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 (8:00 PM - 2:00 AM).

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).

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.

Niagara Falls Charitable Cause Illuminations

Date Time Cause Color
May 1 9:30 - 9:45 May Mental Health Awareness Green
May 1 9:45 - 10:00 United Way Niagara 5th Annual Period Promise Campaign Red
May 1 10:00 - 10:15 Doctor's Day Blue
May 2 10:00 - 10:15 Celebrating Polonia Day / Polish Flag Day Red, White
May 3 9:45 - 10:00 Anti-Vaping Day Yellow
May 3 10:00 - 10:15 Bladder Cancer Awareness Month Red, Yellow
May 4 9:15pm, 10:15pm & 11:15pm May 4 National Tourism Week Red
May 4 10:00 - 10:15 Observance of International Firefighters' Day Red
May 5 9:45 - 10:00 World Pulmonary Hypertension Day Purple
May 5 10:00 - 10:15 Children's Mental Health Awareness Week Green
May 7 10:00 - 10:15 "Gone Green" for the former National Public Gardens Green
May 8 9:45 - 10:00 International Thalassemia Day Red
May 8 10:00 - 10:15 Ovarian Cancer Canada Teal
May 9 10:00 - 10:15 Europe Day in Canada Yellow, Blue
May 10 9:30 - 9:45 Turquoise Takeover Teal
May 10 9:45 - 10:00 Melanoma Awareness Month Yellow, Blue
May 10 10:00 - 10:15 World Lupus Day Purple
May 12 9:45 - 10:00 SOS MCS Yellow, Green
May 12 10:00 - 10:15 Nurses Week (Florence Nightingale's Birthday) Blue
May 14 9:45 - 10:00 Independence Day of the Republic of Paraguay Red, White, Blue
May 14 10:00 - 10:15 Apraxia Awareness Day Blue
May 15 9:45 - 10:00 International MPS Awareness Day Yellow, Blue
May 15 10:00 - 10:15 Food Allergy Awareness Month Teal
May 16 9:45 - 10:00 International Celiac Disease Awareness Day Green
May 16 10:00 - 10:15 National Awareness "Do Something Good For Your Neighbor Day" Purple
May 17 10:00 - 10:15 World NF Awareness Day Green, Blue
May 18 9:45 - 10:00 Haitian National Day Red, Blue
May 18 10:00 - 10:15 Light up for Huntingtons Disease Purple, Blue
May 19 9:45 - 10:00  World IBD Day Purple
May 19 10:00 - 10:15 Honoring PSWs on PSW Day Green, Blue
May 22 10:00 - 10:15 Lite Up For Lyme disease Green
May 23 9:45 - 10:00 Paramedic Services Week Orange
May 23 10:00 - 10:15 Food Allergy (Anaphylaxis) Awareness Month Teal
May 24 10:00 - 10:15 Victoria Day Purple
May 26 9:45 - 10:00 Independence Day of Georgia Red, White
May 26 10:00 - 10:15 The Independence Day of The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Red, Green, White, Black
May 27 10:00 - 10:15 National Foster Care Month Blue
May 28 9:45 - 10:00 Menstrual Health Day Red
May 28 10:00 - 10:15 Memorial Day Red, White, Blue
May 29 9:45 - 10:00 VON Week 2021 Blue
May 29 9:00 - 9:15 & 10:00 - 10:15 National Day of the Republic of Croatia Red, White, Blue
May 30 9:45 - 10:00 Light It Teal for Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month Yellow, Teal
May 30 10:00 - 10:15 World MS Day Orange

 

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