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

August 2018
  • August 25 - Alfie's Army (Blue and purple)

September 2018
  • September 1 - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (Gold)
  • September 7 - SU2C (Stand Up To Cancer; Red and orange)
  • September 15 - World Lymphoma Awareness Day/Light it Red for Lymphoma (Lime green and red - alternating)
  • September 22 - Chiari Awareness Month (Purple)
  • September 28 - Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month (Green, blue and teal)
  • September 29 - World Heart Day (Red)
  • September 30 - Dystonia Awareness Month (Blue)

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, 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 every hour for 15 minutes)

Niagara Falls 2018 Illuminations Schedule

  • August 1 - August 15: 8:15 p.m. - 2 a.m.
  • August 16 - August 31: 7:45 p.m. - 2 a.m.
  • September 1 - September 19: 7:15 p.m. - 2 a.m.
  • September 20 - September 30: 6:45 p.m. - 2 a.m.
  • 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