Santa lost his suit a few years ago in a fire. But the children still recognize him. At restaurants and stores they will stare and come up to him all year long. He always carries candy canes, don't want to disillusion anyone. You try and find candy canes in July. I have found if you keep the candy in a cool place it will last all year. This is actually our youngest niece and turned out to be the cutest picture without a suit. Santa volunteers at a couple places and they provide a suit and take the pictures.