Niagara Falls illumination

Niagara Falls Illumination

Hundreds of LED lights are housed in three locations across the Niagara Gorge in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Together, these lights work to create a breathtaking view not to be missed, and are illuminated every night of the year beginning at dusk.

Throughout the year, Niagara Falls is illuminated for holidays and significant occasions, as determined by the Niagara Falls Illumination Board (NFIB). The falls are also lit in custom colors for short durations to mark significant dates in support of charitable causes. A schedule of upcoming illuminations for such causes is shown below, and all will take place from 10-10:15 p.m. unless otherwise noted (excluding special holiday illuminations).

The New Falls Illumination

In 2016, almost 20 years since the last major investment in falls lighting, the existing Xenon lights were replaced with new, energy-efficient LED lighting technology. These new lights provide more than twice the previous lighting levels, programmable lighting, and a wider spectrum of color. The new lights also fill gaps to provide a more consistent lighting effect.

Niagara Falls Charitable Cause Illuminations

March 2020
  • March 20 - CHAMP1 Awareness Day (Purple)
  • March 21 - World Down Syndrome Day (Yellow & blue)
  • March 22 - Destination Imagination (Orange & purple)
  • March 24 - World TB Day (Red)
  • March 26 - Epilepsy Awareness Day (Purple)
  • March 27 - World Theatre Day (Orange)
  • March 28 - Earth Hour (No illumination; 8:30-9:30PM)
  • March 28 - March is Easter Seals Month (Red & white; 10-10:15PM)
April 2020
  • April 1 - Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month (Red & white)
  • April 2 - World Autism Awareness Day (Blue)
  • April 3 - Esophogeal Cancer Awareness Month (Purple)
  • April 4 - National Parkinson's Awareness Month (Blue)
  • April 7 - Green Shirt Day (Green)
  • April 10 - Premenstruated Dysphoric Disorder Awareness Month (Teal)
  • April 11 - National Child Abuse Awarness Month (Pink & white)
  • April 14 - Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) (Blue)
  • April 17 - Light it Up Red, World Hemophilia Day (Red)
  • April 19 - Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Day (Blue, pink & yellow)
  • April 22 - Earth Day (Green; top of the hour every hour throughout the evening from 8PM until 1AM)
  • April 28 - National Day of Mourning (Yellow)
  • April 29 - World Wish Day (Blue)
  • April 30 - National Donate Life Month (Green & blue)
May 2020
  • May 1 - Bladder Cancer Awareness Month (Orange)
  • May 7 - World Ovarian Cancer Day (Teal)
  • May 8 - "Go Green" for National Public Gardens Week (Green)
  • May 9 - Darkness into Light Niagara (Yellow)
  • May 10 - World Lupus Day! (Purple & white)
  • May 13 - Do Something Good For Your Neighbour Day (Purple)
  • May 14 - Apraxia Awareness Month (Blue)
  • May 15 - Lyme Disease Awareness Month (Green)
  • May 16 - World Hypertension Day 2020 (Red)
  • May 17 - World NF Awareness Day (Green & blue)
  • May 18 - Victoria Day (Canada; Purple; top of the hour every hour throughout the evening from 8:30PM until 2AM)
  • May 19 - PSW Day (Green & blue)
  • May 20 - Light it Up for HD 2020 (Blue & purple)
  • May 23 - Rankin Cancer Run (Orange)
  • May 25 - Memorial Day (USA; Red, white & blue; top of the hour every hour throughout the evening from 8:30PM until 2AM)
June 2020
  • June 1 - National Deafblind Awareness Month (Blue)
  • June 5 - World Environmental Day (Green; top of the hour every hour throughout the evening from 8:45PM until 2AM)
  • June 6 - 6th National Gun Violence Awareness Day (Orange)
  • June 8 - ALS Awareness Month (Purple)
  • June 12 - Day of the Russian Federation (White, blue & red)
  • June 17 - CDKL5 Awareness Day (Green)
  • June 19 - World Sickle Cell Day (Red & white)
  • June 23 - Global HHT Awareness Day (Red & blue)
  • June 29 - International Scleroderma Awareness Day (Blue & white)
  • June 30 - Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC) Awareness Day (Blue)

Special Holiday Illuminations

Niagara Falls is illuminated for the following annual holidays and significant occasions:

March 28 – Earth Hour

  • Falls will remain dark from 8:30pm to 9:30pm

April 22 – Earth Day

  • Illumination in green at the top of every hour for 15 minutes

May 18 – Victoria Day (Canada)

  • Illumination in purple at the top of every hour for 15 minutes

May 25 – Memorial Day (USA)

  • Illumination in red, white and blue at the top of every hour for 15 minutes

June 5 – World Environmental Day

  • Illumination in green at the top of every hour for 15 minutes

July 1 – Canada Day

  • Illumination in red and white at the top of every hour for 15 minutes

July 4 – Independence Day

  • Illumination in red, white and blue at the top of every hour for 15 minutes

November 11 – Remembrance Day

  • Illumination in red at the top of every hour for 15 minutes

Niagara Falls 2020 Illuminations Schedule

  • January 1-31: 5 p.m. 1 a.m.
  • February 1-28: 6:30 p.m. 1 a.m.
  • March 1-11: 7 p.m. 1 a.m.
  • March 12-31: 8 p.m. 1 a.m.
  • April 1-30: 8 p.m. 1 a.m.
  • May 1-14: 8:15 p.m. 2 a.m.
  • May 15-31: 8:30 p.m. 2 a.m.
  • June 1-July 22: 8:45 p.m. 2 a.m.
  • July 23-31: 8:30 p.m. 2 a.m.
  • August 1-15: 8:15 p.m. 2 a.m.
  • August 16-31: 7:45 p.m. 2 a.m.
  • September 1-19: 7:15 p.m. 2 a.m.
  • September 20-30: 6:45 p.m. 2 a.m.
  • October 1-15: 6:30 p.m. 1 a.m.
  • October 16-November 4: 6 p.m. 1 a.m.
  • November 5-December 30: 4:30 p.m. 1 a.m.
  • December 31: 4:30 p.m. 2 a.m.

How to Submit Special Niagara Falls Lighting Requests

Please visit our Illumination Requests page for more information on how to submit a special Niagara Falls lighting request.

Illumination Requests