Christmas is one time of the year that has its own distinct scent, and the best Christmas candles are that exact reason. For some of us, it’s the smell of cookies baking in the kitchen, or the cinnamon in your hot chocolate.
We each have scents that we associate with the holiday season. Candles are a popular gift at Christmas and help to add to the intimate atmosphere of the season.
Whether you’re looking for the best Christmas candles as a last-minute gift or to treat yourself, we’re rounding up our top ten choices.
Is there anything better than finding a Yankee Candle under your Christmas tree? The brand is a go-to choice of candles for millions of candle lovers, and they are infamous for their extensive Christmas range.
The ‘Christmas Cookie’ scent will remind you of the smell of gingerbread men and sugar cookies baking in your kitchen on Christmas Eve ahead of Santa’s early morning arrival.
This candle contains top notes of vanilla to give the rich aroma of Christmas cookies. Yankee Candle uses premium wax which gives you a clean burn while filling the room with a strong aroma of your chosen scent.
The small jar candle will give you up to 30 hours of burning time, with a natural fibre cotton wick that gives you an even burn. The wick is straight, meaning that you can get the most out of your candle with a centred burn that maintains the beauty of your candle.
The Yankee Candle small jars are popular as the lid helps preserve the fragrance of your candle and you can easily remove the name label if you want a minimalistic look.
Your ‘Christmas Cookie’ candle can double as a versatile decoration for any living space, with its shortbread colour wax.
During Christmas, we all love to snuggle up in front of the fire with a hot chocolate to watch a festival film. This candle duo will set the mood with their seasonal green and red packaging that will seamlessly blend in with the rest of your Christmas decorations.
La Jolie Muse candles contain natural soy wax, with each candle weighing 185g. You can expect to get between 40 and 45 hours of burning time with each candle.
This set is vegan-friendly with its lead-free cotton wick and is also cruelty-free and paraben-free. La Jolie Muse, also make some of the best candles for men too!
These candles are also biodegradable, meaning that you get to enjoy a festive candle without worrying about its environmental impact.
The cinnamon pumpkin scent gives a sweet aroma that will remind you of a warm and festive drink. It contains top notes of cinnamon, vanilla, tobacco, and amber which remind us of trips to Starbucks while out Christmas shopping.
Cedarwood fir is a calming scent that helps relieve stress with notes of lemon and rosemary. If you close your eyes and take in the aroma of this candle, you will think you are standing in front of your Christmas tree. These two candles offer Christmas in a jar.
Sometimes you just can’t decide what scent you want for Christmas. Never fear, Yankee Candle is coming to your rescue.
This festive set of four votive candles will bring instant holiday cheer. They make the perfect gift to anyone who is starting to experiment with candles and gives you a range of scents to enjoy over the festive season.
Each of the candles has a burning time of 15 hours, meaning that the set of four will last you through the holiday season.
The ‘Singing Carols’ scent has top notes of fruit and spice to remind you of the aroma of Christmas dinner. ‘Surprise Snowfall’ has an aroma of silver spruce, verbena, and winter fruit, reminding you of the smell of the first drops of winter snow.
‘Unwrap The Magic’ contains evergreen, citrus, and aromatic scents, which will bring you back to sitting under the Christmas tree unwrapping gifts.
The fourth scent—‘Vanilla French Toast’–contains caramel and vanilla top notes, reminding us of all the sweet treats that we indulge in at Christmas.
These votive candles contain the same premium wax in the full-size Yankee Candle, along with the 100% natural fibre cotton wick which gives you a clean burn.
Nothing screams “It’s Christmas!” more than an oversized festival candle. This Airwick candle has the comforting aroma of apple and cinnamon, reminding us of the scent of Christmas baking and mulled wine.
This candle gives you up to 60 hours of buying time, meaning you can enjoy it for all Christmas week.
The fragrance is long-lasting and instantly fills the room with the scent of freshly baked apples and cinnamon powder that is sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face.
While the packing isn’t everything, the Airwick candles have a unique design that is fitting for the festive season.
The soft frost of the glass gives the candles a pastel glow that adds to the intimate atmosphere of Christmas.
The Airwick Apple and Cinnamon is one of the best Christmas candles that you can give to a friend or family member this festive season.
Still looking for a last-minute Christmas gift? This candle trio comes complete with its own festive metal tin, embossed with Christmas trees, meaning that you won’t need to worry about wrapping it.
Each votive candle comes in its own glass with a Christmas tree print. Once you have finished with the candle, you can save the jar and reuse it as a Christmas decoration for years to come.
Wax Lyrical is a candle company with a unique heritage, having first begun making candles in 1938. The Christmas tree design has been part of their range since 1938, bringing festive cheer through the generations.
