Mulhouse Christmas Market

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The Mulhouse Christmas Market to the South of Alsace celebrated in 2015 its 25th anniversary. Named ‘Les Étofféeries’ Mulhouse’s Christmas market has become so popular over the years that it appeared in the French national news in 2009 and might well receive over 600,000 visitors over Advent.


Brilliantly located in the central Place de la Réunion, between the neo-Gothic St. Etienne Protestant church and the Renaissance building of the former Town Hall, the Mulhouse Christmas market is themed on rich fabric. Each year in December, thousands of metres of fabric decorate the Christmas market and make it different from any other markets.

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It is not by chance that Mulhouse uses extensively rich fabric in an extravagant way! In the past, the city was known for its powerful textile industry and the city hosts a renowned Textile museum. In 2014, it was renamed Les Étofféeries.

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The 38 metre tall Ferris Wheel offer a fantastic view over the Christmas market spread out across Place de la Réunion, as well as the neo-Gothic façade of the St. Etienne Protestant church and the roofs of the old town of Mulhouse.

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On Place des Victoires, just a stone’s throw from Place de la Réunion, stands the 30 metre-tall Christmas tree from the Vosges mountains and a Nativity Scene at its foot.

Don’t miss strolling along the main streets of the historic town to discover the spectacular fairy lights.

In 2015, Mulhouse’s Christmas market starts on 21 November and ends on 27 December (closed on 25/12).


English-French Vocabulary

(f) for féminin, (m) for masculin, (adj) for adjective and (v) for verbs

  • Advent = Avent (m)
  • Christmas = Noël
  • Christmas Eve = veille de Noël (f) / réveillon (m)
  • Christmas lighting = illuminations de Noël (f,p)
  • Christmas market = marché de Noël (m)
  • Christmas tree = sapin de Noël, arbre de Noël (m)
  • fabrics = étoffes (f,p)
  • Father Christmas = Père Noël (m)
  • Ferris wheel = grande roue (f)
  • holiday season = période de Noël (f), temps des fêtes (m)
  • Santa = Père Noël (m)
  • square = place (f)
  • street = rue (f)

Find out more about Advent and the Christmas season in Mulhouse in 2014:

http://www.noel-sud-alsace.com/ (in English)

More photos of Mulhouse’s Christmas market in 2014.

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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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