Every Saturday evening from May 5  to October 6, 2018, visitors may experience the 17th century château and its Jardins à la française by the flickering lights of 2 000 candles.  An enchanting and romantic evening that will give visitors a new perspective on the estate.

Chandelles 2018 50ans d'ouverture au public


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! 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.


The must-see

A gold and silver firework will end each evening! To honour the 50th anniversary of the château’s Opening to the Public (1968-2018), a giant “50” will enlighten the sky every Saturday at 11 PM as a tribute to the Vogüé family’s perseverance and the faithfulness of the public which has ensured the protection and transmission of the château for half a century.


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 will enjoy magical moments, contemplating the harmony of a complete work of art of the 17th century.

(Caution : after the fireworks, you may anticipate 20 minutes walking from the Water Mirror to the parking lot to take the 11.30 shuttle to Paris Gare de Lyon)


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(Tickets are only valid on Saturday during the candlelit evening 2018 and can’t be refunded)



Dining Options

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 59.50€, 76€ and Children’s Menu at 25.00€

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 11 PM. Champagne + macaroons (5) available for 24€.

Family restaurant at the Le Relais de l’Ecureuil

This cafeteria-style restaurant is located in a wing of the château which offers dining options for every budget. No reservation required.


Book online

(Tickets are only valid on Saturday during the candlelit evening 2018 and can’t be refunded)


 Getting here

The shuttle will run every saturday evening for candlelit evenings, from Verneuil l’Etang train station to the château.

New: Only during candlelit evenings, the last shuttle (11:30 PM) will drive you back to Paris Gare de Lyon. (provide for 20 minute walk from the “Miroir d’eau” to the parking / shuttle after the firework)


Useful information

The estate is open until midnight every Saturday from May 5 to October 6, 2018 for dinner and candlelit visit.  Visitors may purchase evening tickets on the day from 2:00 PM.  The ticket includes access to the château (Ground floor and underground), the gardens and the carriage museum. Last entry at 11:00 PM.
Caution: last access with a day ticket at 5 PM.

The fireworks take place at 11 PM. Caution: for your security, part of the garden (behind the Tritons basins) will be closed to visit from 22:45 PM to 23:15 PM.

Good to know: to avoid queuing at the gates of the estate at the  end of the fireworks, feel free to enjoy a last wander in the gardens or a last visit of the château and / or Carriage Museum (open to 23.30 PM).


Adults (from 18 years old) : 19,50 € / Reduced (students, job-seekers) : 17,50€ / Children from 6 to 17 : 13,50 €.
Garden only : 15€
Free for children under 6
















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(Tickets can be used during any Saturday candlelit evening of the year 2018)

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