Candlelit evenings at Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte
A midsummer night's dream
Imagine a fairy-tale château, lakes, fountains and 33 hectares of French gardens created by famous gardener André Le Nôtre, perfect for meandering. All under the enchanting, flickering light of 2,000 candles! Every summer, the candlelit evenings create even more of a buzz around the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte which inspired the Château de Versailles into being. They conjure up the lavish celebration thrown on 17 August 1661 by Nicolas Fouquet, Superintendent of Finances for King Louis XIV and owner of the estate. The celebration was so lavish that, jealous of the opulence, the Sun King locked Fouquet up for life. But that's another story.
The evening ends with a gold and silver fireworks display to the rhythm of the waltzes. Immerse yourself in an absolutely magical 17th-century evening, comfortably seated at the Les Charmilles restaurant facing the illuminated garden and château or ensconced in the garden's Songe de Vaux bar with a glass of Champagne and macarons.
And for the very first time, the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte invites you to celebrate July 14th at Nicolas Fouquet's Palace! On Monday 13 July, a visit of the château and the gardens lit by candlelight, decorated with a blue-white-red surprise, is organised. To end this extraordinary evening, a gold and silver fireworks display will also be fired from the Bassin de la couronne at 11pm, to the lively sound of a waltz by Franz Léhar… An evening and a national holiday that should leave a lasting impression!
Days and opening hours
From 04/07 to 11/07/2020, every Saturday between 7 pm and 12 am. Monday 13 July 2020 between 7 pm and 12 am. From 18⁄07 to 03/10/2020, every Saturday between 7 pm and 12 am.
- From 04/07 to 11/07/2020 Full price: 12.50 € (Garden only), Reduced price: 17.90 € (Available to job seekers), Adult: 19.90 € (Castle and garden), Child : 14 € (Ticket valid for one visit only.), Student: 17.90 €. 13/07/2020 Full price: 12.50 € (Garden only), Reduced price: 17.90 €, Adult: 19.90 € (Castle and garden), Child : 14 €, Student: 17.90 €. From 18⁄07 to 03/10/2020 Full price: 12.50 € (Garden only), Reduced price: 17.90 €, Adult: 19.90 € (Castle and garden), Child : 14 €, Student: 17.90 €. Free entry for children < 6 years. Child entry valid for 6 - 17 years.