, who will be invited free of charge by the estate on Saturday, January 4, to spend a magic, privileged moment.
Did you know? Melchior de Vogüé, the great-grandfather of Patrice de Vogüé, founded the Comité Central de la Croix Rouge Française, serving as its president until his death in 1916.
Come to visit the château during the week (from Wednesday to Friday) before December 21 and enjoy FREE COSTUME rental for all children (< 18 years old) from November 27 to December 20.
After Christmas, the Three Kings!
From January 2 to 5, 2020, Vaux-le-Vicomte invites visitors to celebrate the Magi. A large favor in the shape of a squirrel, hidden in the gardens, will allow a lucky visitor every day to win a Three-Kings cake, made by the Pastry Chef of the château!
Book your ticket online HERE to enjoy a quicker access during rush hours! (for your comfort, please download your tickets on your cell phone or print them before your visit)
A quick counter will be available during weekends and school holidays to reduce your waiting in line.
Did you know? All illuminations are lit from 11 AM onwards! Moreover, inside the château, shutters are closed in order to allow a magical visit, during day or night. We advise our visitors to enjoy gardens during daylight, before admiring the illuminations and video mapping at nightfall.
November 23 – December 22: Wednesday to Sunday, 11 AM to 6 PM
December 22 to January 5: every day, 11 AM to 6 PM (closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day)
Please note that on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve the last entry is at 4.45 PM.
Visit of the estate*:
* Visit includes the château, the Carriage Museum and the gardens and illuminations
Supplement for horse-drawn carriage rides: 3€ for children (under 11) and 5 € for over 11 and adults. Only cash accepted, no booking. Times: 11.30 AM to 5 PM (last departure). Under availability and according to weather conditions.
Photos represent previous editions of Christmas and are non contractual
The Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte warmly thanks its partners: