Best Christmas candles: 10 festive fragrances to fill your home with

Discover the very best Christmas candles available this season. From spicy and fruity to fresh and snowy, these are the most gorgeous festive votives out there

Dunelm Christmas Candles
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Christmas candles are guaranteed to get you in the festive mood, and there's nothing like the soft glow of candles to warm up the dark December nights. There are a lot of candles sold for Christmas every year, so we've rounded up the very best scents for you to consider.

From traditional spicy accords to more modern takes on Christmas, these will delight you and everyone who comes to visit. Want more scentspiration? Visit our best candles buyer's guide. 

Then, find more Christmas buys and ideas on our dedicated page. 

The White Company Winter fragrance collection

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1. The White Company winter

The best Christmas candle

Specifications
Best for: those who like a classic Christmas scent
Size: 140g
Notes: Cinnamon, clove
Reasons to buy
+Classic Christmas fragrance

The ultimate Christmas candle, full of spice and all things nice.

The scent
The classic spicy scent of Christmas as you remember it. Cinnamon, clove, citrus.Yum

The packaging
Simple but effective – a clear glass jar.

What we like
It's hard to go wrong with this one. Guaranteed to get you into a festive mood.

best sweet Christmas candle: Yankee Candle Amaretto Apple

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2. Yankee Candle Amaretto Apple

Best sweet Christmas candle

Specifications
Best for: Those with a sweet tooth
Size: 552 g
Notes: Apple and amaretto
Reasons to buy
+Powerful and affordable+Delicious scent
Reasons to avoid
-Could be too sweet for some

Yankee candles rule the roost where it comes to simple, effective room fragrance, and this festive offering is no exception.

The scent
Sweet and uncomplicated, and so addictive: sweet apple soused in equally sweet Amaretto. The perfect companion to eating Christmas pud in front of the telly.

The packaging
An elevated jar with a little golden stand. Very festive.

What we like
This fragrance really packs a festive punch – and you get such a big candle for just over £20.

What we don't like
This stuff is seriously sweet – buy in the knowledge that it will be quite intense on the sugar. 

Best gift-worthy Christmas candle: Cire Trudon Nazareth

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3. Cire Trudon Nazareth

The best gift-worthy Christmas candle

Specifications
Best for: a luxurious stocking filler
Size: 75g or 3kg
Notes: Cardamom, Chinese osmanthus, Cinnamon, clove, orange, myrrh, cistus, benzoin
Reasons to buy
+Out-of-this world fragrance+Gorgeous packaging
Reasons to avoid
-Very expensive

Can Cire Trudon make a bad scented candle? We seriously think not. This festive offering smells so good, we almost wish they bottled it up and sold it as perfume.

The scent
Where to start? The zingy citrus opening giving way to the fruity osmanthus heart, ending in the mystery of myrrh and dark vanilla. The story of Christmas in a candle.

The packaging
Gorgeous, pink frosted glass with the signature gold Cire Trudon badge.

What we like
This is the perfect Christmas present for just about anyone, but especially serious home fragrance enthusiasts. Quality stuff.

What we don't like
Obviously, the price is prohibitive (we won't even mention how much the three-kilo version is). But, hey, it's Christmas. 

best pine scented Christmas candle: Diptyque Protective Pine

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4. Diptyque Protective Pine

The best pine scented Christmas candle

Specifications
Best for: Those who love the smell of Christmas trees
Size: 190g
Notes: Pine, cedar, balsam fir, basil, sage
Reasons to buy
+A calm, incense-like fragrance+Very pretty packaging

Diptyque do great home fragrances, but their packaging isn't typically the most interesting. Fortunately, this Christmas candle from the brand more than delivers on style. 

The scent
The trouble with some pine candles is they can smell a little like toilet freshener. Straight up pine isn't necessarily gonna give you that Christmas tree vibe. This candle, on the other hand, really does, by combining pine with the resinous smell of fir and the smoky fragrance of cedar. Wonderful.

The packaging
Delightful and whimsical, with a unique print.

What we like
The fact that this candle is so pretty really elevates it to gift-worthy level.

What we don't like
This is still not your typical 'Christmas' fragrance, and might be too fresh for some.

Best affordable Christmas candle: Heyland & Whittle Clementine Prosecco candle

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5. Heyland & Whittle Clementine Prosecco candle

Best affordable Christmas candle

Specifications
Best for: Not spending a lot on a candle
Size: 230g
Notes: clementine, prosecco
Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Uplifting fragrance
Reasons to avoid
-Simple packaging

This candle really proves you don't have to spend megabucks on scented candles – your home will still smell as nice.

