Noël au pays des châteaux© (Christmas in the land of châteaux)

Christmas in the land of châteaux Christmas in the land of châteaux

From the beginning of December to the beginning of January, five great châteaux of the Loire Valley get into the festive spirit with special tours and events: it’s “Christmas in the land of châteaux©“! A perfect opportunity for you and your family to discover a unique heritage along with the magic of Christmas and all its traditions.

Christmas at the royal chateau of Amboise

The “Christmas through the centuries” exhibition enables visitors to the Château Royal d’Amboise to learn how Christmas celebrations have changed over the centuries: carols, crib scenes, Christmas logs, Christmas trees, baubles, gifts... just some of the many traditions whose origins are sometimes unknown. The crackle of a log fire and the scents of fir trees rekindle the magic of the season and visitors to the château gaze in awe at the myriad colours of the monumental Neapolitan nativity scenes and the glass baubles and fabric bows on the 19th century Christmas trees. This year’s theme is the journey of the Magi and the château is also organising a number of magical events for children: shows, a special family guided tour and story-telling.

Practical: Christmas through the centuries
Christmas at the royal chateau of Amboise. Loire Valley, France

Christmas at the chateau of Azay-le-Rideau

Of all the pleasures associated with the Christmas period, gorging on sweet treats is high on the list... And that’s perfect because, during the “Christmas in the land of châteaux” festivities, the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau will be chock-full of chocolate and sweets! As you tour the rooms - the Great Hall, the kitchen, the dining room... - the “Sweets and chocolate” exhibition, organised by and for chocoholics, will immerse you in a wonderfully festive atmosphere, here in this little Renaissance gem. A programme of mouth-watering activities (particularly chocolate tasting sessions) will also be available. Enjoy irresponsibly!

Practical: Sweets and chocolate
Christmas at the chateau of Azay-le-Rideau

Christmas at the chateau of Chenonceau

The team from the Château de Chenonceau’s floral workshop are busy all year round creating floral decorations for the château’s rooms. Now, they are pulling out all the stops to recreate the magic of the festive period using amazing plant and floral arrangements and enormous, lavishly decorated Christmas trees. The grand gallery, Louise de Lorraine’s black bedroom, the kitchens... all areas which are open to the public are imbued with Christmas spirit thanks to these beautiful and original arrangements, which are designed afresh each year.       

Practical: Christmas at Chenonceau
Christmas at the chateau of Chenonceau. Loire Valley, France

Christmas at the royal fortress of Chinon

Christmas trees are just green, traditional and conventional, aren’t they? Certainly not at the Forteresse Royale de Chinon! During the “Christmas in the land of châteaux” festivities, the monument is decorated with dozens of Christmas trees of all kinds, right up to the most original and contemporary. And the result? An amazing, entertaining and delightful tour in this cradle of French medieval history! 

Practical: O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree
Christmas at the royal fortress of Chinon. Loire Valley, France

Christmas at the chateau of Langeais

A riot of lights! To celebrate “Christmas in the land of châteaux”, the Château de Langeais will be ablaze with light throughout December. From the courtyard to the interiors, countless lights will set the château aglow and showcase the magnificent floral arrangements which adorn the château’s rooms and grand reception halls. And, of course, there will be the lofty apple-bedecked Christmas tree in pride of place in the banqueting hall, where the grand dining table will shine with a thousand lights. During the Christmas holidays, the château is transformed into a magical setting for family entertainment.

Practical: A thousand festive lights
Christmas at the chateau of Langeais. Loire Valley, France
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