A royal Christmas

The Loire Valley castles in the Christmas atmosphere

Enchanting decorations for enchanting castles

December in the castles of the Loire Valley is synonymous with Holidays! The great castles, open all year round, are adorned at Christmas time with their most beautiful finery. A destination to discover with the whole family. From the gardens to the dining rooms of the royal residences, spend an exquisite and timeless moment.

Enchanting decorations for enchanting castles

All year round, the castles themselves are already a dream setting, so how can we not melt when we talk about the Christmas festivities in the Loire castles? We can already see each other as a family as we stroll through the gardens dotted with decorations, thousands of gifts in the vegetable garden of Château de Cheverny, a forest of illuminated fir trees in Chambord, attentions in the rooms of Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire, itself dressed in coloured lights from nightfall.

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Animations and Christmas exhibitions in the castles of the Loire Valley

During all school holidays, the children will prepare a programme of activities for you. We have to keep the parents busy, waiting for Christmas and even after! At the Royal Castle of Blois, the exhibition on the dresses of princesses and queens will delight all generations. In the rooms of the castle historical scenes are reconstructed. Come to Cheverny Castle to celebrate festivities full of tradition, with the Lego exhibition on the Renaissance as a bonus.

To continue this osmosis between parents and children, go to the Château de Chambord for a magical tour with decorations and old games. Who knows, in one of the 440 rooms of the castle you may find Santa Claus...

At Chaumont-sur-Loire Castle, nature and art remain at the heart of Christmas decorations, with creative workshops for children in addition.

In Amboise, Château-Gaillard offers you the Christmas of the Orange Trees: Christmas visit of the castle, every day at 3pm (without reservation), workshop reading Christmas Tales at the foot of the Christmas tree every day at 3pm, then magical laser illuminations on the façade of the Château from 5pm.


At the castle of Blois

Enchanted atmosphere of fairy tale heroines, in a setting sublimated by Christmas trees and lights, from 7/12 to 5/1. Christmas Tales to awaken the imagination, from 21/12 to 5/1. Family visit "À toi la vie de Château à Noël", on 14 and 15/12 and from 21/12 to 5/1. 2 exceptional evenings (27/12 and 3/1) "Les nuits de fêtes à la Cour de Catherine de Médicis", with dancers, magician, perfumer in Her Majesty's apartments, which will end with a Renaissance style tasting! Historical selfie with Santa Claus, on the 14th, 15th, 23rd and 24th of December.

From December 7 to January 5, 2020

Castle closed on December 25th and January 1st.

Christmas at the castle of Blois

At the castle of Chambord

Majestic decorations, wooden and board games. "Fir trees of genius": choose the most beautiful tree of the exhibition (prizes to be won!), from December 1st.

On December 14 and 15 and from December 21 to January 5: characters in costume, Renaissance music and dance, introductions to dance and poetry, storytelling, nature activities, creative workshops, meetings with Santa Claus, trumpet concerts and many other surprises

New in 2019: a new decor for its 500th anniversary. Scenography by Jacques Garcia: luxurious mobile decors and textiles evoking the atmosphere of Chambord at a time when the king and his court were constantly on the move. Illuminations.

From December 1 to January 5, 2020.

Castle closed on December 25th and January 1st.

Christmas at the castle of Chambord

At the castle of Chaumont

Majestic decorations throughout the castle as winter sets unfold.

Creative workshops for children every afternoon during the Christmas holidays: creation of enchanting mobiles and wonderful Christmas stories.

Winter gardens: three different gardens under glass to stroll, sheltered from the cold, between tree ferns, camphor trees, palm trees, cacti, papyrus and many other exotic plants...

Chaumont-Photo-sur-Loire at the Centre d'Arts et de Nature: winter exhibitions devoted to photography in the castle and farm yard. Great photographers look at the landscape and nature.

Castle closed on December 25th and January 1st.

Christmas at the castle of Chaumont

At the castle of Cheverny

Many beautiful Christmas decorations, an enticing table of delicacies, a delicious festive atmosphere await you. 1st Sunday in December: workshops on "The art of receiving or etiquette à la Française" and "The art of receiving in the Renaissance", in the dining room of the castle, from 10am to 12pm and from 2pm to 5pm. Christmas tasting on the 2nd Sunday in December (free access for visitors to the castle) with Santa Claus present, story readings... The 3rd weekend of December: event around the Christmas delicacies. But also: the Renaissance! History in LEGO® Bricks, the new exhibition that "plays" with the Château de Cheverny and its treasures!

From December 1 to January 13, 2020, open even December 25 and January 1

Christmas at the castle of Cheverny



The city of Blois goes to Des Lyres d'Hiver

The installations

In Blois, every year the month of December means Holidays! Find the Luge routes and the ice rink (Place de la République, from December 7 to January 5) as well as the creative workshops for children, Place Louis XII and the little Christmas train. It will go through the pedestrian streets from November 30. Santa Claus will meet the children from December 1 to 24 throughout the city and will meet you at Place Louis XII.

The animations

Enjoy the highlights of the launch of the illuminations on Saturday, November 30 at 6 p.m. (from the Place de la Résistance) with the travelling show Le Bal Russe. The Salon des métiers d'art (6-7-8 Dec Halle aux grains), the Happy Christmas ice rink show (Sat. 7 Dec. 17:15 and 18:30).

Don't miss the opening of the Maison de la Magie in the afternoons with original shows in Blois (from 21 to 30 December 2pm-6pm) and fun visits or entertainment in the city.

For the chilly, go to the cinema Les Lobis, 4 cartoons for 3 -12 year olds await you.

NEW: The Children's Village on December 14 and 15, Place Louis XII.

Download the entire Des Lyres d'Hiver 2019 program



- The beautiful shops of the castles

- The shops in the city centre of Blois and ephemeral shops

-  Maison des Artisans d'art du Loir-et-Cher, Le Bel Hiver des Créateurs, on Fridays and Saturdays from 2pm to 7pm, from 22 November to 28 December.

- Les Vins du Coin exhibition, Saturday 7 December at the Royal Castle of Blois (10am-7pm)

- Salon des artisans d'art du Loir-et-Cher, from December 6 to 8 at the Halle aux Grains

- Association Christmas market, Jorge Semprun area, Sunday, December 1, 10am-6pm

- The St Nicolas Fair, Sunday, December 8

- Producers' market Welcome to the Farm, December 21-22, 10am-6pm

- Blois-Chambord stays in gift boxes and Castle Pass sold by the Tourist Office.

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