The scent
The fizzy scent of bubbly combined with freshly peeled clementines. Genius.

The packaging
Nothing special, but the smell is so good, we can't complain

What we like
This is such an uplifting, lovely smell, you'll want to keep burning this well past Christmas.

What we don't like
Nothing – this is a real winner. 

best natural Christmas candle: Neom Organics Christmas Wish

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6. Neom Organics Christmas Wish

Best natural Christmas candle

Specifications
Best for: Those who prefer a natural candle
Size: 420g
Notes: Mandarin, cinnamon and tonka bean
Reasons to buy
+Natural essential oil fragrance+Nice packaging
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

This organic ’s beautiful votive, depicting a street scene on a starry night in on-trend copper, is certain to be the subject of admiring looks at your next holiday get-together, but it’s just as wonderful kept all to yourself. 

The scent
The warming spicy scent, with bright bursts of mandarin and sweet tonka, is reminiscent of Christmas cake, and thanks to NEOM’s expert aromatherapy-inspired blends, it’s sure to leave you feeling serene whether you’re entertaining or home alone. 

The packaging
Very pretty, gilded glass with engraving. Looks stunning when lit

What we like
Will not give you a headache despite being quite sweet. 

Espa Black Spruce and Vetiver candle

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7. Espa Black Spruce and Vetiver candle

Best unusual Christmas candle

Specifications
Best for: Those who want something a bit different
Size:
Notes: vetiver, cardamom, pine
Reasons to buy
+Unusual fragrance+Unusual packaging

And here's for something a bit different – and utterly gorgeous as far as festive home fragrances go. The Vetiver and Black Spruce candle from Espa is 

The scent
A genius take on a winter fragrance: there is warming spice there (the delicious cardamom note), but there is also something that is a gentle reminder of warm summer air (the vetiver, with its mysterious, green but smoky smell). 

The packaging
Very elegant, opaque navy blue. We love it. 

What we like
A piny Christmas candle for those who aren't too sure they like pine. A mini spa in a candle.

best berry scented Christmas candle: Winter Berries large scented Candle

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8. Beefayre Winter Berries candle

The best berry scented Christmas candle

Specifications
Best for:
Size:
Notes:
Reasons to buy
+Pleasant scent that's not overly sweet+Natural
Reasons to avoid
-Could be too subtle for some

There's something infinitely exciting about the scent of fresh berries, which is sweet and sour at the same time, and very distinctive.

The scent
The Winter Berries candle from Beefayre is just on the right side of sweet, with the tangy berry note cutting through the spicy base.

The packaging
Very cute – engraved, winter-themed glass

What we like
The company ethics – they donate some of their profit to bee conservation.

 best boozy Christmas candle: Jonathan Ward Hermitage Noel 1878

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9. Jonathan Ward Hermitage Noel 1878

The best boozy Christmas candle

Specifications
Best for: Those who love a boozy, grown-up scent
Size:
Notes: Cognac, dates, plum, frankincense, amber
Reasons to buy
+Sophisticated fragrance+Novel packaging
Reasons to avoid
-Available only on their website

This candle from Jonathan Ward is really something special: gift it to a whisky lover, and they'll enjoy using the tumbler once they've finished with the candle

The scent
The scent of this fragrance is right on the money for Christmas: boozy plums and dates, with frankincense and amber in the background keeping things classy. Very addictive.

The packaging
The candle is housed in a beautiful whisky tumbler, so it will make a lovely two-in-one gift.

What we like
The attention to detail and obvious high quality of this candle

What we don't like
The distribution – you can only get this candle on Jonathan Ward's website.

Best Christmas candle set: Skandinavisk Onska mini candle set

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10. Onska Mini Scented Candles Gift Set

The best Christmas candle set

Specifications
Best for: Those who want more than one Christmas scent
Size: 3 x 40g
Notes: Various
Reasons to buy
+Trio of scents
Reasons to avoid
-Small sizes

Skandinavisk have come up with the perfect trio of winter scents  – perfect for creating different effects in different rooms.

The scent
Three perfectly complementary scents: the smell of fresh snowy air; a green, pine forest smell, and the sweet honey-and-spice traditional Christmas scent.

The packaging
A bit more colour than is usual for this brand – we especially like the red one.

What we like
The ability to choose between the different scents – so you don't have to just have one Christmas fragrance throughout the house.

What we don't like
It is a set of minis, but they really are quite small, so be prepared for that.