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.

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. (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 Illumination Schedule

February 2018
February 22 - Founder's Day/World Thinking Day (White and purple)

March 2018
March 2 - Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (Blue)
March 6 - Lymphedema Awareness Day and World Lymphedema Day (American Falls will be illuminated blue)
March 8 - World Kidney Day (American Falls will be illuminated yellow, blue, and lime green)
March 17 - St. Patrick's Day Global Greening (Green)
March 21 - World Down Syndrome Day (Yellow and blue)
March 22 - World Water Day (Blue)
March 24 - Earth Hour (No illumination - 8:30-9:30 p.m.)

April 2018
April 1 - Parkinson's Awareness Month (Blue)
April 6 - Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month (Purple)
April 17 - World Hemophilia Day (Red)
April 19 - CDH Awareness Day (Yellow, blue, and pink)
April 22 - Earth Day (Green)

May 2018
May 10 - World Lupus Day (Purple and white)
May 17 - World NF Awareness Day (Green and blue)
May 18 - Food Allergy Awareness (Teal)
May 19 - Light Up Lime for Lyme Disease Awareness Month (Lime Green)
May 20 - WeHaveAFace for Huntington Disease (Blue and purple)
May 21 - Victoria Day (Purple)
May 28 - Memorial Day (Red, white, and blue)

June 2018
June 5 - World Environment Day (Green)
June 29 - International Scleroderma Awareness Day (Blue)

July 2018
July 1 - Canada Day (Red and white)
July 4 - Independence Day (Red, white, and blue)
July 28 - World Hepatitis Day (Green)

September 2018
September 22 - Chiari Awareness Month (Purple)

October 2018
October 5 - World CP Day (Green)

November 2018
November 5 - Color the World Orange (Orange)
November 11 - Remembrance 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
July 4, 2018 - Independence Day                         Red, white and blue every hour for 15 minutes
November 11, 2018 - Remembrance Day       Red every hour for 15 minutes

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.