Niagara Falls Illumination of the Horseshoe and American Falls

Falls illumination

Nightly LED Illumination of the Falls

Brighter and more colourful than ever enjoy the Falls Illumination every night

Falls Illumination

Every evening beginning at dusk, the Falls Illumination transforms Niagara Falls into an incredible, multi-coloured water and light masterpiece.

Special lights are housed in the Illumination Tower, next to Queen Victoria Place; on the roof of Table Rock Centre, at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls; and deep in the Niagara Gorge, across from the American Falls. Together, these lights work to create a breathtaking view not to be missed. The falls are also lit in custom colours for short durations to mark significant dates in support of charitable causes. Special colour illuminations are provided courtesy of The Niagara Falls Illumination Board.

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 colour. The new lights also fill gaps to provide a more consistent lighting effect.

The ‘Illumination of the Falls’ has been financed and operated by The Niagara Falls Illumination Board since 1925.

Falls Illumination Schedule

Dates Times
January 1 – January 31 5 PM – Midnight
February 1 – February 28 6:30 PM – Midnight
March 1 – March 11 7 PM – Midnight
March 12 – March 31 8:30 PM – Midnight
April 1 – April 30 8:00 PM – 1 AM
May 1 – May 14 8:15 PM – 2 AM
May 15 – May 31 8:30 PM – 2 AM
June 1 – July 22 8:45 PM – 2 AM
July 23 – August 15 8:15 PM – 2 AM
August 16 – August 31 7:45 PM – 2 AM
September 1 – September 19 7:15 PM – 2 AM
September 20 – September 30 6:45 PM – 2 AM
October 1 – October 15 6:30 PM – 1 AM
October 16 – November 4 6:00 PM – 1 AM
November 5 – December 30 4:30 PM – Midnight
December 31 4:30 PM – 2 AM

Special Illumination Schedule

Niagara Parks, in partnership with the Niagara Falls Illumination Board, offers special colour illumination for charitable and not-for-profit organizations only. To apply for a special illumination, please fill out the Niagara Parks online form.

World Asthma Day Blue May 2, 2017 10:00PM
Mental Health Awareness Week Dark Green May 4, 2017 10:00PM
World Pulmonary Hypertension Day Purple May 5, 2017 10:00PM
World Ovarian Cancer Day Green May 8, 2017 10:00PM
World Lupus Day Purple May 10, 2017 10:00PM
May 12th International Awareness Day Blue, Green & Blue May 12, 2017 10:00PM
Lyme Disease Awareness Month Dark Green May 13, 2017 10:00PM
10th Anniversary of Ballin for a Cause Amber May 15, 2017 10:00PM
World Hypertension Day Red May 16, 2017 10:00PM
World NF Awareness Day Dark Green & Blue May 17, 2017 10:00PM
Huntington Disease Awareness Month Purple & Blue May 18, 2017 10:00PM
World IBD Day Purple May 19, 2017 10:00PM
Food Allergy Awareness Teal May 20, 2017 10:00PM
Victoria Day Purple May 22, 2017 Top of every hour for 15 minutes throughout the evening
Memorial Day Red, White & Blue May 29, 2017 Top of every hour for 15 minutes throughout the evening
World MS Day Canadian Falls  =  Red
American Falls  =  Orange
May 31, 2017 10:00PM
Gun Violence Awareness Day Orange June 1, 2017 10:00PM
In recognition of OSPCA & SPCA Blue & White June 4, 2017 10:00PM
World Environment Day Green June 5, 2017 10:00PM
Italian Heritage Month Green, White & Red June 12, 2017 10:00PM
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Purple June 15, 2017 10:00PM
World Refugee Day Blue June 20, 2017 10:00PM
Make Music Day Orange June 21, 2017 10:00PM
World Scleroderma Day Blue June 29, 2017 10:00PM
Canada Day Red & White July 1, 2017 Top of every hour for 15 minutes throughout the evening
Independence Day Red, White & Blue July 4, 2017 Top of every hour for 15 minutes throughout the evening
International Gastroschisis Awareness Day Dark Green July 30, 2017 10:00PM
Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month Amber/Gold September 1, 2017 10:00PM
World Lymphoma Awareness Day Red September 15, 2017 10:00PM
55th Anniversary of the 1st diagnosis of Mitochondrial Disease Green September 16, 2017 10:00PM
World CP Day Dark Green October 6, 2017 10:00PM
International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day Teal October 7, 2017 10:00PM
World Food Day Blue October 16, 2017 10:00PM
Lung Cancer Awareness Month Green November 1, 2017 10:00PM
Colour The World Orange Orange November 6, 2017 10:00PM
Remembrance Day Red November 11, 2017 Top of every hour for 15 minutes throughout the evening
National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month Purple November 12, 2017 10:00PM
International Day of Persons with Disabilities Green, Blue & Orange December 3, 2017 10:00PM