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Yes, those were two Santas dangling from a Bethesda high-rise

Woodmont Triangle apartment building arranged for window washers to dress as St. Nick to bring holiday cheer to residents

Window washers dressed as Santa dangle from a building on Norfolk Avenue in Bethesda.

via 7770 Norfolk

If you were walking in Woodmont Triangle on Nov. 18 and thought you saw two Santa Clauses washing windows on a high-rise building, it wasn’t because you were hitting the holiday eggnog early.

To bring cheer to residents, management of the 17-story 7770 Norfolk apartment building arranged for two window washers to dress as Santa. Their colorful red costumes stuck out against the gray sky as they worked their way around the exterior glass.

A representative for the building told Bethesda Beat that the appearance by the Santas was a socially distanced way to celebrate the holidays and build community. Residents of the building were encouraged to take photos from their apartments and submit them as part of a social media contest.

Istref Haxhosaj, who has lived at the building since 2016, said “seeing the window washers hanging with a rope on our glass building was quite a treat.” As for his 5-year old son, Haxhosaj said this solved a lingering chimney question as “now he knows Santa will be able to … enter through the balcony!”

The window washers work for Valcourt Building Services, an exterior building maintenance company. They appeared to enjoy the extra attention and chance to bring smiles to the Woodmont Triangle area as much as those who encountered them.

Brian Scott, a director at the company, said, “It’s obviously been a tough year and we’re always looking to brighten people’s days.”

A dog watches as a window cleaner dressed as Santa goes by.

Scott said people around the Washington area should be on the lookout for more Santas in the coming weeks.

This isn’t the first time special window washers have made an appearance at 7770 Norfolk, which is at the corner of Norfolk and Fairmont avenues. Earlier this year, window washers scaled the building in Spider-Man suits.