VLV en lumières

Vaux-le-Vicomte celebrates Christmas!

The gardens of the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, southwest of Paris, are decorated from November 20, 2021 to January 2, 2022 with thousands of garlands and lights. The promise of an enchanted interlude for the end of year celebrations.

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Imagine a fairytale castle, with 33 hectares of formal gardens to stroll around, designed by famous gardener André Le Nôtre and full of ornamental ponds and fountains, decked out withenchanting illuminations and audacious decorations. The Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, which inspired the design of the Château de Versailles, transforms into a magical palace for the Christmas holidays.

Pomp and circumstance

As soon as night falls, the gardens light up with thousands of fairy lights twinkling in the box trees and topiary under the watchful eye of a 5 m-tall squirrel, the symbol of the château’s first owner, Nicolas Fouquet. As a monumental projection that blends seamlessly into the architecture and decorations transforms the façade of the castle into a dreamscape full of animated images, inside, the visit is punctuated by sumptuous banquets, dazzling receptions and dances. The glow of the chimney fires and the sweet aromas of cinnamon, honey and orange add the finishing touches to this old-world atmosphere, all to the strains of baroque music. And because Christmas is a time for giving, all children aged 3 to 12 will be given a surprise gift as a souvenir of their magical day!

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77950 Maincy

Days and opening hours

From 20/11/2021 to 02/01/2022, daily except on bank holidays. From 20 November to 17 December: open from Wednesday to Sunday - weekdays: from 2pm to 6.45pm - the estate closes at 7.45pm - weekends: from 11am to 6.45pm - the estate closes at 7.45pm
Christmas holidays 18 December to 2 January : - every day from 11am to 6.45pm - estate closes at 7.45pm - (except on 24 & 31 December: from 11am to 4.45pm - closes at 5.45pm). Closed on 25 December and 1 January.


  • Free entry for children < 6 years.
    Visit of the château and the domain: - adult rate: 19,90€ / child rate: 15€. Visit of the gardens (animations, afternoon treat for children and outdoor mapping) : - adult price: 15€ / child price: 14€. Reservation required Free parking.


Spoken languages

  • French
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