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Chartres Light Show

Chartres’ cathedral © Scénographie : Spectaculaires, Allumeurs d’images – Photo : Ville de Chartres – Studio Martino

During Chartres Light Show, every night from sunset to 01:00am, magic happens and Chartres heritage is light up.

Chartres Light Show, what is it ?

This show puts music and lights up the Chartrain heritage. There are around twenty sites and monuments, from the lower town to the upper town, which are adorned with a thousand colors and come to life. The scenographers take you to discover the history of Chartres but also many other universes throughout these evenings…

Once a year, the highlight of the event takes place: the Chartres Festival of Lights. During this evening, many activities and wanderings are organized throughout the city and promise you an exceptional evening.

Animation lumineuse et sonore © Artiste Les Orpailleurs de lumière – Isis Création – Photo : Studio Martino

Chartres Light Show, when it is ?

Every evening from April to January, from nightfall until 01:00am, the scenographies adorn the Chartrain heritage. This year, Chartres Light Show plays the extensions and will be visible from April 10, 2021 to January 1, 2022, without interruption (might change if needed). This gives you time to come and come back if you don’t have time to see it all in one evening! For those who wish to come on the evening of the Festival of Lights in Chartres to experience a magical moment, go in September.

La collégiale Saint-André illuminée © Scénographie Les Orpailleurs de Lumière – Photo : C’Chartres Tourisme – Studio Martino

Chartres Light Show, the different ways to discover this event

Freely, by foot or by bikes

The scenographies of Chartres Light Show turn on a loop on the monuments, no worries if you have not arrived at the beginning of these or if there are people in the same place as you at this precise moment, you will have time to stay a little longer or come back later in the evening.

Independently or thanks to the dedicated application « Chartres en lumière » (available for free download on Google Play Store and Apple Store), let your steps guide you to discover this magical universe of illumination of Chartres. You can walk or cycle (electric bike rental is available at the Camping de Chartres) and enjoy this unique spectacle.

Jardins du musée des Beaux-Arts de Chartres illuminés © Scénographie Camille Gross et Olivier Magermans – Photo : C’Chartres Tourisme – Studio Martino

With a guided tour

Do you want to live a privileged moment and discover the secrets of the scenographies that illuminate the main sites and monuments? Opt for a guided tour of the Chartres Tourist Office on the unmissable sites of Chartres en lumière.

Throughout the season, “Chartres en lumière Privilège” guided tours will take you from shadow to light. You will begin your visit with the crypt of the cathedral by candlelight, then you will go back up to the enclosure of the cathedral, as pilgrims did in the past, before exiting through the south portal of the cathedral and discovering the illuminations on Chartres Cathedral.

Want to live those magical moments ? Book your tickets on the online booking store of the Tourist office.

Découvrir l’histoire d’amour sur le théâtre de Chartres © Scénographie Marie-Jeanne Gauthé – Photo : C’Chartres Tourisme – Studio Martino

With the little touristic train

Do you want to discover the lower town and the upper town without getting tired? The ideal is to board the little tourist train, departing from Chartres Cathedral, to enjoy a commented route that will retrace the history of the various monuments and the projected scenographies. This mode of discovery will be very appreciated by the littles and old tall ones ! However, we advise you to arrive well in advance of the scheduled departure times of the little train because it does not take reservations.

Partez en petit train touristique à la découverte de Chartres en lumières © Scénographie Spectaculaires, Allumeurs d’images – Photo Patrick Forget

To have more information about the event Chartres Light Show, go to its website.