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Christmas at the Château of Amboise!

Published on Monday, December 15, 2014, 15:23

The weekend of 29th November marks the start of the Advent period corresponding to the weeks of preparation for Christian nativity celebrations. This is also when the “Christmas through the centuries” circuit opens at the Château of Amboise.

Festive decorations

From 29th November to 11th January, visitors can admire the decorations put up especially for the festive period in the Royal Lodge.
Thus, every year, curious visitors can discover a magnificent Neapolitan nativity scene that has pride of place in the Council Room. In an ancient setting, very in vogue in 18th century Italy, it shows scenes of daily life and the nativity story. This year is particularly special, as there is a new scene to discover in the Cup Bearer’s Room: the Fishermen.
In addition to this, all along the circuit different rooms feature Christmas trees decked with apples, biscuits and characters. At their bases, in the music room, you will find presents and old-fashioned toys, reminders of a magical Christmas.

An interesting fact: the Germanic tradition of a Christmas tree was introduced to the United Kingdom and France in the mid 19th century. In the former it was the idea of Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg Gotha, Queen Victoria’s husband. In Paris it was Helen of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, wife of King Louis-Philippe’s eldest son, the Duke of Orleans, who instigated the practice.

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