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.

St. Patrick’s Day Global Greening Green March 17, 2017 Top of every hour for 15 minutes throughout the evening
World Water Day Blue March 22, 2017 10:00PM
Earth Hour No Illumination March 25, 2017 8:30PM – 9:30PM
Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness Purple March 26, 2017 10:00PM
Parkinson’s Awareness Month Blue April 1, 2017 10:00PM
World Autism Awareness Day Blue April 2, 2017 10:00PM
Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Month Red & White April 3, 2017 10:00PM
CDH Action Day Amber, Red & Blue April 19, 2017 10:00PM
Earth Day Green April 22, 2017 Top of every hour for 15 minutes throughout the evening
Bladder Cancer Awareness Month Orange May 1, 2017 10:00PM
Lyme Disease Awareness Month Dark Green May 13, 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
Food Allergy Awareness Canadian Falls = Blue
American Falls = 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
Gun Violence Awareness Day Orange June 1, 2017 10:00PM
In recognition of the December 3rd International Day of Persons with Disabilities Green, Blue & Orange June 3, 2017 10:00PM
In recognition of OSPCA & SPCA Blue & White June 4, 2017 10:00PM
World Refugee Day Blue June 20, 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
World CP Day Dark Green October 4, 2017 10:00PM
World Food Day Blue October 16, 2017 10:00PM
Remembrance Day Red November 11, 2017 Top of every hour for 15 minutes throughout the evening