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21 Best Christmas Candles to Make Your Home Look (and Smell) Festive

Whether you want your home to smell like a Christmas tree, freshly baked gingerbread or a crackling fire, the best Christmas candles will turn your home into a festive holiday oasis.

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Snow Globe Candlesvia merchant

Snow Globe Candle

Ready to walk in a winter wonderland? This dreamy snow globe candle captures the magic of Christmas with each burn session. Choose from a variety of sizes and scents, like gilded cassia, winter white thyme and white fir and pomelo. And, once your candle reaches the end of its life, repurpose that adorable snow globe lid into an ornament, gift topper or other piece of holiday decor.

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The Nutcracker Homesick Candlevia merchant

The Nutcracker Candle

Play the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” before grabbing the matches! Inspired by the beloved holiday tale, The Nutcracker candle includes notes of cinnamon, clove, pecan, sandalwood, wintermint, ginger, vanilla and musk.

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Candle Advent Calendar

Count down the days until Christmas with the ultimate candle Advent calendar. This bestselling pick includes 24 mini tin candles in festive holiday scents. Choose from five adorable label designs, then decide if you’d like tea lights, 1-ounce candle tins, 2-ounce candle tins, snowflake-shaped wax melts—or a mix of all four! Check out more delightful Advent calendars.

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Holiday Tin Candle

Foodies, this one’s for you. Pick up a holiday tin candle in three so-good-you’ll-want-to-eat-it scents: milk and cookies, hot buttered rum and mulled wine. Plus, each festive flavor is donning its holiday best in a gorgeous tin. Pair with one of these holiday food gifts.

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Bell-Shaped Candle

This bell-shaped candle looks good and gives back. Available in two sizes, this three-wick candle exudes notes of Valencia orange, vanilla bean and warming spices. Plus, 25% of your purchase price goes to help the mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Snow Candle

Ooh la la! You can’t go wrong with a stunning “Neige” candle from Diptyque Paris. This French candle is practically magic. Turn out the lights, and, with each burn, a starry design glows on the jar. To all a good night, indeed!

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Rifle Paper Co Holiday Candle via merchant

Holiday Candle

Reminiscent of Christmas past, this holiday candle captures all of your childhood memories in one nostalgic scent. Transport yourself back in time to cozy nights spent with family by the fire, holiday tree trimming parties and delicious winter dinners.

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Julia Childs Christmas Candle Sticksvia merchant

Checked Dinner Candles

Cast a cozy glow on Christmas dinner with a pair of taper candles. This checked pattern, with a band of Christmas tree motifs, adds stately elegance to a centerpiece or effortlessly flanks a buffet. Just don’t forget the candlestick holders!

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Gingerbread and Vanilla Candle

Add some Christmas cheer to sleek spaces with a slim gingerbread and vanilla candle. Modeled after traditional prayer candles, this beauty comes in several other tantalizing scents. Each jar feature seasonal sayings like “Ho, Ho, Ho,” “Jingle Bells” and “Let it Snow.”

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12 Days Of Christmas Candles via merchant

12 Days of Christmas Candles

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…this stunning candle gift set! Honor the classic song with a dozen vibrant, illustrated candles. We love the animal-inspired motifs and 12 delicious scents, such as spiced eggnog, mulled chai cider and blackberry balsam.

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Agraria Balsam Candle Via Saksfifthavenuevia merchant

Balsam Perfume Candle

Trust us when we say that this balsam perfume candle doesn’t need to be wrapped. Its packaging is already gift-ready! In addition to the stunning box, the candle itself is placed in textured glass that casts a sparkly glow every time the candle’s lit. Give this as a gift to mom or grandma.

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Volcano Candle

The iconic volcano candle gets a gilded holiday makeover. We love its gold, mercury glass jar that will look good from Thanksgiving through New Years. And don’t forget that intoxicating tropical scent!

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Candy Cane Candle via merchant

Crushed Candy Cane Candle

This crushed candy cane candle looks as good as it smells. Featuring bright, peppermint-inspired stripes, this hand-poured beauty burns with notes of peppermint (obviously), sugar cookie and vanilla bean. Sweet tooths will appreciate these Christmas chocolates, as well.

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Winter Berry Candle via merchant

Winter Berry Candle

This fruity winter berry candle is the perfect choice for your kitchen during the holiday season. Notes of pomegranate, cassis and sweet orange give it a fresh smell, while clove and cedar add depth and warmth to its scent. Plus, if you’re giving it as a gift, you can even have it monogrammed for a small fee. It would be great paired with one of our favorite candle accessories!

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Winter Mantelvia merchant

Winter Mantel Candle

You can spruce up your holiday decor—pun intended—with this woodsy winter mantel candle. It has top notes of Fraser fir, holly berry and mistletoe, with sweet sugar, spruce and cedar at the base. It’s the perfect finishing touch to your holiday mantel, and its 60+ hour burn time will last all season long. Candles make great gifts for coworkers too.

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Christmas Candle Bundle

For three times the holiday cheer, turn to this Santa’s Naturals candle bundle. Winter berry, Fraser fir and snow fall scents are all made of a sustainable soy and beeswax blend for candles you can feel good about burning. Gift the whole set, or split it up into individual stocking stuffers.

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Simply Christmasvia sweetwaterdecor/etsy.com

Minimalist Christmas Candle

You can get all the quintessential Christmas smells wrapped up in one minimalist Christmas candle. It comes in a pretty amber jar, and as it burns, you’ll get notes of apple cider, cinnamon, Christmas trees, cookies and more. So what are you waiting for? Grab your electric candle lighter and get burning!

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Christmas Treevia merchant

Christmas Tree Candle

Not only does this handmade tree candle smell like a holiday fir, it’s shaped like one too. The candle resembles an intricate snow-covered Christmas tree, and if you can bear to burn it, you’ll be rewarded with scents of eucalyptus, mint, cypress, pine and smoke. It would be an amazing addition to your Christmas table decorations!

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Nest Fragrances Holiday Scented Classic Candle Ecomm Amazon.comVIA MERCHANT

Holiday Classic Candle

All your favorite seasonal scents are wrapped up into one in this holiday classic candle. It features a blend of pomegranate, mandarin orange, pine, cloves and cinnamon with just a hint of vanilla and amber, and the candle is housed in a gold-accented glass vessel to complement your holiday decor.

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Magical Frosted Forest Candle Ecomm Via Yankeecandlevia merchant

Magical Frosted Forest Candle

Yankee Candle offers some of the most iconic holiday candles, including this magical forest scent. The fan-favorite has notes of icy eucalyptus, pine needles and white cedar that will transport you into an enchanted world. Be sure to check out the Yankee Candle Scent of the Year, too!

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Eucalyptus, Balsam and Wild Berries DIY Candle Kit

Do you have an empty candle jar tucked away in your cupboard? If so, you can give it new life this holiday season with a DIY candle kit. This particular kit offer scents of eucalyptus, balsam and wild berries, and all you have to do is melt and pour the wax into a vessel of your choosing. Learn more about how to make candles.

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Camryn Rabideau
Camryn is Taste of Home contributor who specializes in home décor, product reviews and general lifestyle content. She holds a degree in fashion merchandising from the University of Rhode Island and jumps at any opportunity to tap into her design expertise.
Katie Bandurski
As Senior Shopping Editor, Katie connects Taste of Home readers with the best gifts, deals and home products on the market. An avid foodie and a holiday enthusiast, Katie is an expert at cultivating meaningful moments. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and watching Christmas movies.