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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.

Inspired by Nature Illumination Display

This special illumination display features colour palettes and movements inspired by nature, including the sunrise, aurora borealis, rainbow and sunset. The mighty American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls come alive every evening with this tribute to the natural beauty all around us.

“Inspired by Nature” display is part of the regular nightly illumination of the Falls, with the five-minute lighting display playing through three times on the half hour, beginning at 9:30 each evening, with additional displays at 10:30, 11:30, and 12:30am.

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)
September 110:00 - 10:15National Day of the Slovak RepublicWhite, Blue, Red
September 110:15 - 10:30Make Canada GoldYellow
September 110:30 - 10:45Arthritis Awareness MonthBlue
September 110:45 - 11:00World PCOS Day/ PCOS Awareness MonthTeal
September 210:00 - 10:15Alopecia Areata Awareness Month: Light It Up Blue for Alopecia AreataBlue
September 2 10:15 - 10:30SHINE GOLD for the KidsGold
September 410:00 - 10:15National Polycystic Kidney Disease Awareness DayTeal
September 5Hourly 9:00 & 11:00Labour Day
September 510:00 - 10:15Dystonia Awareness MonthBlue, White
September 510:15 - 10:30Prostate Cancer Awareness MonthBlue
September 510:30 -10:45Suicide Prevention Awareness MonthPurple, Teal
September 510:45 - 11:00 PatrioticRed, White, Blue
September 610:00 - 10:15Childhood Cancer AwarenessYellow
September 7 10:00 - 10:15World Duchenne Awareness DayRed
September 7 10:15 - 10:30 Bicentennial of the Independence of BrazilGreen, Yellow, Blue, White
September 810:00 - 10:15Mexico's National DayGreen, White, Red
September 910:00 - 10:15World of FASD DayRed
September 910:15 - 10:30International FASD Awareness DayRed
September 910:30 - 10:45Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness MonthBlue, Teal, Blue, Blue
September 910:45 - 11:00General Pulaski AssociationWhite, Red, White, Red
September 911:00 - 11:15World Suicide Prevention DayTeal, Purple
September 1010:00 - 10:15Viva Mexico at the FallsGreen, White, Red
September 1010:15 - 10:30World Suicide Prevention DayYellow
September 10 10:30 - 10:45Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness MonthRed, Blue
September 1110:00 - 10:15Walk of Hope Teal
September 1110:15 - 10:30Memorial and Museum, Tribute in LightsBlue
September 129:00 - 9:15International Association of Women in Policing insupport of UkrainBlue, Yellow
September 1210:00 - 10:15Living Donation WeekGreen
September 1210:30 - MidnightIn Memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Royal Blue
September 1310:00 - 10:15World Sepsis DayPink
September 1310:30 - MidnightIn Memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Royal Blue
September 1410:00 - 10:15Craniofacial Acceptance MonthRed, Blue, Yellow
September 1410:30 - MidnightIn Memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Royal Blue
September 159:00 - 9:15International Association of Women in PolicingRed, White
September 1510:00 - 10:15Costa Rica IndependenceBlue, White, Red
September 1510:15 - 10:30 Light it Red for Lymphona - World Lymphoma Awareness DayRed
September 1510:30 - MidnightIn Memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Royal Blue
September 1610:00 - 10:15Chiari Malformation AwarenessPurple
September 1610:15 - 10:3020th Bi-Annual National Scleroderma ConferenceBlue, Teal, White
September 16 10:30 - MidnightIn Memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Royal Blue
September 1710:00 - 10:15Conquer Chiari Walk Across AmericaPurple
September 1710:15 - 10:30World Patient Safety DayOrange
September 1710:30 - MidnightIn Memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Royal Blue
September 1810:00 - 10:15National Day of ChileRed, Whtie, Blue
September 1810:15 - 10:30Terry Fox RunRed, Blue
September 18 10:30 - midnightIn Memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Royal Blue
