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Ryan Gosling Will Not Leave This SNL Holiday Party Until He Meets Santa

Ryan Gosling is a man of convictions. He believes in Canada. He believes in feminism. And in one of SNL’s best sketches this past weekend, he believes in Santa.

In a brief, impeccably acted digital short, Gosling and Vanessa Bayer play the new couple in the neighborhood, whose jovial presence at a holiday party takes on a more threatening cast when it’s implied that none other than St. Nick is in the building. What follows is a tense, extremely funny hostage situation—and this being Gosling, we get a romantic dance for good measure.