While perhaps not as well known as the Christmas markets of Strasbourg and Colmar, the Mulhouse Christmas Market (pronounced mull-lose) is one of the most visited Xmas market destinations in the Alsace region of France.
Famous for its annual Christmas fabric (a nod to the city’s history in the textile trade), this market is conveniently located near an international airport, making it a great choice for those looking to experience a vibrant Alsace Christmas market that’s easy to get to.
We first visited this Christmas market in November 2019 and loved the unique fabric motif, and fun variety of activities and programming available.
Looking to learn more about Mulhouse Christmas Market, or perhaps need some guidance on planning your own trip there?
In this post, we’ll be covering…
- Practical Info for Mulhouse Christmas Market
- A Brief History of Mulhouse Christmas Market
- Why Visit Mulhouse Christmas Market?
- Christmas Markets in Mulhouse to Visit
- More Photos of Mulhouse Christmas Market
We hope you find it helpful and interesting!
Practical Info for Mulhouse Christmas Market
Here are some quick must-knows for Mulhouse Christmas Market this year:
- Dates: Nov 24 – Dec 23, 2023
- Official website: Click here
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A Brief History of Mulhouse Christmas Market
The Christmas market in Mulhouse is relatively young compared to its counterparts elsewhere in Alsace, dating back only to 1990.
Nonetheless, over the past few decades, Mulhouse has quickly risen to popularity among tourists from around France and beyond, with over 1.5 million visitors in attendance each year.
This makes Mulhouse one of the most visited Christmas markets in the region, an accolade we believe is rightly deserved.
Why Visit Mulhouse Christmas Market?
Wondering whether Mulhouse Christmas Market is worth a trip? Here are some reasons to visit:
Its unique fabric motif
While the Alsace region has some other ‘themed’ markets like the Blue Christmas event in Guebwiller, the eco market in Kingersheim or the medieval Christmas market in Ribeauvillé, the Christmas market in Mulhouse is completely unique in France for its annual ‘Christmas fabric’, an homage to the city’s relationship with the textile trade.
Every year, a new fabric is unveiled for the festivities, adorning the fronts of cups, souvenirs, buildings, and all around the market. You can even buy some of the fabric to take home and use!
This unique fabric concept means the Christmas market will look a little different every year, which is a nice treat for repeat visitors… but of course, we feel it adds an extra special touch whether it’s your first visit or your tenth.
It’s close to the airport
Many of the most charming small Christmas markets in the Alsace require driving, but the Mulhouse Christmas Market is ultra convenient thanks to its proximity to an international airport – EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, making it a great candidate for those seeking a quick and convenient Christmas market break.
It’s close to many other amazing Christmas markets
The Alsace region is quite compact, which is perfect for travellers looking to visit many destinations during their trip.
For instance, Mulhouse is located only a 15 minute drive from the unique markets of Pfastatt and Kingersheim.
Or, for those willing to travel a bit further, Colmar and its nearby markets like Eguisheim, Riquewihr, Ribeauvillé, and Kaysersberg are all less than an hour away (with a convenient free shuttle that travels between them, making this a perfect choice for those relying on public transport).
… and Basel is just across the border!
So, if you’re looking for a convenient base for multiple Christmas market adventures, Mulhouse is definitely a great choice.
Mulhouse has a lot of other cool things to do
Lastly, while many of the prettiest Christmas markets in Alsace take place in smaller, sleepier towns where there’s not much else by way of attractions, Mulhouse is a worthwhile travel destination with or without its Christmas market.
There’s a variety of unique museums covering everything from art and trains to classic cars and printed textiles, there’s also a thriving street art scene and lots of great restaurants.
Overall, if you are looking for a nice Christmas market experience with all the additional perks of a vibrant larger city, we definitely recommend giving Mulhouse a visit.
Christmas Market Locations in Mulhouse to Visit
Wondering where to find Christmas market stalls in Mulhouse? Here are the main locations of Mulhouse Christmas Market:
Place de la Réunion
The main part of the Mulhouse Christmas Market can be found in Place de la Réunion.
Here, you’ll find a variety of wooden stalls selling food and gifts, along with the centerpiece of the Mulhouse Christmas Market: its big ferris wheel, which offers unbeatable views over the market and the Temple Saint-Étienne.
The Streets Around Temple Saint-Étienne
Of course, besides the main square itself, you’ll also find lots of beautifully lit stalls in the side streets surrounding Temple Saint-Étienne.
Hôtel de Ville
A highlight of any Mulhouse Christmas Market trip is a visit to the Hôtel de Ville, the town hall which today also houses a historical museum all about the city.
During the festive period, this beautiful building is draped with that year’s Christmas fabric, with a gift shop inside selling all sorts of souvenirs featuring the fabric, and even rolls of the fabric itself if you’re looking to get crafty.
We also like this spot because you can take some stairs up to the gift shop area which provides beautiful elevated views over the market.
Place des Cordiers
Another Christmassy corner of Mulhouse we enjoyed exploring was the Place des Cordiers, where there was a cozy area for sipping vin chaud.
Passage de la Demi Lune
And, we also stumbled upon a small but cute selection of vendors in the Passage de la Demi Lune.
Rue Mercière & Rue du Sauvage
Lastly, while there wasn’t a lot going on here by way of vendors, we liked this cute little spot at the intersection of Rue Mercière & Rue du Sauvage, where there was a very cute Mulhouse Christmas display.
More Photos of Mulhouse Christmas Market
Looking for some more Mulhouse Christmas Market eye candy? Here are some additional photos we captured during our visit:
We hope you enjoyed this Mulhouse Christmas Market Guide!
Let us know in the comments if you have any more questions about your trip – we’re always happy to help.