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

October 2018
  • October 15 - Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day (Blue and pink)
  • October 16 - International Dyslexia Awareness Month (Red)
  • October 18 - Waste Reduction Week (Green and blue)
  • October 24 - World Polio Day (Red, yellow and white)
  • October 29 - Rett Syndrome Awareness Month (Purple)

November 2018
  • November 1 - International LGS Awareness Day (Green and purple)
  • November 2 - Project Red Ribbon (Red)
  • November 5 - Color the World Orange (Orange)
  • November 7 - 4-H Colors Day (Green)
  • November 8 - Light the World in Teal (Teal)
  • November 11 - Remembrance Day (Red - Top of every hour for 15 minutes)
  • November 15 - Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month & World Pancreatic Cancer Day (Purple)
  • November 17 - Latvia's Centennial (Carmine and white - 9-9:15 p.m., 10-10:15 p.m. and 11-11:15 p.m.)
  • November 24 - Say NO to Violence Against Women (Orange)

December 2018
  • December 1 - World AIDS Day (Red)

Special Holiday Illuminations

Niagara Falls is illuminated for the following annual holidays and significant occasions:
  • February 14, 2018 - Valentine's Day (Pink and red every hour for 15 minutes, illumination extended until 2 a.m.)
  • March 17, 2018 - St. Patrick's Day (Green every hour for 15 minutes, illumination extended until 2 a.m.)
  • March 24, 2018 - Earth Hour (Falls will remain dark from 8:30 - 9:30 p.m.)
  • April 22, 2018 - Earth Day (Green every hour for 15 minutes)
  • May 21, 2018 - Victoria Day (Purple every hour for 15 minutes)
  • May 28, 2018 - Memorial Day (Red, white and blue every hour for 15 minutes)
  • June 5, 2018 - World Environment Day (Green every hour for 15 minutes)
  • July 1, 2018 - Canada Day (Red and white every hour for 15 minutes, illumination extended until 2 a.m.)
  • July 4, 2018 - Independence Day (Red, white and blue every hour for 15 minutes, illumination extended until 2 a.m.)
  • November 11, 2018 - Remembrance Day (Red at the top of every hour for 15 minutes)

Niagara Falls 2018 Illuminations Schedule

  • October 1 - October 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. - Midnight
  • 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