The candles contain top notes of spruce needles, cedarwood and mulled wine, which remind you of the cold winter nights spent in front of the fire.
There are also highlights of orange and cranberry, which create a spiced aroma that is a signature scent of the festive season. The candles each have a burning time of up to 12 hours.
You can also pick up the matching Christmas Tree reed diffuser, which comes in a festive Nutcracker metal container.
More of us than ever are swapping out traditional candles for wax melts, which allow us to change up the scent every night.
These wax melts will instantly bring you back to standing over a pot of mulled wine simmering on a stove. The scent contains notes of cinnamon, clove, spice and glazed orange, all the ingredients that you would add to your traditional mulled wine.
Each wax melt has an aromatic scent and will fill any living space, burning for up to six hours. You can easily add one of these candles over a tea light burner to enjoy while watching your favourite Christmas film or reading a new book.
The Fosse Living range offers the best Christmas candles for vegans, and they also use eco-friendly and plastic-free packaging.
Fosse Living is a small company based in Warwickshire, who hand pour each of their wax melts to give them their distinctive heart shape.
As we’re all trying to shop small and support independent businesses, these candles are perfect if you are looking to stock up for the season.
The brand also offers a ‘Gingerbread Cookies’ wax melt set for those with a sweet tooth who prefer the aroma of vanilla, maple syrup and caramel.
Tin candles are growing in popularity as a portable candle that you can take with you on the go, either to work or while travelling.
These Baltus candles are an ideal choice to take home with you for a family Christmas. You receive four candles in the set, meaning that you can keep one for yourself and gift the other three as Christmas presents.
You can choose from three scents, including winter spice, spruce & cedarwood, and frankincense & myrrh. Each of these smells is a classic choice of Christmas candle and come in a festive star-shaped tin.
When you light one of these candles, you’ll instantly find yourself in a Christmas mood and ready to watch your favourite festive films.
Candles are as much a decoration as they are a way to bring an aroma to your living space. Christmas candles are a functional way to add a touch of festive cheer to any room while adding your favourite winter scents.
These four packs of soy wax candles by TOFU offers jars with Santa, a reindeer, a snowman, and a gingerbread man.
TOFU’s gingerbread man has a cookie scent, which will bring you back to Christmas days spent preparing biscuits for Santa’s visit.
The snowman candle has an aroma of balsman fir which will transport you back to walking through the snow and the scent of Christmas trees. With the Santa candle, you get a classic blend of apple and cinnamon, two scents that remind us of our go-to Christmas drinks.
The fourth candle, with its festive reindeer, contains a relaxing scent of lavender to help you relax and unwind ahead of the festivities.
Each candle contains 100% handcrafted soy wax, with 7% natural essential oils. You’ll receive the set in a festive gift box that makes it the perfect present for any candle connoisseur.
The candles weigh 5.65 ounces each, with a burn time of between 25 to 30 hours. The jars are reusable and can store bracelets, trinkets and keys once you have finished burning the candle.
Hygge is the Danish way of life and perfectly encapsulates how we feel about candles. When you embrace the ‘hygge’ mentality, you focus on things that make you feel comfortable and safe.
We put candles at the top of our hygge list, so it’s no surprise that this aesthetic is making its way into the world of aromatics.
The ‘Hygge’ candle by Octo London contains top notes of cinnamon, amber, orange and nutmeg.
You can almost taste the mulled wine from the scent of this candle. The Octo London candles have three wicks to give you an even burn and come in a minimalistic amber jar.
These soy wax candles are hand-poured in small batches in London and are phthalate-free, and sustainable.
The soy wax gives you a longer and cleaner burn than paraffin wax, and the Octo London candles contain 100% pure natural essential oils, with no colourants or dyes.
The ‘Hygge’ packaging uses recycled cardboard packaging, and they make the candle in the UK using local supplies, making it the best environmentally friendly Christmas candle.
Our list of the best Christmas candles would not be complete without a pumpkin pie choice. In recent years we have all fallen in love with pumpkin spice lattes and the scent has become a go-to at Christmas time.
This Lasenteur candle contains top notes of vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon leaf that smells like pumpkin pie that is freshly out of the oven.
This candle weighs 400grams and gives you between 45 and 50 hours of burning time. The Lasenteur range uses soy wax, with a 100% cotton wick to you an even and clean burn.
As well as being a perfect Christmas candle, you can enjoy this scent all year round as a cosy transitional scent between seasons.
We hope that this list gives you some inspiration for the best Christmas candles to buy for yourself or as a gift.
Mulled wine, cinnamon and apple are clear winners for festive scents, with brands incorporating the Christmas season into their packaging to give you the full holiday experience.