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
January 1 - 31 5:00 PM 1:00 AM
February 1 - March 11 5:30 PM 1:00 AM
March 7: Spring Forward 1 Hour
March 12 - 31 7:30 PM 2:00 AM
April 1 - May 14 8:00 PM 2:00 AM
May 15 - July 31 8:30 PM 2:00 AM
August 1 - 15 8:00 PM 2:00 AM
August 16 - 31 7:30 PM 2:00 AM
September 1 - 19 7:00 PM 2:00 AM
September 20 - 30 6:30 PM 2:00 AM
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 Annual Special Illumination Dates

Date Time Event Color
January 23 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Division Playoffs (GO BILLS!) Blue
January 27 10:00 AM - 10:15 AM National School Choice Week Yellow, Red
January 27 10:15 AM - 10:30 AM International Holocaust Remembrance Day Yellow
January 28 10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome Awareness Day Purple
January 29 10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Quest for Kindness - Alzheimer Awareness Month Blue, White
January 29 10:15 AM - 10:30 AM National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack Green
January 30 10:00 AM - 10:15 AM World NTD Day Orange, Purple
February 14 15 min at the top of every hour until 2:00 AM Valentines Day Pink and Red
March 17 15 min at the top of every hour until 2:00 AM St. Patrick's Day Green
March 27 Falls will remain dark from 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM Earth Hour N/A
April 22 15 min at the top of every hour Earth Day Green
May 18 15 min at the top of every hour Victoria Day (Canada) Purple
May 25 15 min at the top of every hour Memorial Day (USA) Red, White, Blue
June 5 15 min at the top of every hour World Environmental Day Green
June 19 15 min at the top of every hour Juneteenth Red, Green, Black
June 30 15 min at the top of every hour Pride Rainbow
July 1 15 min at the top of every hour Canada Day Red, White
July 4 15 min at the top of every hour Independence Day Red, White, Blue
September 30 15 min at the top of every hour National Day of Truth and Reconciliation Orange
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