33 Christmas candles that smell like the best of the festive season

More than ever this year, the comfort of home has become crucial, especially when it comes to the approaching festive season. However our celebrations may end up looking come December, setting the scene will add a much-needed sense of normality – and stashing a solid selection of Christmas candles on the mantlepiece or windowsill is a great place to start.

Jars scented with pine, peppermint, cinnamon and chestnut will fill your space with the classic notes we know and love from this time of year, whether it’s as a beautifully warm welcome for guests or for you to enjoy along with some peace and quiet. And whatever your budget may be, there are plenty of amazing Christmas candles out there for 2020 in your price range.

From surprisingly cheap scented candles with impressive staying power to luxe jars that will delight even the most discerning of candle fans, here’s our edit of the best so far, starting from just £3.49.

33 of the best Christmas candles for 2020

muni Large Tin Candle - Gold & MyrrhLarge Tin Candle – Gold & Myrrh, £7.95, Muji

Muji’s candles are unrivalled for the price.

muji Tin Candle ChristmasTin Candle Christmas, £4.95, Muji

Orange, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom; the ultimate stocking stuffer.

the white company Winter Signature CandleWinter Signature Candle, £20, The White Company

Warming and inviting (and strong enough to scent the whole house).

Jo Malone Limited Edition Roasted Chestnut Home Candle
Limited Edition Roasted Chestnut Home Candle, £52, Jo Malone London

You’ve heard the song, now smell the candle.

Another spicy limited-edition line that’s bound to sell out.

Like a brisk forest walk with every burn.

space nk Christmas candle shimmering spiceShimmering Spice Candle, £26, Space NK

It’s on Caroline Hirons’ wishlist for a reason…

Hotel Collection Hurricane Gift Candle, £19.99, Aldi

Available in Pomegranate, Bitter Orange and Sweet Almond & Macaroon. 

Scentcerity Bubble Candle, £3.49, Aldi

Another Aldi bargain that comes in Mulled Wine, Sweet Treats, Festive Fir or Snowy Sugar Plum.

Christmas candles Next Christmas Cookie Jar CandleChristmas Cookie Jar Candle, £10, Next

(Almost) good enough to eat.

evermore christmas candle

Evermore Winter Solstice Candle, £70, &YOU

Fit to sit on the most stylish of shelves.

Neom Christmas Wish Scented CandleChristmas Wish Scented Candle, £32, Neom Organics

Traditional fruit and spice blended with cosy tonka bean.

Christmas candles Frosty Gingerbread Large JarFrosty Gingerbread Large Jar, £23.99, Yankee Candle

If you love sweet Christmas candles, head straight to Yankee.

John Lewis Winter Spice Scented CandleWinter Spice Scented Candle, £16, John Lewis & Partners

A gorgeous – and affordable! – festive gift option.

Christmas candles skogSkandinavisk Skog (Forest) Scented Candle With Lid, £35, Selfridges

The next best thing to a real tree.

Starry Night CandleStarry Night Candle, £9.50, M&S

An alternative take on Christmas candles with notes of lavender, neroli and sandalwood.

M&S 20 Hour Apple & Spice Light Up Candle20 Hour Apple & Spice Light Up Candle, £8, M&S

These safer LED light-up candles are fab if you’re worried about open flames.

Altar Candle, £57, Byredo

Clove bud and bay mingle with carnation and ylang ylang for a calming Christmas scent.

Christmas candles Katie Loxton Let It Snow CandleLet It Snow Candle, £16.99, Katie Loxton

As fresh and crisp as falling snow.

Bella Freud Fairytale of New York CandleFairytale of New York Candle, £45, Bella Freud

One of the chicest Christmas candles you’ll ever come across.

Cowshed Winter CandleWinter Candle, £38, Cowshed

50 hours burn time with rose, neroli, ylang-ylang, cinnamon and clove.

Jo Loves Christmas Trees CandleChristmas Trees Candle, £55, Jo Loves

Traditional pine joins forces with lavender, incense and amber.

Jo Loves Plum Pudding CandlePlum Pudding Candle, £55, Jo Loves

Candied fruits and caramelised sugar aplenty.

A budget take on the plum vibe that’s still delicious.

Candy cane fans, this is the candle for you.
Cinnamon Scented Candle in a Glass Jar
For when you want your home to smell of nothing but festive baking.
loaf Christmas Candles
Smells like ‘fir tree, cedarwood, cinnamon, and a 5am wake-up call’.
Diptyque Moonlit Fir Candle
A luxury option with the most exquisite packaging.
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Cinnamon, ginger, orange, lemon and jasmine – this ticks all of our uplifting festive boxes.
victoria cator Santa baby candle
An extravagant option to be burned on the cosiest of winter evenings.
suzanne Kaufman Christmas candle
Heavy on the frankincense, and beautifully boxed.
sun.day London candle
The perfect candle to bring a touch of the outdoors in, blended with six essential oils including pine needle, cedarwood, peppermint and eucalyptus.
sophie james mayfair christmas candle

The Christmas Stocking – Home Candle, £55, Sophie James Mayfair

An ultra-glam glass jar filled with citrus, cinnamon and clove with hints of floral jasmine.