Niagara Falls illumination

Niagara Falls Illumination

A tradition that has now lasted for nearly a century, the Niagara Falls light show provides visitors a chance to see the Falls in a whole new way.

Since 1925, the Niagara Falls Illumination Board (NFIB) has provided nightly illumination of Niagara Falls for all to enjoy. This illumination includes a range of colors that alternate throughout the evening and shine over all of Niagara Falls.

The NFIB has also helped to raise awareness for hundreds of charities and special causes through special Niagara Falls light show requests.

Special illuminations are limited to one fifteen minute block per night, at 10:00 pm unless otherwise specified by the Niagara Falls Illumination Board.

Niagara Falls illuminations are governed by the bi-national Niagara Falls Illumination Board. The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) administers all special color illumination requests within the NFIB policy and current guidelines approved by the NFIB Board.

In addition to illuminations for annual holidays, internationally recognized signature dates and other significant occasions as determined by the NFIB Board, the NFIB accepts requests from non-denominational, non-political registered or not for profit charities. The request must be significant to the cause and recognized bi-nationally or internationally.

Please note that special color illumination requests cannot be considered for:

  • Commercial requests (e.g. product launches)
  • Personal occasions (e.g. birthdays, marriage proposals)
  • Religious or political events or observations
  • Institutions or professions (e.g. hospitals, schools)

How to Apply
To be considered, all requests must be:

  • Received in writing by full completion of the Niagara Falls Illumination Board’s Special Illumination Request form available online at
  • Completed and signed by a management representative of the official organization making the request
  • Received by NPC at least 30 days in advance of the illumination date requested

Additional Information
If you plan to appoint commercial photographers, invite media or organize an event within The Niagara Parks Commission’s property (Niagara Falls, Ontario) or the New York State Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation property (Niagara Falls, New York) additional rules and permits may apply. For information about associated permit applications, policies and guidelines please visit the following websites:

The Niagara Parks Commission at

New York State Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation at