The skit began with Alec Baldwin (playing Trump) explaining to Kate McKinnon (playing his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway) why he went on his "thank you" tour and chose former Texas Gov. Rick Perry as energy secretary.
"Wasn't that a great choice? I saw him on 'Dancing With the Stars,'" the Trump character said.
"This guy has so much energy. Unpresidented," he added, referring to a misspelled tweet Trump posted Saturday.
"SNL" also poked fun at Trump for reportedly having a tough time finding musicians to perform at his inauguration. Beck Bennett ― playing a shirtless Putin ― then came out of the fireplace to give Trump a special Christmas "Elf on the Shelf" gift, in reference to a CIA report that Russia interfered with the presidential election.
When Baldwin-as-Trump said he feels bad at not getting him anything, Bennett-as-Putin replied: "Please, Mr. Trump, you are the gift."
Finally, actor John Goodman made an appearance to play Trump's pick for secretary of state, Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson.
Tillerson is friendly with Putin in real life, so Goodman arrived on the scene to do a special dance with Bennett's character before discussing business. Meanwhile, all Trump could do is talk about his meeting with Kanye West.