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Queen Victoria Park, Niagara Falls

Falls Illumination

Every evening beginning at dusk, Niagara Falls is transformed into an incredible, multi-coloured water and light masterpiece.
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Niagara Falls Illumination Experience the dazzling lights on Niagara Falls

Every evening beginning at dusk, Niagara Falls is transformed 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.

“Sparkling Winter Lights” Falls Illumination

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Winter Festival of Lights, discover this all-new illumination display featuring the subtle and sometimes harsh movements inspired by winter in the north. From gentle snowfalls to the aurora borealis gliding over snowy tundra, to blizzards and the frosted falls; winter’s spectacle is exciting and magical.

Enjoy the five-minute “Sparkling Winter Lights” display, as part of the Falls Illumination at the top of each hour from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. until February 20, 2023.

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 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.

American Falls illuminated in the winter
American Falls illuminated at night
Illumination of purple and blue lights on Niagara Falls

Falls Illumination Schedule

January 1 – January 31 5 PM – 1 AM
February 1 – March 11 5:30 PM – 1 AM
March 12 – March 31 7:30 PM – 2 AM
April 1- May 14 8:00 PM – 2 AM
May 15 – July 31 8:30 PM – 2 AM
August 1 - August 15 8:00 PM – 2 AM
August 16 - August 31 7:30 PM – 2 AM
September 1 - 19 7:00 PM – 2 AM
September 20 - 30 6:30 PM – 2 AM
October 1 - 15 6:15 PM – 2 AM
October 16 - October 31 6:00 PM – 2 AM
November 1 - December 31 4:30 PM – 2 AM

The Niagara Falls are often lit in special colours for many registered charities marking a significant date in support of their cause. Special Colour Illuminations are provided courtesy of The Niagara Falls Illumination Board.

