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

February 2019
  • February 15 - 2019 Canada Winter Games (Red, white and yellow)
  • February 16 - 70 Year Anniversary of signing the Lithuanian Partisans Declaration (Yellow, green and red)
  • February 23 - 2019 Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids Sake (Purple)
  • February 28 - International Mother Language Day (Red) 
March 2019
  • March 6 - World Lymphedema Day (Teal)
  • March 14 - World Kidney Day (American Falls - Yellow, green and blue; Canadian Falls - Orange)
  • March 17 - St. Patrick's Day Global Greening (Every hour throughout the evening for 15 minutes, Green)
  • March 22 - World Water Day (Blue)
  • March 23 - ReRun's Racehorse Adoption Awareness (Green)
  • March 30 - Earth Hour (Falls will remain dark from 8:30 - 9:30 p.m.)

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

  • February 1-28: 5:15 p.m. - 1 a.m.
  • March 1-11: 5:30 p.m. - 1 a.m.
  • March 12-31: 6:30 p.m. - 1 a.m.
  • 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