Christmas shopping can be a real drag. No matter how much you prepare for it, it almost always ends up being a mad rush to get everything done. However, you typically don’t have to do it in the pitch dark. A bunch of Toronto shoppers was forced to navigate their way through an eerily dim Eaton Centre on Monday night after a power outage caused parts of the famous shopping centre to be plunged back into the dark ages.

According to Toronto Hydro, the blackout was the result of a broader disruption that affected parts of downtown Toronto early yesterday evening.

Thankfully, it didn’t last long, and power was quickly restored to the city’s shopping hub. However, stores that were affected by the situation did briefly close their doors during the outage.

Oddly enough, the Eaton Centre Christmas tree remained a beacon of light during the outage. It’s possible that the giant holiday attraction may actually run on Christmas spirit itself.

However, it’s also possible that it's simply plugged into an alternative source of electricity. Personally, I like to think the former is true.

Torontonians, who were in the mall at the time, took the opportunity to take some spooky shots of the situation. 

“The power went out in a large portion of the Eaton Centre, and this was all that was left on. It was super spooky and was giving me Stranger Things vibes?” wrote one Twitter user.

Others took to accusing the tree of sucking up all of the shopping centre’s electricity.

“Power outage in the Eaton Centre. I blame the tree,” added another.


"We can confirm that we lost power in a section of the mall for a brief period yesterday evening starting at approximately 4:55 p.m." Anna Ng, a manager for The Cadillac Fairview Corporation, told Narcity. 

"Power was restored, and normal operations resumed at the centre at approximately 6:15 p.m." 

"Following an investigation, it was determined that the outage was due to a localized power disruption by Toronto Hydro, which impacted a number of nearby commercial and residential buildings. Toronto Hydro concluded that there was a fault in their power grid," Ng added.

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