Candles have been used at Christmas since the middle ages, when large candles were used to represent the Star of Bethlehem. Another tradition was to leave a lit candle in a window on Christmas Eve to symbolise Christ. Candles were also used to decorate Christmas trees… until people realised how dangerous that was!

Even now, candles are closely tied to Christmas. They add a lovely warming glow to your room and fill the whole house with your favourite seasonal scents. Festive air fresheners are a more recent invention, but in recent years they’ve been a really popular way to make homes smell really Christmassy.

One of the most important (and fun!) things to consider when decorating your home with candles is which festive scent to choose – you don’t want to be stuck with a smell you don’t like! We’ve got a great range of deliciously festive scented candle jars to help create the perfect ambience, such as red fruits and vanilla pod – both available in round or square jars. They’ll burn for hours – ideal for the Christmas period. They also make lovely gifts.

Pillar candles are the perfect way to make an impact. They’re elegant, striking, and can be used as centrepieces on a table, fireplace or mantelpiece. Try mixing different sized pillar candles to create a statement. Check out our range, which includes vanilla and red fruits:

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Create subtle table displays or dinner table centrepieces with scented pot pourri. Just pop in a festive bowl and you’re good to go! Check out our range which again includes vanilla and red fruits, both ideal scents for this time of year:Red Pot Pourri
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When thinking about scented candles, either choose something subtle for this time of year such as red fruits, or go for something undoubtedly festive – our favourites include the wilko spiced apple and cinnamon candle, and the Air Wick mince pie candle which smells like freshly-baked festive treats. Mmmmm!

If you don’t have time for candles, or if you have lots of little ones and pets running around the house, why not scent your home with a special Christmassy air freshener – like the Air Wick Pure aerosol in Mistletoe Kiss fragrance? A quick spray before guests arrive and your home will smell fantastically festive!

Here at Wilko, we’ve got a great range of air fresheners including sprays, oils, gels, beads, wax melters and plug-ins. One of our favourites is the Air Wick mulled wine by the fire wax melts, which gives your home a delightful fragrance for a combined total of 120 hours!

For something simple and discreet, we love the Glade apple and cinnamon plug-in.

Shop our full range of air fresheners and candles at

Finally, just a quick word of warning – please don’t leave a candle unattended, or anywhere children or pets could get to it.

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