Special Illumination Calendar

DateTimeCauseColour(s)
January 3, 20239:00 - 9:15Support for Damar Hamlin (Buffalo Bills)Blue
January 4, 20239:00 - 9:15In Memory of Constable Grzegorz Pierzchala Blue
January 6, 20239:00 - 9:15Canada's Gold Medal at the World Junior Hockey ChampionshipsRed and White
January 11, 202310:00 - 10:15Human Trafficking Awareness DayBlue
January 13, 202310:00 - 10:15Brotha Sista Community DayBlue, Pink
January 17, 20238:00 - 8:15Stratcona CupBlue, White, Red, White
January 18, 202310:00 - 10:15Stratcona CupBlue, White, Red, White
January 21, 20236:00 - 9:00TourBlue
January 21, 20239:15 - 9:30BillsRed, White, Blue
January 22, 20239:15 - 9:30BillsRed, White, Blue
January 22, 202310:00 - 10:15Chinese Lunar New YearRed
January 26, 202310:00 - 10:15National School Choice WeekYellow, Red
January 26, 202310:15 - 10:30International Holocaust Remembrance DayYellow
January 27, 202310:00 - 10:15Polar PlungeRed, White
January 27, 202310:15 - 10:30International Holocaust Remembrance DayYellow
January 28, 202310:00 - 10:15Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome Awareness DayPurple
January 29, 202310:00 - 10:15National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack and Action Against IslamophobiaGreen
January 30, 202310:00 - 10:15World NTD DayBlue, Purple, Orange, Red
January 31, 202310:00 - 10:15University of Buffalo - Men's Basketball - True BlueBlue
February 1, 202310:00 - 10:15Black History MonthRed, Green, Black
February 2, 202310:00 - 10:1515th Annual International Prostate Cancer Awareness Observance Day Blue
February 3, 202310:00 - 10:15National Wear Red DayRed
February 4, 202310:00 - 10:15World Cancer DayOrange, Blue
February 10, 202310:00 - 10:15International Ski Patrol DayRed, White, Yellow, Blue
February 13, 202310:00 - 10:15Wear Red for CanadaRed
February 14, 2023Hourly 6:00 - 11:00Valentine's DayPink & Red
February 14, 202310:00 - 10:15Congenital Heart DayRed
February 16, 202310:00 - 10:15Independence Day of LithuaniaYellow, Green, Red
February 16, 202310:15 - 10:30Light It Green For CCA (cholangiocarcinoma) projectGreen
February 22, 202310:00 - 10:15World Encephalitis Day 2023Red
February 22, 202310:15 - 10:30World Thinking DayBlue, Yellow
February 22, 202310:30 - 10:45Ontario's Human Trafficking Awareness DayBlue
February 24, 20238:00 - 8:15In solidarity with Ukraine & Ukrainian People - 1 year mark since invasion of UkraineBlue, Yellow
February 24, 202310:00 - 10:15In solidarity with Ukraine & Ukrainian People - 1 year mark since invasion of UkraineBlue, Yellow
February 27, 202310:00 - 10:15Dominican Republic Independence DayBlue, White, Red
February 28, 202310:00 - 10:15Rare Disease Day ClevelandPink
February 28, 202310:15 - 10:30Rare Disease Day 2023Green, Blue, Pink, Purple
February 28, 202310:30 - 10:45Global Chain of LightsGreen, Blue, Pink
March 1, 202310:00 - 10:15Shed A Light on ENDOYellow
March 3, 202310:00 - 10:15National Day of BulgariaWhite, Green, Red
March 3, 202310:15 - 10:30Brock University's Relay for Life GroupYellow, Blue
March 3, 202310:30 - 10:45Dress in Blue DayBlue
March 4, 202310:00 - 10:15Light Up the Night for EndometriosisYellow
March 5, 202310:00 - 10:15International Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Awareness DayBlue
March 6, 202310:00 - 10:15Turn the Town Teal for World Lymphedema DayTeal
March 7, 202310:00 - 10:15Colorectal Cancer AwarenessBlue
March 9, 202310:00 - 10:15World Kidney DayYellow, Blue
March 17, 2023Top of every hour for 15 minutesSt. Patrick's Day Global GreeningGreen
March 18 , 202310:00 - 10:15Amyloidosis Awareness MonthRed
March 25, 20238:30 - 9:30Earth Hour No Illumination/Tours
March 25, 202310:00 - 10:15Endometriosis Awareness MonthYellow
March 31, 20239:00 - 9:15Dental Hygiene ConferenceBlue
March 31, 202310:00 - 10:15Defeat MSA /Move4MSAPurple
March 31, 202310:15 - 10:30Multiple Myeloma Awareness DayRed
April 1, 202310:15 - 10:30April Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness MonthRed, White
April 22, 2023Top of every hour for 15 minutesEarth DayGreen
April 26, 202310:00 - 10:15Canadian Fertility Awareness WeekGreen
May 12, 202310:00 - 10:15MCS Awareness DayYellow, Green
May 12, 202310:15 - 10:30National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day Purple
May 22, 2023Top of every hour for 15 minutesVictoria DayPurple
May 29, 2023Top of every hour for 15 minutesMemorial DayRed, White & Blue
June 5, 2023Top of every hour for 15 minutesWorld Environment DayGreen
June 19, 2023Top of every hour for 15 minutesJuneteenth Freedom DayRed, Green & Black
June 30, 2023Top of every hour for 15 minutesPrideRainbow
July 1, 2023Top of every hour for 15 minutesCanada DayRed & White
July 4, 2023Top of every hour for 15 minutesIndependence DayRed, White & Blue
August 10, 202310:00 - 10:15Ecuador Independence DayYellow, Blue, Red
September 30, 2023Top of every hour for 15 minutesNational Day of Truth and ReconicllationOrange
October 9, 2023Top of every hour for 15 minutesCanadian ThanksgivingRed, White
November 8, 2023Top of every hour for 15 minutesNational Indigenous Veterans DayOrange
November 11, 2023Hourly 6:00 - 11:00Remembrance DayRed
November 11, 2023Hourly 6:15 - 11:15Veterans DayRed, White, Blue
November 23, 2023Top of every hour for 15 minutesAmerican ThanksgivingRed, White, Blue