29 Best Christmas Candles To Get Your Festive On In 2020

29 Winter Candles That’ll Make It Feel Like Christmas All Winter Long

October 25, 2019 Updated December 24, 2020

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There’s something about lighting a Christmas candle that gets the endorphins flowing and makes everything better. Scent is the strongest sense tied to memory, and so when we light a holiday-scented candle it immediately brings back nostalgic moments from childhood like snow days, baking gingerbread cookies, or drinking hot chocolate in flannel pajamas.

Look, candle lovers get an unfair reputation for being “basic.” But name a better feeling in the world than taking off your bra after a long day, slipping into your coziest sweatpants and lighting a brand new three-wick candle. We’ll wait. See? You can’t name one because there is no better feeling. It’s simply the best, and there’s nothing basic about it.

Candles plus Christmas is such a winning combo, because people go bananas over both. So we’ve pulled together the best holiday-themed candles, and that includes everything from classic Christmas candles to more non-traditional options. And we’ve got candles that cover the entire holiday scent spectrum: peppermint, pine, sugar plum and everything in between.

Below, our picks for the best candles that are basically Christmas in a jar.

Paddywax Spark Collection in Cranberry Rosé

“Deck the halls with boughs of holly…” well, you know the rest. This “Fa La La La La” candle is cranberry and rosé wine-scented, and it’ll make you feel so festive you’ll wish you were out caroling.

$20 AT PADDYWAX



NEST Holiday Candle

If you like your holiday candles classic and chic, it doesn’t get more classic than NEST’s “holiday” scented candle. Notes of pomegranate, pine and cinnamon with a hint of vanilla will make you feel like you’re at a fancy holiday party drinking champagne even if you’re just sitting on your couch in your old PJs watching Netflix.

$43.62 AT AMAZON

DW Home Caramel Pumpkin Candle

DW Home’s pumpkin candles always sell out like hotcakes. Their “pumpkin pie” scented candle is already sold out, but this “caramel pumpkin” candle is arguably even more delicious smelling and will make you want to whip up some homemade holiday baked goods.

$27.97 AT AMAZON

Here For The Burn Home Alone Candle

“Keep the change, ya filthy animal!” When it comes to iconic Christmas movies “Home Alone” is right up there at the top of the list. This candle comes in a classic holiday “spices and evergreen” scent or if you want something more non-traditional, you can also get it in a “mango guava” scent.

$35 AT HERE FOR THE BURN



Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie Large Jar Candle

One of the best parts of baking Christmas cookies (other than eating them, of course), is the warm sugary scent that fills the air. Skip the whole long baking situation and simply light this candle for the exact same effect.

$26.07 AT AMAZON

Voluspa Crushed Candy Cane Candle

This Voluspa candle comes in a gorgeous candy cane jar and has fragrant notes of peppermint and vanilla.

AT AMAZON

Otherland Silk Pajamas Candle

If you’re looking for something fancy but not Diptyque expensive, we love new-ish candle brand Otherland, which brings us familiar scents with a refreshing twist. And jars so beautiful, we’ll use them for lipstick and pens when we’ve burned them down to the wick. With notes of crystal ginger, bergamot zest and spiced yuzu, this is not your grandma’s Christmas candle.

$36 AT SEPHORA



George & Viv Holiday Village Boxed Candle

This holiday candle comes in a decorative box and wrapped in a tiny wreath, making it super giftable and perfect if you’re doing Secret Santa with your social circle.

$24 AT ANTHROPOLOGIE

Juliska Twelve Days of Christmas Candle

This luxe candle comes in a beautiful ceramic vessel with an illustration of a partridge in a pear tree, and it’s basically a work of art itself.

$68 AT BLOOMINGDALES

Broken Rosary Candle

If you’re looking for something totally out-of-the-box but still true to Christmas, may we suggest Boy Smells’ Broken Rosary candle? Notes include cedarwood, lush rose water, cardamom, moss, and cinnamon leaf. We guarantee you’ve never smelled anything else like it.

 

$39 AT BOY SMELLS



Winter Scented Candles

Sweet Water Decor Warm & Cozy Candle

Light this “warm and cozy” candle from Sweet Water Decor and you’ll instantly be transported to a woodsy lodge with a crackling fireplace. With notes of pine, orange, cinnamon, cypress and fir, it’s the ultimate cozy winter candle.

$20.00 AT AMAZON

AGRARIA Bitter Orange Scented 7oz Perfume Candle

If you’re over Christmas tree-scented candles by this point, we get it. There’s a lot of spruce and pine out there, and there’s only so much we can take. If you want something more fruity and a little spicy, we totally recommend Agraria’s bitter orange scented candle, which is eternally luxurious and unlike anything we’ve lit before. It’ll make your space feel like winter, but it evokes the in-season citrus part of it that we love so much. Worth every dang penny.

$36.00 AT AMAZON

Bath & Body Works 3-Wick Flannel Candle

There’s truly no better antidote to a rough day than putting on some brand new flannel pajamas and lighting a 3-wick candle from Bath & Body Works. Instant relief.

$14.50 AT BATH & BODY WORKS



Winter Social “Smells Like Champagne Toasts & Mistletoe Moments” Candle

What does “champagne toasts and mistletoe moments” smell like? Notes of wood, orange flower, berries and prosecco.

