A black-out forced thousands of Eagle River residents to spend Christmas in the glow of candles, not Christmas lights.
While some say it added a special holiday feel others are upset with the power company.
About 5,000 homes were affected by the power outage on Christmas day, and it lasted anywhere from two to eight hours.
Scott McMurren spent the holiday in Eagle River. "We had the dinner and all the goodies and houer'dourves on the table, at that point when we sat down, boom lights went out."
McMurren was having Christmas at a friends house, it ended up being an impromptu candlelit dinner.
"It was just dusky, just dusky so we went out and lit all the candles,and there were a lot that had never been lit before."
While some say it added to the holiday spirit, others are upset it left turkeys uncooked in the oven and guests inside in the cold.
Joe Griffith the General Manager for Matanuska Electric Association apologized.