As the cold, wintery weather moves in, there’s no better feeling than returning to a cozy home, taking a deep breath and unwinding. What makes that feeling even better is a seasonal, Christmas-scented candle to add an extra dimension to your interior winter wonderland.
The best Christmas candles are ideal for setting the mood around the festive season and for going above and beyond the average Christmas decor. Not to mention, holiday-scented candles also make for some of the best Christmas gifts you can purchase this year — or better yet, some of the best stocking stuffers. Come on, who doesn’t want a candle for Christmas, ya Grinch!
Christmas candles are a simple way to add some festive ambiance to your home as you take your space from visually comforting to smelling appealing, too. And, whichever holiday scent you’re most attracted to, there’s almost certainly a Christmas candle to fit your bill. Common holiday-inspired scents include:
- Fir, Pine and Cedar
- Spices (like cinnamon and clove)
- Cookies and Sweets
- Fruit (like orange and apple)
- Nuts (like chestnut and pecan)
- Candy Canes
- Firewood and Ash
To help you find the right festive scent for your home, we’ve put together a list featuring 17 of the best Christmas candles inspired by a range of holiday smells. Get yours to ensure your home smells merry and bright this December.
1. Yankee Candle Balsam & Cedar Scented Candle
This is about the best Christmas candles. You really didn’t think that we’d place Yankee Candle in the number one spot? Come on, people. Yankee Candle creates the Christmas candle of all Christmas candles with their Balsam & Cedar Scented Candle. This Christmas tree copycat completely mimics that whiff you get when you roll every window down as you pass the Christmas tree farm on the highway, minus the cold breeze. It’s a candle that every Christmas lover should have inside their home during the holiday season.
Yankee Candle Balsam & Cedar Scented Candle
2. NEST Fragrances Votive Holiday Candle
The popular NEST fragrance company has outdone itself with this candle made from a mix of fantastic flavors. Pomegranate, mandarin orange, pine, cloves and cinnamon are all combined to deliver a wonderful holiday aroma. Furthermore, the 20-hour candle comes in a custom-designed glass, which has been lightly touched with gold, making this candle ideal for festive tabletop decoration. One of our editors owns this candle and loves its pine scent which fills the house.
NEST Fragrances Votive Holiday Candle
3. 3R Candles Christmas Carol Scented Candle
GREATEST VARIETY OF SCENTS
The 3R Candles Christmas Carol Scented Candles are created from a soy paraffin wax blend which burns slowly and gives the candle a burn time of up to 45 hours. The delightful Christmas Carol flavor is made up of nutmeg, juniper notes, cinnamon and cloves. In addition, the candle’s soy wax delivers a stronger smell capable of filling rooms and even comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
3R Candles Christmas Carol Scented Candle
4. Chesapeake Bay Scented Candle
BEST ESSENTIAL OIL INFUSED
The Chesapeake Bay Scented Candle boasts an impressive burn time of up to 70 hours and comes presented in a soft-colored, frosted jar which allows the light from the flame to penetrate when it’s burning. It is made from a soy wax and essential oil mix and comes in a range of delightful scents, including cinnamon spice, for creating a festive atmosphere in your home. In addition, this USA-made candle is hand-poured and available in a number of sizes.
Chesapeake Bay Scented Candle
5. Lorenzen Candle Co Christmas Tree Soy Candle
The Lorenzen Candle Co Christmas Tree Soy Candle is made from soy wax which has been hand-mixed and hand-poured. The soy mix includes a range of Christmassy ingredients, including fir needles, eucalyptus and cedar leaf essential oils, which give the candle its noticeable Christmas tree smell. In addition, the candle comes presented in a glass jar which can be reused after you’ve burned the candle. This is a great choice for birthday and Christmas gifts.
Lorenzen Candle Co Christmas Tree Soy Candle
6. Illume Holiday Tin Candle
BEST STOCKING STUFFER
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of wandering around a European Christmas market, you’ll instantly recognize the scent of mulled wine. The mixture of leather, cedar, vanilla and clove with notes of orange, apple and cinnamon permeates European streets during the festive season. It may be slightly tangier than the cinnamon and vanilla Christmas scents Americans are used to, but this strong statement candle will leave you wanting more every time you have to blow it out. Plus, it’s presented in an adorable holiday-themed tin to match all your Christmas decor.
Illume Holiday Tin Candle
7. Sweet Water Decor Christmas Candle
There is something about a candle in a brown glass jar that feels so… right. It feels so warm and serene, instantly making for one of the most giftable candles solely through aesthetics. But, the most important part is: does it even smell good? When it comes to this effortlessly gorgeous soy candle from Sweet Water Decor, the answer is yes. It has a super-clean burn with a scent that feels so festive it will have your giftee singing Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You the second they start burning.
Sweet Water Decor Christmas Candle
8. Old Factory Candles Winter Wonderland Candles
This is a three-candle set that’s made to be enjoyed during the festive season. With scents including hot cocoa, roasted chestnut and one reminiscent of the season’s first snow, you know every time you light one of these candles, you’re in for a Christmas treat. According to the manufacturer, each candle burns for 25 to 30 hours.
