Celebrating Christmas in the Loire Valley Chateaux

For the festive season, the chateaux of the Loire Valley don their most resplendent finery. Christmas trees in all their guises, wonderful wreaths, fantastic beasts, and plenty of delicious treats all fill the chateaux with the magic of a Christmas fit for a king!

The Chateau de Chambord

Noel Chambord gardens© Léonard de Serres/Chateau de Chambord - Christmas at Chateau de Chambord.

The most majestic of the chateaux of the Loire Valley is offering a programme of events tailored to the end of the year. The magic of Christmas is present from the moment you enter the castle, with Christmas trees illuminating the alleys just before nightfall and glittering garlands adorning the French gardens. The Chateau de Chambord benefits from a rational lighting of its facades with LED bulbs. Throughout the tour, the atmosphere is festive and warm, starting with the double revolution staircase and the chapel, which are decorated for Christmas. Several activities are organised to enhance the visit: public readings of Christmas tales, meetings with Father Christmas, trumpet concerts, costumed parades, medieval and Renaissance dances, artistic fencing, period games such as the popular trou-madame, a derivative of billiards... not forgetting the Christmas show recounting the reign of François I with humour.

Visit the Chateau de Chambord (External link)
Christmas at Chambord, from 1 December 2022 to 2 January 2023.

The Chateau de Chenonceau

Christmas-in-chenonceau-castle-jean-christophe-coutand-Touraine-tourism©Jean-Christophe Coutand/Touraine Tourism - At Christmas, floral art is invited to the Château de Chenonceau.

The Château de Chenonceau has rarely lived up to its nickname of Château des Dames! Elegance, grace and fragrance are the order of the day for the Christmas festivities with a parade of queens in dresses, each more surprising than the last, just a few days before Christmas Eve. To celebrate the end of the year as it should be, the know-how of the Chenonceau floral workshop is on display in the residence of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Médicis. From room to room, the floral compositions created by the designer Jean François Boucher, Meilleur Ouvrier de France, are revealed. The visitor discovers tables decorated with moss, mushrooms and foliage, garnished with chocolate and decorated with candleholders.
Workshops on floral art and French savoir-vivre are also offered to give ideas for decorating and avoid any false notes during the Christmas meal.

Visit the Château de Chenonceau (External link)
Christmas in the land of castles, from 3 December 2022 to 2 January 2023.

The Chateau d'Amboise

Christmas 2022 Amboise Royal Castle© FSL/Une image à part - For the festive season, the Chateau d'Amboise is bringing Christmas Eve to life until the stroke of midnight.

In this castle which saw the growth of the future kings Charles VIII and François I, children's dreams are in the spotlight at the end of the year. The Chateau d'Amboise stages the night of Christmas until the 12 strokes of midnight so eagerly awaited by children (and adults)! A scenography specially designed for the festive period to be discovered with the family in the rooms of the monument overlooking the Loire.

Visit the Château d'Amboise (External link)
Christmas in the land of castles, from 3 December 2022 to 2 January 2023.

The Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau

What’s Christmas without its traditional sweet treats? At Azay-le-Rideau, your sweet tooth is the guest of honour! In addition to the treats laid out in every room, you can also discover the chateau’s collections from a gourmet perspective, with guided tours on the themes of chocolate’s introduction to France and Renaissance feasts. Don’t forget your goodie bag of spices and treats!

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Christmas in the land of castles, from 3 December 2022 to 2 January 2023.

The Royal Fortress of Chinon

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© ADT Touraine/JC Coutand - Christmas at the Royal Fortress of Chinon, in the Loire Valley.

Climbing over frog towers, fighting a dragon, saving a princess... During the festive season, the Royal Fortress of Chinon offers a spectacular scenography inspired by Christmas legends. Other activities are planned throughout the month of December: creative workshops for the little ones with the creation of Christmas cards and decorations made from natural materials, storytelling tours for older children and a new sober lighting of the castle to be admired in the evening.

Visit the Royal Fortress of Chinon (External link)
Christmas in the land of castles, from 3 December to 2 January 2023.

The Royal City of Loches

noel logis royal loches© ADT Touraine/JC Coutand - Christmas in the royal city of Loches, in the Loire Valley.

For the festive season, the Royal City of Loches plunges visitors into the world of Grinch, a grumpy character inspired by the Christmas tale How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Theodor Seuss, written in 1957. Visit the ground floor of the royal dwelling to discover a spectacular setting. The exhibition room in the dungeon is also dressed in Christmas clothes for the pleasure of children (and adults). Several activities are offered during the festive period, including storytelling in public, a night visit with Christmas concerts by the Tours symphony orchestra and a visit on the theme of winter in medieval times.

Visit the Royal City of Loches (External link)
Christmas in the land of castles, from 3 December 2022 to 2 January 2023.

The Chateau de Langeais

Noel Chateau-de Langeais Credit ADT Touraine JC-Coutand© ADT Touraine/JC Coutand - Christmas at the Château de Langeais, in the Loire Valley.

In Langeais, you can discover the treasures of a Medieval Christmas. Extraordinary dishes like pheasant and peacock – feathers and all! – will adorn the banquet table, while luxurious garments await their wearers in the chateau’s bedrooms. You can also admire the floral displays made especially for Christmas, including the opulently decorated Christmas tree in the feasting hall. A number of activities are on the Christmas agenda: learn calligraphy in the scribe class as you make your own Christmas card, or enjoy a storytelling walk with a guide in character.

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Christmas of lights from 3 December 2022 to 2 January 2023.

The Chateau de Villandry and its Gardens

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© The Chateau de Villandry and its gardens - A floral Christmas at Villandry Chateau in the Loire Valley.

Get ready for a family Christmas with the Carvallos, owners of the Chateau de Villandry since the early 20th century. In a warm and inviting atmosphere, you can enjoy a festive ambience with nature at its core: the gardens are a must. After a storytelling tour of the chateau on the trail of Célestine, you can head out into the gardens and admire the mosaics of ornamental cabbages and leeks, or the decorative hedges and sculpted yews. Magical!

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Christmas activities at the Château de Villandry from 3 December 2022 to 2 January 2023.

The Chateau du Clos Lucé

Château du Clos Lucé Parc Leonardo da Vinci Photo Léonard de Serres© Léonard de Serres / Château du Clos Lucé Parc Leonardo da Vinci in Amboise, in the Loire Valley.

Christmas decorations in Leonardo da Vinci's last home, a carriage ride in the park with explanations from a guide dressed as Leonardo da Vinci followed by hot chocolate, painting workshops on Christmas ornaments or greeting cards, creation of a perfume with the scent of Christmas, the end of the year promises to be magical at the Château du Clos Lucé. The festivities will culminate on 27 December with a performance of a musical comedy dedicated to children with improvisations and visual arts.

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The Christmas festivities at the Chateau du Clos Lucé, from 1 to 31 December 2022.

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