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 special illuminations is shown below.

Inspired by Nature

As of November 14, 2020, the "Inspired by Nature" display will become part of the regular nightly illumination of the Falls, with the five-minute lighting display playing through three times on the half hour, beginning at 7:30 each evening, with additional shows at 8:30, 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 pm.

The new illumination display will feature color palettes and movements inspired by nature, including the sunrise, aurora borealis, rainbow and sunset. The mighty American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls will come alive every evening with this tribute to the natural beauty all around us.

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.

2022 Falls Illumination Schedule

Dates On Off
October 1 - 15 6:15 PM 2:00 AM
October 16 - 31 6:00 PM 2:00 AM
November 1: Fall Back 1 Hour
November 1 - December 31 4:30 PM 2:00 AM


2022 Special Illumination Dates

Date Time Event Color
October 12 10:00 - 10:15 National Day of Spain
October 13 10:00 - 10:15 #LightUpMBC/Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day Green, Pink, Teal
October 13 10:15 - 10:30 World Thrombosis Day Blue, Red
October 14 10:00 - 10:15 World Skin Disease Awareness Day Green, Blue
October 15 10:00 - 10:15 International Wave of Light on Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day Pink, Blue
October 16 10:00 - 10:15 World Food Day 2022 Blue
October 16 10:15 - 10:30 Mark it Read for Dyslexia Red
October 17 10:00 - 10:15 Secret Path Week - In Memory of Gord Downie Purple
October 20 10:00 - 10:15 Light It Up! For NDEAM® Purple, Blue
October 20 10:15 - 10:30 Lights on Afterschool Yellow, Blue
October 22 10:00 - 10:15 International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD) Green
October 22 10:15 - 10:30 Secret Path Week - In Memory of Chanie Wenjack Purple
November 8 15 min at the top of every hour (evening) National Indigenous Veterans Day Orange
November 11 15 min at the top of every hour (evening) Remembrance Day Red
November 11 15 min at the bottom of every hour Veterans Day Red, White, Blue


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