Old Factory Candles Winter Wonderland Candles
9. Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie Large Jar Candle
This Yankee Candle Large Jar Candle has a wonderfully sweet Christmas cookie scent that’s sure to bring back all the festive feels. Great as a gift for friends and family, this is one of Yankee Candle’s most popular holiday scents, although you can also find the likes of balsam and cedar, red apple wreath, sparkling cinnamon and magical frosted forest in the company’s holiday collection. Plus, the scent of this large jar will fill a larger area than expected, so lighting one candle can make a big difference to your entire home.
Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie Large Jar Candle
10. Thymes Frasier Fir Poured Candle
BEST FOR ALL SEASONS
With the Thymes Frasier Fir Candle, you’ll enjoy a freshly cut Siberian forest fragrance mixed with heartening cedarwood and sandalwood. This candle comes in a clear glass container that has been lightly decorated with pine stems and leaves. Plus, the poured candle will help your house smell fresh for up to 50 hours.
Thymes Frasier Fir Poured Candle
11. Homesick The Nutcracker Candle
LONGEST BURN TIME
The Homesick Nutcracker Candle is made entirely from soy wax and smells like freshly cut pine trees and pomander balls. Each hand-poured candle has a burn time up to 80 hours and comes in a gorgeous box, making this a ready-made gift or stocking stuffer. And if you don’t want the Nutcracker flavor of cinnamon, clove, pecan, sandalwood, ginger and vanilla, this unique candle company also makes candles scented for each state of the USA.
Homesick The Nutcracker Candle
12. Santa’s Naturals Fraser Fir Christmas Candle Trio Pack
Not everyone wants a massive candle taking over their home interior, which is where Santa’s Naturals Fraser Fir Christmas Candle Trio Pack comes to the rescue. These three teeny, tiny candles will bring all of that Christmas cheer whilst taking up almost no space in your countertop. They have that fresh-cut tree scent that makes our knees tremble around this time of year. Place one in the bathroom, one in your room and one in the kitchen for a little extra added ambiance throughout the home.
Santa's Naturals Fraser Fir Christmas Candle Trio Pack
13. Diptyque Holiday Pastry Candle
There’s a reason Diptyque is one of the trendiest candle brands on the market. In fact, it’s more than just a single reason. For example, the brand combines beautiful scents with even more beautiful presentations. This Diptyque Holiday Pastry Candle is presented in a gorgeous glass, and the aromas produced are more complex than your average candle. When burning, you’ll find the aroma of sweet and spicy holiday baked goods infiltrating your home and watering your mouth. This candle is only limited edition, so you better get your hands on it while you still can.
Diptyque Holiday Pastry Candle
14. Boy Smells Broken Rosary Candle
If you want a Christmas-themed candle that can be perceived as either masculine or feminine, give Boy Smells’ brand-new Broken Rosary candle a try. Broken Rosary is part of Boy Smells’ holiday candle line, so you can whiff this baby up all season long. It reimagines the typical holiday scent by incorporating cedarwood, lush rose water and pumiced orris and is rounded out with cardamom, moss and cinnamon leaf to tie it all together. It has a burn time of up to 50 hours and comes in a glossy red tumbler that you can wash and use as a cup after.
Boy Smells Broken Rosary Candle
15. Birthdate Candles The December Candle
BEST FOR DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS
Having a birthday in December is kind of the pits. You often get gifts that count for both Christmas and your birthday, and who really wants that? If you know someone who has a December birthday, make their day feel extra special this year by giving them a Birthdate Candles The December Candle. Each candle is designed for a specific date and provides date-specific astrology information on the label. The scents differ by zodiac sign, so depending on if your recipient was born at the beginning or end of the month, he or she could receive either a sage and frankincense- or a rose and neroli-scented candle.
Birthdate Candles The December Candle
16. Rare Lumiere Aspen Candle
BEST FOR TRAVELERS
For those who experience wanderlust more than any other emotion, maybe this holiday season they’re wishing they are somewhere else. Sure, family time is great and all, but mom and dad’s house in New Jersey can get a little redundant. If you know someone with the travel bug, gift them the Rare Lumiere Aspen Candle this year so they can experience the serenity of the Colorado ski town from the comfort of their own home.
Rare Lumiere Aspen Candle
17. Bath & Body Works ‘Tis the Season Candle
Remember the good ‘ole days when you’d do the majority of your shopping in the hellish no-go zone we used to call the mall? You’d spend hours waiting for a parking spot just to spend even more hours online at Nordstrom to buy that one charm for that gaudy-ass charm bracelet your niece had to have. Then, you’d get in a fight with the salesman who commented on your greying hair at one of those random mall kiosks and have a panic attack inside the Hot Topic. What made the entire trip worth it, though? Passing by the Bath & Body Works to give every holiday candle a good sniff. One of their newest, most popular scents is this one below. This three-wicker combines red apple, sweet cinnamon and cedarwood to create one of the most delicious smelling candles ever.