September 1910:00 - 10:15Aspire of Western New York - 75th AnniversaryGold, Teal
September 1910:30 - MidnightIn Memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Royal Blue
September 2010:00 - 10:15National Day of the Republic of CyprusYellow, White
September 2010:15 - 10:30Ontario Homebuilders Association Green
September 2010:30 - 10:45Honduras Independence Day CelebrationTeal, White, Teal
September 2010:45 - 11:00 Independence Day of El SalvadorBlue, White
September 21 10:00 - 10:15World Alzheimer Awareness DayBlue
Septeber 2210:00 - 10:15 Buffalo Broadcasters Association's 100th Year Blue
September 2310:00 - 10:15Hunger Action DayOrange
September 2310:15 - 10:30Bi Visibility DayBlue, Pink, Purple
September 2410:00 - 10:15Light Up for Mito - World Mitochondrial Disease WeekGreen
September 2610:00 - 10:15Mesothelioma Awareness DayBlue
September 2810:00 - 10:15British Home Child DayBlue, White, Red
September 2810:15 - 10:30VIP Tour
September 2810:30 - 10:45Rowan's LawPurple
September 30Hourly 7:00 - 11:00National Day of Truth and ReconciliationOrange
September 3010:15 - 10:30Light up green for NICU Awareness DayGreen
October 1 10:00 - 10:15University of Buffalo HomecomingBlue
October 1 10:15 - 10:30 Dysautonomia Awareness Month: Make Noise for TurquoiseTeal, White, Teal
October 210:00 - 10:1585th Annual Pulaski Day ParadeWhite, Red
October 2 10:15 - 10:30Wrongful Conviction DayYellow, White
October 710:00 - 10:1510th International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness DayTeal
October 810:00 - 10:15Fallen Fire FightersRed
October 1210:00 - 10:15National Day of SpainWaiting to hear back from the Embassy
October 1310:00 - 10:15#LightUpMBC/Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness DayGreen, Pink, Teal
October 1310:15 - 10:30World Thrombosis Day Blue, Red
October 1410:00 - 10:15World Skin Disease Awareness DayGreen, Blue
October 15 10:00 - 10:15International Wave of Light on Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day Pink, Blue
October 1710:00 -10:15Secret Path week - in memory of Gord Downie Purple
October 1610:00 - 10:15World Food Day 2022Blue
October 1610:15 - 10:30Mark it Read for DyslexiaRed
October 20 10:00 - 10:15Light It Up! For NDEAM®Purple, Blue
October 20 10:15 - 10:30Lights on AfterschoolYellow, Blue
October 2210:00 - 10:15International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD)Green
October 2210:15 - 10:30Secret Path week - in memory of Chanie WenjackPurple
November 110:00 - 10:15International LGS Awareness Day Green, Purple, Green, Purple
November 110:15 - 10:30MADD Canada's 2022 Project Red RibbonRed
November 1 10:30 - 10:45National Hospice and Palliative Care MonthTeal, Yellow
November 310:00 - 10:15Light the World in TealTeal
November 7 10:00 - 10:15Colour the World Orange for CRPS/RSD AwarenessOrange
November 7 10:15 - 10:30Eczema Awareness MonthBlue
November 8Hourly 6:00 - 11:00National Indigenous Vetrans DayOrange
November 9 10:00 - 10:15Azerbaijan National Flag DayBlue, Red, Green
November 11Hourly 6:00 - 11:00Remembrance DayRed
November 11Hourly 6:15 - 11:15Vetrans DayRed, White, Blue
November 1210:00 - 10:15Light for Education and Prevention of Pneumonia Blue
November 12 10:15 - 10:30Centennial Celebration - 100 years of Greater Service, Greater Progress around the worldRoyal Blue, Gold, Gold, Royal Blue
November 14 10:00 - 10:15World Diabetes DayBlue
November 1710:00 - 10:15National Children's Grief Awareness DayBlue
November 1710:15 - 10:30World Pancreatic Cancer DayPurple
November 1710:30 - 10:45World Prematurity DayPurple
November 1810:00 - 10:15Independence Day of Latvia Red, White, Red
November 19 10:00 - 10:15November Pancreatic Cancer Awareness MonthPurple
November 2010:00 - 10:15National Child Day in CanadaBlue
November 2410:00 - 10:15Zonta Says NO-16 Days of ActivismOrange
November 2810:00 - 10:15100th Birthday of Easter Seals Ontario Red, White
November 2910:00 - 10:15GivingTuesday 2022Red, White, Blue, Yellow
November 3010:00 - 10:15Stomach Cancer Awareness DayBlue, Purple
December 110:00 - 10:15World AIDS DayRed
December 1010:00 - 10:15Human Rights DayBlue