Celebrate Christmas at the Château de Fontainebleau

Du 9 December
au 31 December

Music at the chateau

Christmas in the Castle!
Christmas Concert of the Balthasar Neumann Choir and Ensemble 

A musical and festive journey through countries and eras, from Baroque masters to English and American Christmas carols with jazzy sounds.

At court, when the sovereign appeared for an event, his entry was announced by trumpets and timpani. True to this tradition, the Christmas concert will open with brass bands. This will be followed by emblematic Baroque works combining singing and instrumental music. Finally, the “Brass Band” of the Balthasar Neumann ensemble will perform jazz versions of classic Christmas carols!


Direction : Thomas Hengelbrock & Moritz Görg

5 singers and 18 musicians (trumpets, trombones, timpani, organ)

From 8 years old and up.
Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 11 at 3 p.m.
Trinity Chapel
Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Rate: €26, €15 with reduced price. This price includes access to the concert and to the chateau tour circuit on the day of the concert before 4:15 p.m. 

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Concert of the Friends of the Organ of Fontainebleau

Christmas concert “Les Demoiselles de Corbeil” (dir. Sylvie Demay)
Arnaud Pumir, continuo & Gérard Sablier, organ

Sunday, December 18 at 3 p.m.
Trinity Chapel, access via the Cour d’Honneur
Duration: 1 hour
Rate: €10 | €7 reduced price 
Reservations: On-site only, before the concert

Christmas for Families

Christmas show “Sur le dos de la Mer”, based on Homer’s Odyssey

Travel to the heart of Greek mythology and the storyof the hero of the Odyssey: the adventurous Ulysses!

Is there a more famous literary work than Homer’s Odyssey? 24 songs, 8,000 verses, and as many characters as interpretations! And yet, if it were enough, to rediscover it, to return this masterpiece of world literature to its original form? That of a tale. With its music, acting and lights, it is a tale in all its simplicity but also its modernity. It is offered to you through this original creation by a talented theatrical company that brings the theatre to you!

La Cour des Contes company
Created by Arthur Binois and Guillermo Van der Borght
With the staging assistance of Rachid Bouali

6 years old and up
From December 18 to 31 
Every day, except December 20, 25 and 27, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
December 24 and 31 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Duration: 55 minutes
Rate: €20 with entry ticket to the chateau, €9 reduced price
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Family visit “Princesses from the Cold”

Discover the story of Marie Leszcynska and Hélène de Mecklenburg-Schwerin, two princesses from the North who, by marrying at Fontainebleau King Louis XV and the son of King Louis-Philippe, the Duke of Orléans, brought the tradition of Christmas trees to the court of France.

From 6 years old and up
Every day, except December 25 and Tuesdays
Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes 
Rate: €18 with entry ticket to the chateau, €5 with reduced pricing

Costume rental: walk through the chateau dressed just like the sovereigns!

The company Les Arlequins offers you a unique experience! Discover the chateau while dressed in period costumes and fully experience your travel into the heart of history.

From December 18 to December 31, every day except December 25 and Tuesdays
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last rental at 4:15 p.m.)
Rate: €12, €8 for children under 12 years old
Reservations: on-site only on the day of your visit

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The chateau is open every day except Tuesday, January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.
From October to March: 9.30 am to 5 pm (last access at 4.15 pm).
From April to September: 9.30 am to 6 pm (last access at 5.15 pm).

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