Santa, Rudolph, and the Grinch were joined by elves Bobby Valentine and Brian Cashman as they rappelled down Stamford’s Landmark Square building Sunday night. The crowd cheered on their favorites as they came down the 22-story building for the city’s annual Heights and Lights event, hosted by the Stamford Downtown Special Services District.
“It’s a really unique event with Santa climbing the building, it’s a really great thing to do with the kids,” says one spectator.
“You get off the side there and all of a sudden it’s a whole other world, but it’s fun and we brought in Christmas and we want that Christmas spirit to stay with everyone all year round,” says Brian Cashman.
“It was awesome coming down the building,” says Brian Cashman. “A Great crowd, the weather turned out perfect, a little snow here to the end, and it was cool; it’s a feeling I can’t describe, being part of this show is a great thing and hopefully the people that came out enjoyed it.”
After the decent, families gathered at Latham Park to enjoy live holiday music and the annual Christmas tree lighting. Snow began to fall shortly before Santa and his friends joined the crowd as the big tree was brought to life.
“It was super fun, the energy was really really high, people were so excited for Christmas, the event itself is really special,” says Lizzie Swan with The Swingset Mamas. “Everyone comes out, the lights, and then it started snowing so people were rocking.”
“As a kid I remember going to these and watching it and so it was really something that I was really amazed that we were playing this and it was really awesome,” says Noah Swan of the Swingset Mamas. “I really enjoyed being out there and seeing just this sea of people who were all there.”