ITHACA N.Y. —Santa and his elves dropped by the Ithaca Commons Saturday, Dec. 2, with a little help from the local S.W.A.T. team. There to welcome them were dance troupe Next Jennaration, the Fall Creek Brass Band, and a crowd of jolly Ithacans.

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After watching the video interview with rappel master Sgt. Derek Necheporek of Ithaca Police Dept., check out the photo gallery below of the S.W.A.T. team’s pre-event exercises and the crowd of folks that cheered them on.

All photos by Lincoln Gardner for The Ithaca Voice.

Jacob is a videographer & digital media contributor for The Ithaca Voice.