12 Christmas Candles That Make Your Home Smell Like the Holidays

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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 being able to break out a seasonal, Christmas-scented candle and add an extra dimension to your interior winter wonderland. Christmas candles are ideal for setting the mood around the festive season and giving your house an extra little bit of festivity.

Candles are a simple way to add an extra dimension of Hygge to your home as you take your space from visually comforting to smelling appealing, too. They’re also a great gift idea for friends and family at Christmas time. After all, who doesn’t enjoy festive smells during the holiday season? Whatever olfactory experience you’re after, there’s almost certainly a Christmas candle to fit your bill.

To help you find the right festive scent for your home, we’ve put together a list featuring 10 of the best Christmas candles inspired by a range of holiday smells. Each candle has its own unique scent, which is inspired by a range of familiar seasonal aromas, such as Christmas trees, apple cider, eggnog and candy canes.

1. NEST Fragrances Votive Holiday Candle

BEST OVERALL

The popular NEST fragrance company has outdone themselves 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 a festive tabletop decoration. One our editors owns this candle and loves its pine scent which fills the house.

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2. Diptyque Holiday Protective Pine Candle

BEST SPLURGE

There’s a reason Diptyque are one of the most trendy 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 Protective Pine Candle is presented in a gorgeous glass, and the aromas produced are more complex than your average candle. On top of the included pine, you’ll find hints of basil, sage, cedar and balsam. Furthermore, the design on the glass features a shooting star, a beetle and a dream catcher to help create a protective atmosphere within your home.

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3. 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 cedar wood 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.

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4. 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 from nutmeg, juniper notes, cinnamon and cloves. In addition, the candles’ soy wax delivers a stronger smell capable of filling rooms and even comes with a 30-day money back satisfaction guarantee.

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5. YINUO LIGHT Christmas Scented Candles Gift Set

BEST STOCKING FILLERS

This YINUO LIGHT Christmas Scented Candles Gift Set includes four candles in individual metal pots. Each of the four pots features a Christmas-themed character, including Santa Claus, Rudolph and a snowman. The candles themselves are made from a mix of essential oils and soy wax and come in four different fragrances, including Christmas cookie, lavender and apple & cinnamon. The candles each burn for up to 30 hours and are presented in a colorful gift box, making this a great gift idea for friends and family.

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6. 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.

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7. Lorenzen Candle Co Christmas Tree Soy Candle

BEST HANDMADE

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.

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8. Trapp Seasonal Collection Holiday Candle

MOST GIFTABLE

Mixed within this Trapp seasonal candle is a combination of spiced raisins, gingerbread and cinnamon sticks. Not only does the candle come with the guarantee that it will fill your home with fragrance in minutes, the 8.75-ounce size allows it to burn for up to 70 hours. It also comes packaged in a festive box that’s ideal for giving as a gift this Christmas.

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9. Old Factory Candles Happy Holidays Scented Candle

BEST SET

This is a 3-candle set that’s made to be enjoyed during the festive season. With scents like candy cane, gingerbread and Christmas tree, 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. 

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10. Homesick Holiday Candle

LONGEST BURN TIME

The Homesick Holiday 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 holiday flavor, this unique candle company also makes candles scented for each state of the USA.

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11. Christmas Candle Frasier Fir Scented Jar Candles

BEST FOR AROMATHERAPY

If you want a Christmas-themed candle which can be used for aromatherapy or creating a festive scent throughout your home, give this Christmas Candle Frasier Fir Scented Jar Candles a try. Something like having a forest in a jar, this great-smelling candle is made from 100% pure soy wax mixed with highly-refined, perfume-grade oils. It has a burn time of up to 60 hours and comes in an attractive green pot which has “Peace on Earth” printed across it.

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12. Yankee Candle Holiday Gift Set

STRONGEST SCENT

This Yankee Candle Gift Set includes five samplers, so you can switch up your in-home fragrance throughout the season. Great as a gift for friends and family, the set includes some of Yankee’s most popular scents – sparkling cinnamon, Christmas cookie, magical frosted forest, red apple wreath and balsam & cedar. Plus, the scents of these samplers will fill a larger area than expected, so lighting one small candle can make a big difference to your home.

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