$28 AT ANTHROPOLOGIE

Gray Malin Ski Candle

Release your inner ski bunny with this candle featuring artwork from photographer Gray Malin.

$49 AT SAKS FIFTH AVENUE

The Candleberry Company Hot Maple Toddy Candle

A “hot toddy” is a classic winter cocktail made from warmed whiskey, lemon juice and honey. Whip yourself up an adult beverage, light this candle and turn on a Hallmark holiday movie.

$26.99 AT AMAZON



Outdoor Fellow Winter Fir Candle

Give this candle to your outdoorsy friend loves nature, doesn’t have a Twitter account and dreams of living in a cabin in the woods with spotty WiFi service.

$36 AT OUTDOOR FELLOW

Bath & Body Works Hot Cocoa & Cream Candle

Remember making hot chocolate as a kid with those powdered packets with tiny marshmallows inside? Now you can get that experience in candle form with this “hot cocoa and cream” candle.

$14.50 AT BATH & BODY WORKS

Soy Christmas Candles

Birthdate December 25th Candle

Birthdate candles have a customized astrological reading based on your birthday on the back of each candle. But this soy and coconut wax blend candle makes a perfect gift for anyone who lives for Christmas, even if they weren’t born on December 25th.

$38 AT BIRTHDATE CANDLES



Paddywax Wonder Holiday Collection in Balsam + Fir Candle

Balsam and fir is one of the most classic Christmas scents. This Paddywax candle comes in a pretty vessel that can easily be repurposed as a cocktail glass.

$16.94 AT AMAZON

Homesick Holiday Stroll Candle

With top notes of sugar plum and red currants, this Homesick candle will make you feel like you’re bundled up taking an evening stroll through the neighborhood looking at all the house lights and decorations.

$35 AT THE PAPER STORE

Illume Winter White Candle

This golden candle Illume’s Noble Holiday Collection looks ultra-fancy and expensive but is actually super reasonably priced.

$23.02 AT AMAZON



Rifle Paper Co. Boxed Holiday Candle

This limited edition holiday candle from Rifle Paper Co. will make you want to fire up your Christmas playlist on Spotify, blast “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and trim the tree with lights.

$34.95 AT PAPER SOURCE

Christmas Tree Candles

Lorenzen Candle Co. Christmas Tree Candle

This rustic Christmas tree candle is made specifically for people who use artificial trees but still want their home filled with that pine scent.

$26.99 AT AMAZON

NEST Votive Candle- Birchwood Pine , 2 oz

We know this is our second NEST candle, but we can’t help it. If you want something absolutely divine and luxurious, NEST makes the most delicious candles that burn seemingly forever. This birchwood pine smells like a pine tree and all the sweetness of Christmas. It’s perfectly musky and earthy, and we’ll be lighting it every night, thankyouverymuch.

$16.00 AT AMAZON



Yankee Candle Icy Blue Spruce Candle

Light this “icy blue spruce” scented candle and imagine yourself walking through the woods in New England after a fresh frost on a crisp winter day.

$22.94 AT AMAZON

Evergreen Pillar Candle

Think out-of-the-box (or out of the jar, rather) and go for these pinecone-shaped pillar candles scented with notes of evergreen, white fir and cedarwood.

$24 AT ANTHROPOLOGIE

Santa’s Naturals Fraser Fir Christmas Candle, 2-Pack

Capture that nostalgic feeling of celebrating the holidays when you were a child with this set of Fraser fir-scented candles that come in retro tins.

$22.95 AT AMAZON



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DW Home Caramel Pumpkin Candle
$27.97
Paddywax Spark Collection in Cranberry R...
$20
NEST Holiday Candle
$43.62
Here For The Burn Home Alone Candle
$35
Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie Large Jar...
$26.07
Voluspa Crushed Candy Cane Candle
George & Viv Holiday Village Boxed Candl...
$24
Otherland Silk Pajamas Candle
$36
Juliska Twelve Days of Christmas Candle
$68
Sweet Water Decor Warm & Cozy Candle
$20.00
Bath & Body Works 3-Wick Flannel Candle
$14.50
Winter Social “Smells Like Champagne T...
$28
Gray Malin Ski Candle
$49
The Candleberry Company Hot Maple Toddy ...
$26.99
Outdoor Fellow Winter Fir Candle
$36
Bath & Body Works Hot Cocoa & Cream Cand...
$14.50
Birthdate December 25th Candle
$38
Paddywax Wonder Holiday Collection in Ba...
$16.94
Homesick Holiday Stroll Candle
$35
Illume Winter White Candle
$23.02
Rifle Paper Co. Boxed Holiday Candle
$34.95
Lorenzen Candle Co. Christmas Tree Candl...
$26.99
Yankee Candle Icy Blue Spruce Candle
$22.94
Evergreen Pillar Candle
$24
Santa’s Naturals Fraser Fir Christmas ...
$22.95
Broken Rosary Candle
$39
Pretend I'm Baking Something Candle
$35
NEST Votive Candle- Birchwood Pine , 2 o...
$16.00
AGRARIA Bitter Orange Scented 7oz Perfum...
$36.00