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Christmas over the centuries at the Château d'Amboise

“Noël, Noël!” This joyful princely cry still resonates today in this royal château. However, events celebrating the nativity have changed considerably over the centuries. Visitors will discover the origins of these traditions from the Renaissance and the 18th and 19th centuries in this superbly decorated royal residence. On the programme: - Sunday 4 December: children sing Christmas songs to celebrate the Feast of St Nicholas. - 23/12 and 28/12: An afternoon event for children with Christmas story-telling - From 26 to 31 December, daily at 3.30pm: Special guided tour for families “Christmas over the centuries for children”. Younger visitors will learn all about Christmas traditions across the centuries in the main château building especially decorated for the event (Neapolitan Christmas crib, Christmas trees and an exhibition of old toys). Christmas tree © L. de Serres

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©F.Colin/CRT Centre Val de Loire - Chateau of Valencay


It was in 1803 that Talleyrand acquired the Château de Valençay at the request of Napoleon, to enable the emperor to receive European dignitaries with the appropriate pomp and ceremony. Located in...

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