'Ted Lasso' Star Hannah Waddingham's Love for Christmas Time Is So Contagious, We're Already in the Holiday Spirit

The actress shared all of her favorite things about the holidays plus, her travel tips for anyone visiting the UK during the most wonderful time of the year.

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MICHAEL TRAN/AFP via Getty Images

If there’s one holiday party you should be hoping to get invited to, it is a fête thrown by Hannah Waddingham. Because, as the Ted Lasso star told us, she goes “hard” for the holidays.

"Honestly, I can't actually tell you how obsessed with Christmas I really am, it's actually ridiculous," she shared with Travel + Leisure over Zoom. “I absolutely love it because I just think, how boring it can be, being a grownup.”

This holiday season, Waddingham is teaming up with Baileys Original Irish Cream Liqueur for a cheerful partnership that honors the magic of the season and all the joy that comes with it. The actor and Baileys even solidified their new partnership with a brand-new holiday jingle, recently released on Instagram.

"I liked that it lent into me being somebody from a musical background," Waddingham, who got her start in London's West End, shared when asked what drew her to the partnership. Admittedly, the actress said she's also been a fan of the drink "since the '90s," adding that it "was probably the first [drink] I ever tried."

Waddingham who will also be doubling down on her Christmas cheer in an Apple TV+ special "Hannah Waddingham: Home for Christmas," also loves a low-key celebration, off camera, she told us.

"I have a little girl, so we kind of hunker down quite a lot," she shared of her holiday plans. "It's a perfect opportunity for me to make a lovely roast dinner."

Hannah Waddingham

Window or aisle seat?

If I'm traveling on a short flight, I'll do aisle. But if I'm in for the long haul — cozy by the window, switched off.

Favorite Christmas song?

“You know, the I’ll Be Home for Christmas, anything Mariah Carey, It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. All of it.

Tips for travelers heading to the UK for the holidays?
"I always say get out of London. Go to Windsor Castle because it's absolutely breathtaking [or] go to Hampton Court and the ice rink at Hampton Court Palace.

Do you have any dream destinations for a holiday trip? 

I went to Gstaad once, which I loved. But now I'd quite like to take my girl to Lapland to see the Northern Lights and to go to one of the Christmas markets

 Are there travel products that you can’t live without? 

Moisturizer up the wazoo. I'm obsessed with it. My full skincare regime has to always come with me. I have to say, there's a product by Shane Cooper, his mask, which is the most hydrating thing ever on the planet. And definitely a good 50 SPF.

And thankfully, this year, she’ll get to indulge in it all, as opposed to holiday time last year.

“I was in Sydney shooting a movie, and even though they have all their decoration stuff and everything, it's hot, and I'm sorry it's wrong,” she shared with a laugh. “So, this is the first Christmas back in the cold again.” 

<p>Courtesy of Bailey's Irish Cream</p>

Courtesy of Bailey's Irish Cream

Naturally, she’s keeping it cozy with her cocktails too.

“I'm telling you, people need to do a trolley dash in the supermarket and get them all because they're so good,” Waddingham shared about Bailey’s’ various flavors. “There's also a lower-sugar one and I didn't even know until my friend made me hot chocolate last Christmas. So people need to get involved in that.”

But, most importantly of all, Waddingham added, that this Christmas, perhaps more than ever, people need to gather one critical ingredient: Their loved ones.

“I would just say keep people close that you love,” she said. “As we know, life is very short. So keep your family close.” 

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