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 2020
  • February 1 - TS Women's Retreat (Purple)
  • February 2 - The Brown Byrd Foundation Prostate Cancer Awareness Day (Blue)
  • February 4 - World Cancer Day (Orange & blue)
  • February 7 - Eating Disorder Awareness Week (Purple)
  • February 14 - Valentines Day (Pink & red; top of the hour every hour throughout the evening from 6:30PM until 1AM)
  • February 20 - 100th Anniversary of the Kinsmen of Canada (Red & white)
March 2020
  • March 1 - Light the Night for Amyloidosis (Red)
  • March 3 - Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (Blue)
  • March 6 - World Lymphedema Day 2020 (Teal)
  • March 12 - World Kidney Day (Orange)
  • March 17 - St. Patrick's Day (Green; top of the hour every hour throughout the evening from 8PM until 2AM)
  • March 20 - CHAMP1 Awareness Day (Purple)
  • March 22 - Destination Imagination (Orange & purple)
  • March 24 - World TB Day (Red)
  • March 28 - Earth Hour (No illumination; 8:30-9:30PM)
  • March 28 - March is Easter Seals Month (Red & white; 10-10:15PM)
April 2020
  • April 4 - National Parkinson's Awareness Month (Blue)
  • April 10 - Premenstruated Dysphoric Disorder Awareness Month (Teal)
  • April 14 - Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) (Blue)
  • April 19 - Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Day (Blue, pink & yellow)
  • April 22 - Earth Day (Green; top of the hour every hour throughout the evening from 8PM until 1AM)

Special Holiday Illuminations

Niagara Falls is illuminated for the following annual holidays and significant occasions:

February 14 – Valentines Day

  • Illumination in pink and red at the top of every hour for 15 minutes
  • Falls will be illuminated until 2:00am

March 17 – St. Patrick's Day

  • Illumination in green at the top of every hour for 15 minutes
  • Falls will be illuminated until 2:00am

March 28 – Earth Hour

  • Falls will remain dark from 8:30pm to 9:30pm

April 22 – Earth Day

  • Illumination in green at the top of every hour for 15 minutes

May 18 – Victoria Day (Canada)

  • Illumination in purple at the top of every hour for 15 minutes

May 25 – Memorial Day (USA)

  • Illumination in red, white and blue at the top of every hour for 15 minutes

June 5 – World Environmental Day

  • Illumination in green at the top of every hour for 15 minutes

July 1 – Canada Day

  • Illumination in red and white at the top of every hour for 15 minutes

July 4 – Independence Day

  • Illumination in red, white and blue at the top of every hour for 15 minutes

November 11 – Remembrance Day

  • Illumination in red at the top of every hour for 15 minutes

Niagara Falls 2020 Illuminations Schedule

  • January 1-31: 5 p.m. 1 a.m.
  • February 1-28: 6:30 p.m. 1 a.m.
  • March 1-11: 7 p.m. 1 a.m.
  • March 12-31: 8 p.m. 1 a.m.
  • April 1-30: 8 p.m. 1 a.m.
  • May 1-14: 8:15 p.m. 2 a.m.
  • May 15-31: 8:30 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: 6 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