Chartres en lumières 2024

A 21st season from 13 April 2024 to 5 January 2025!

Chartres en lumières returns for its 20th edition with 21 sites illuminated 7 nights a week, from 13 April 2024 to 5 January 2025.

With Chartres en lumières, plunge into a colourful fairytale world and discover in an atypical way the essential sites in the heart of Chartres from dusk to 1am (11.30pm after the 27 October).

Enjoy the stories that are told at your own pace and according to your wishes: you are free to choose your own route and stroll around the centre of Chartres.

The 2024 program

The illuminations

New 2024 : Saint-Aignan's church adorned with the finest works of sacred art, from primitive mosaics to medieval goldsmiths' work, from stained glass to painted decorations.

NEW : The Facade of the Departmental Council

The natural beauty of the Eure-et-Loir region is showcased to honour the local heritage.

The Christmas illuminations

Ten or so sites will be decked out in Christmas colours from the end of November. Gifts and snowy landscapes will return to the façades of Chartres cathedral, the Saint-André collegiate church and the bridges and wash houses of the lower town. A family will gather around a Christmas feast on the façades of the Montescot Hotel.

> Dates :  From the end of November.

Visit Chartres en lumières

Dates and times

The 21 sites of Chartres en lumières are illuminated EVERY, night from dusk to 1am (11.30pm from the 27 October), until 5th January 2025.

The lighting of the illuminations varies according to the time of nightfall.

  • April: around 9.30 pm / 9.45 pm
  • May: around 10 pm / 10.15 pm
  • June: around 10.30 pm / 10.45 pm
  • July : around 10.45 pm / 10.30 pm
  • August : around 10.15pm / 9.45pm
  • September: around 9.30pm / 9.15pm
  • October: around 9pm / 6.30 from 27 October
  • November: around 6.15pm / 6pm
  • December: 5.45pm
  • January : 5.45pm

Free route

Enjoy the stories that are told at your own pace and according to your desires: you are free to design your own itinerary and stroll through the city centre of Chartres.

Geolocate all the illuminated sites on the Chartres en lumières map

Guided tours

Guided tour by C'Chartres Tourisme

The tourist office offers guided tours and will reveal details, anecdotes and secrets. A suspended moment where the scenographies take all their meaning.

These guided tours are only available in French

Next dates : Aaturday 20 April, Saturday 11 May, Saturday 18 May, Saturday 1st June.

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By Petit Chart'train

Go on a luminous journey without getting tired. From April to January, this small train winds its way through the city centre in the evening from one illuminated site to the next, commenting on the riches and mysteries of the old town of Chartres.

Next dates :

  • June, September, October : Friday and Saturday evenings.
  • July, August and All Saints' Day vacations : every evening.
  • November, December and January : Saturday evenings.

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