The best Christmas candles – the scents of the season and where to buy them

Add some atmosphere to this year's festivities with our picks of the seasonal candles

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Is there anything that instantly transports you to a Holiday state of mind than the delightful scent Christmas candles?

While candles are, of course, popular year round, there's just something extra special about selecting the perfect Christmas candle - or candles - to scent your home each year. Seasonal fragrances, from cloves or cinnamon to eucalyptus or fir, are a powerful tool in adapting your mood and putting you right there in the midst of the festive spirit.

The vessels and containers, too, are something to look forward too. Perhaps you like to purchase the latest limited edition offering from your go-to brand, or you look for the perfect design to set off the style of your home this season.

We've selected our favorites for this year, and so whatever lights a spark for you, there should be a Christmas buy for you.

The best US Christmas candles

Based in the US of A or buying for someone who is? These are the best Christmas candles to shop for. Click here to see our Christmas candles choices for the UK.

1. Moonlit Fir

Christmas candles Diptyque

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Moonlit Fir Candle, $78, Diptyque Paris

Iconic French brand Diptyque have launched three new fragrances for the 2020 Holiday season -  Floral Majesty, Amber Feather and our favourite Moonlit Fir.

Contained in a lively green glass jar and black lid, this candles is scented with the invigorating pine, eucalyptus and peppermint, capturing the feeling of an aromatic forest.View Deal

2. Holiday Gloria

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Cire Trudon Holiday Gloria Classic Candle, $125, Bloomingdale's

For a truly luxurious candle, look to Cire Trudon's Christmas offerings of Fir, Gabirel and Gloria.

The ruby red and gold embossed Gloira candle is a warming and evocative scent of firewood, with notes of patchouli, vetiver and cedarwood.View Deal

3. Cypress & Fir

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Paddywax Cypress & Fir Ceramic Tree Stacked Candle, $38, Macy's

More than meets the eye - this muted ombré Christmas Tree from Paddywax is actually two stackable ceramic candles and a matching incense holder.

The fragrance notes include Douglas Fir, pine, cypress, mistletoe leaves and bergamot.View Deal

4. Winter Harbor 

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Winter Harbour Bark Candle, $98, Serena and Lily

For a coastal home, choose a candle that reflects your surroundings this winter.

This bark-encased candle has key notes of smoke, orange spice, fir and pine, to keep you feeling cozy even is the ocean is raging.View Deal

5. St. Nicholas

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SOH Melbourne St. Nicholas Candle, $70, Jayson Home

From Australia comes this handcrafted soy and wax candles in a delightfully curved matte green glass jar.

The fresh, earthy candles has scents of pine, fir needles, ash and smoke.View Deal

6. Holiday Pop

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Holiday Pop Candle, $48, Jonathan Adler

Add some glitz to your table this Christmas or hostess gift with this (reusable) golden vessel. 

This Jonathan Adler candle is infused with scents of crisp winter air - pine, berries, cinnamon and clove.View Deal

7. Crushed Candy Cane

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Voluspa Candy Cane Candle Tin, $22, Anthropologie

A three wick candle in a cheerfully striped tin, this Voluspa design is a perfect gifting option.

The candle is scented with crisp peppermint and undertones of warm, buttery cookies. View Deal

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8. Holiday Hearth

Christmas Candles Yankee Candle

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Holiday Hearth, Was £23.99 Now £16.79, Yankee Candle

With a delightful 20% off candles at Yankee Candle this Black Friday, you can really stock up for Christmas.

One of our favorites is the warm, earthy and cozy Holiday Hearth, perfect for adding atmosphere when gathering with friends and families this holiday season.View Deal

9. Frosted Cherry and Clove

Christmas Candles Jo Malone

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Frosted Cherry and Clove Home Candle, £52, Jo Malone London

Well known for their limited edition candles, Jo Malone has a few new Christmas options this year, but our top choice is the warm and juicy Frosted Cherry and Clove.

The sweet cherry meets spicy clove, warming cinnamon and amber. The candle comes in a beautiful Art Deco inspired-design glass jar.

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10. Winter Indulgence

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Winter Indulgence Botanical Candle, £85, The White Company

Why settle for one wick when you could have six?

This giant candle infused with cinnamon, orange and berries is a classic from The White Company, and no Christmas living room is complete without one one the coffee table. 

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11. Juniper Jazz

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Molton Brown Juniper Jazz Candle, £42, John Lewis and Partners

This Roaring Twenties inspired candle will act as a chic addition to your candle offerings this Christmas.

Fragranced with metallic nites, mint and juniper berries, it's an enlivening scent that might just get you doing the Charleston.View Deal

12. Moonlit Fir

Christmas candles Diptyque

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Set of three Christmas candles, £92, Diptyque

Part of the Holiday Collection is the charming animals that are stars of the story and each one is represented by a new scent. Floral Majesty (the lion) has the scent of roses warmed with spices, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon; Amber Feather (the swan) has citrus notes with warming orange, cinnamon and ginger; Moonlit Fir (above, the stag), has the scent of a forest with underlying notes of eucalyptus, rosemary and peppermint. Buy them as a set of three small candles or as full size individual candles.View Deal

13. Neom Organics candle

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Organics London Real Luxury Scented Candle, £16, Neom

This candle contains the highest possible percentage of the purest possible essential oils – a complex blend of pure, natural vegetable wax and 100% natural fragrance with nothing else added. 

The therapeutic scent of 16 pure essential oils has been expertly blended: there's rose to lift your mood and lime and black pepper to stimulate the mind. Warm afternoons in Moroccan kasbahs, flanked by thousands of damask pink buds and blousy petals? Yes please.View Deal