Chartres In Lights
From April, 14th to October, 13th : An event not to be missed !
24 sites, all part of an exceptional historical heritage, are illuminated each night: Notre Dame Cathedral, listed as a UNESCO world heritage site (3 displays: royal gate/north gate/south gate), the old Episcopal Palace (grand façade of the Fine Arts Museum and the Bishop's Garden), churches, bridges, wash houses at the edge of the Eure river, the multimedia library, streets and squares of the upper town.
On September 15, join the Festival of Light
And, Saturday, September 15th 2018, it's the Festival of Light. Don't miss this event full of magic!
To prepare your visit and find your way on site“Chartres In Lights” is a free stroll through the streets of the city centre. Enjoy the story at your own pace and according to your desires. Go from one site to another in the direction that will inspire you. All the scenographies run in a loop: you won't miss a thing of the show.
You can also opt for a free thematic visit by following the routes proposed on the Chartres In Lights application.
In addition, it will offer you some information on the artists's intentions, as well as on the history of the scenographed buildings.
The Chartres In Lights application can be downloaded free of charge from :
The Tourist Office offers guided tours of the event. Do not hesitate to contact the Welcome Team which is at your disposal to help you organise your stay in Chartres.
They wrote about “Chartres en lumières”
“We have spent the last two evenings enjoying « Chartres en Lumières », thank you !!”
Annette, Netherlands, may 18, 2018
“Amazing ! I am from Ecuador and my parents, my sister and I, we unexpectedly stumbled upon “Chartres en Lumières” 6 years ago and we really loved it. I came back with my parents this year, this time on purpose, and we are leaving Chartres more than happy. I think it will become our new family tradition !”
Maria A., September 17, 2017
“My 4-year-old son is excited by the lights of the cathedral. And I have to confess that he is not the only one ! I would like to congratulate the different professions who created and produced these exceptional realistic drawings !”
Caroline C., September 28, 2017
“We enjoyed very much your light show. Compliments !”
Cinzia, Laura, Claudio, Massimo, Italia, August 2, 2017
”We were yesterday in Chartres and we were blow away by the beautiful lightshow throughout the city. Especially the music & light show on the Cathedral was excellent.”
Jean-Paul W., Netherlands, July 26, 2017
Scenographers and technicians give their best each year to make you live a unique moment. But Chartres In Lights wouldn't be the success we experience every year without the help of our reliable partners, whom we warmly thank.