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

May 2019
  • May 1 - National Foster Care Month Kick Off (Blue)
  • May 2 - Bladder Cancer Awareness Month (Orange)
  • May 3 - Lyme Disease Awareness (8-8:15 p.m., 9-9:15 p.m., 10-10:15 p.m., and 11-11:15 p.m.; Green)
  • May 4 - Mission 8 Buffalo Niagara Honor Flight (Red, white, and blue)
  • May 5 - World Pulmonary Hypertension Day (Purple)
  • May 6 - Holocaust Remembrance (Yellow)
  • May 7 - World Awareness Ovarian Cancer Day (Teal)
  • May 8 - Children's Mental Health Awareness Week (Green)
  • May 10 - Worldwide Lupus Awareness Day (Purple)
  • May 11 - International Awareness Day - MCS (Yellow and green)
  • May 12 - International Awareness Day for CIND (Green, blue, and purple)
  • May 13 - National Public Gardens Day (Green)
  • May 14 - Aparaxia Awareness Day (Blue)
  • May 15 - NEC Awareness Day (Green and blue)
  • May 16 - World Hypertension Day (Red)
  • May 17 - World NF Awareness Day (Green and blue)
  • May 18 - Turn it Teal for Food Allergies (Teal)
  • May 19 - Huntington Disease Awareness Month (Blue and purple)
  • May 20 - Victoria Day (Purple every hour for 15 minutes)
  • May 21 - VON Week (Blue)
  • May 23 - Red Nose Day (Red)
  • May 24 - National Schizophrenia and Psychosis Awareness Day (Green and purple)
  • May 25 - Rankin Cancer Run (Orange)
  • May 27 - Memorial Day (Red, white and blue every hour for 15 minutes)
June 2019
  • June 1 - Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month (9-9:15 p.m.; Purple)
  • June 1 - Gun Violence Awareness Month (10-10:15 p.m.; Orange)
  • June 2 - Visit by Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport (9-9:30 p.m.; Green, white and red)
  • June 2 - World Eating Disorders Day (9:45-10 p.m.)
  • June 2 - Cooley's Anemia Foundation CareWalk for a Cure for Thalassemia (10-10:15 p.m.; Red and blue)
  • June 3 - National Deaf-Blind Awareness Month (Blue)
  • June 5 - World Environment Day (Top of every hour throughout the evening from 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.; Green)
  • June 6 - Shriners International Awareness Day (Burgundy and gold)
  • June 7 - Annual Italian Heritage Month (Green, white and red)
  • June 8 - ALS Awareness Month (Purple)
  • June 9 - #WearOrange Campaign (Orange)
  • June 10 - Jumpstart (Red and white)
  • June 14 - World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (Purple)
  • June 15 - Shine a Light on Tourette Syndrome (Teal)
  • June 17 - CDKL5 Awareness Day (Green)
  • June 19 - World Sickle Cell Day (Red and white)
  • June 20 - Make Music Day (Orange)
  • June 21 - Pollinator Week (Yellow and orange)
  • June 22 - HHT Awareness (Red and blue)
  • June 30 - Pride Celebration (Orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet)
July 2019
  • July 1 - Canada Day (Top of every hour throughout the evening from 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.; Red and white)
  • July 4 - Independence Day (Top of every hour throughout the evening from 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.; Red, white, and blue)
  • July 5 - Pride at Niagara (Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet)
  • July 22 - International Fragile X Awareness Day (Teal)
  • July 27 - Empire State Ride (Orange and blue)
  • July 28 - World Hepatitis Day (Green)
  • July 29 - International Schleroderma Awareness Day (Blue and white)
  • July 30 - Gastroschisis Awareness Day (Green)

Special Holiday Illuminations

Niagara Falls is illuminated for the following annual holidays and significant occasions:
  • February 14, 2019 - Valentine's Day (Pink and red every hour for 15 minutes, illumination extended until 2 a.m.)
  • March 17, 2019 - St. Patrick's Day (Green every hour for 15 minutes, illumination extended until 2 a.m.)
  • March 30, 2019 - Earth Hour (Falls will remain dark from 8:30 - 9:30 p.m.)
  • April 22, 2019 - Earth Day (Green every hour for 15 minutes)
  • May 20, 2019 - Victoria Day (Purple every hour for 15 minutes)
  • May 27, 2019 - Memorial Day (Red, white and blue every hour for 15 minutes)
  • June 5, 2019 - World Environment Day (Green every hour for 15 minutes)
  • July 1, 2019 - Canada Day (Red and white every hour for 15 minutes)
  • July 4, 2019 - Independence Day (Red, white and blue every hour for 15 minutes)
  • November 11, 2019 - Remembrance Day (Red at the top of every hour for 15 minutes)

Niagara Falls 2019 Illuminations Schedule

  • April 1-30: 7 p.m. - 1 a.m.
  • May 1-14: 8 p.m. - 2 a.m.
  • May 15-31: 8:15 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: 5 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