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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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Experience the 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)
May 1 9:30 - 9:45Mercy Flight HelicopterOrange, Blue
May 110:00 - 10:15OMA Doctors DayBlue
May 110:15 - 10:30ALS Awareness MonthBlue, White, Blue
May 1 10:30 - 10:45World Lyme DayGreen
May 210:00 - 10:15National Travel WeekRed
May 39:30 - 9:45Polish Heritage Month / Polish Constitution DayWhite, Red
May 310:00 - 10:15 Anti-Vaping Awareness DayYellow
May 310:15 - 10:30 VHL AwarenessRed, Purple, Blue
May 3 10:30 -10:45Tardive Dyskinesia Awareness WeekBlue
May 49:45 - 10:00 International Firefighters’ DayRed
May 410:00 - 10:15Children's Mental Health Awareness Week Green
May 410:15 - 10:30 OLANA 2022Blue, Teal, Green
May 410:30 - 10:45National Foster Care MonthBlue
May 510:00 - 10:15Red Dress CampaignRed
May 510:15 - 10:30Israel's Independence DayBlue, White
May 5 10:30 - 10:45Dutch National Heritage DayOrange
May 610:00 - 10:15Light it Up for Huntington DiseaseBlue, Purple
May 610:15 - 10:30Go Purple for BerkshirePurple
May 610:30 - 10:45Go Public Gardens DaysGreen
May 7 10:00 - 10:15North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) weekYellow
May 89:00 - 9:15International Women's DayPurple
May 810:00 - 10:15WorldLitTeal - World Ovarian Cancer DayTeal
May 8 10:15 - 10:30International Thalassemia DayRed
May 99:45 - 10:00EU DayBlue
May 910:00 - 10:15Europe DayBlue, Yellow
May 910:15 - 10:30American Lung Association's Turquoise Takeover Teal
May 10 9:30 - 10:00 VIP Tour TBD
May 10 10:00 - 10:15World Lupus DayPurple
May 10 10:15 - 10:30 National Nursing WeekBlue
May 1110:00 - 10:15Food Allergy Awareness MonthTeal
May 1110:15 - 10:30 Light Up for McHappy DayRed, Yellow
May 1210:00 - 10:15MCS Awareness DayYellow, Green
May 1210:15 - 10:30Fibromyalgia Awareness DayPurple
May 1210:30 - 10:45National Nurses Month/International Nurses DayBlue, White
May 1210:45 - 11:00Moose Hide Campaign DayOrange
May 1310:00 - 10:15Brother Sister Community DayBlue, Pink
May 1310:15 - 10:30In Memory of the local Niagara resident, Katrina BlagdonGreen
May 1410:00 - 10:15Apraxia Awareness Day Blue
May 1410:15 - 10:3060th Anniversary of the Grand Priory in CanadaYellow, Green
May 1510:00 - 10:15Support PackGreen
May 1510:15 - 10:30International MPS Awareness DayBlue, Yellow, Blue, Yellow
May 1610:00 - 10:15International Celiac Disease Awareness DayGreen
May 16 10:15 - 10:30National Do Something Good For Your Neighbor DayPurple
May 1710:00 - 10:15World NF Awareness DayBlue, Green
May 17 10:15 - 10:30 National Neurofibromatosis Awareness DayBlue, Green
May 17 10:30 - 10:45 Syringomyelia Awareness MonthBlue
May 1810:00 - 10:15National Day of HaitiRed and Blue
May 18 10:15 - 10:30National Eosinophil Awareness WeekMagenta
May 1910:00 - 10:15PSW DayGreen, Blue
May 19 10:15 - 10:30World IBD DayPurple
May 2110:00 - 10:15Victoria DayPurple
May 2110:15 - 10:30Lyme Disease Awareness MonthGreen
May 2110:30 - 10:45Save Soil MovementGreen, Blue, Green, Blue
May 2210:00 - 10:15Food Allergy (Anaphylaxis) Awareness MonthTeal
May 2210:15 - 10:30 Tourette Canada's Light It Teal for Tourette Syndrome Awareness MonthTeal, Blue, Yellow, Teal, Blue, Yellow
May 2310:00 - 10:15Paramedic Services WeekOrange
May 2410:00 - 10:15VON WeekBlue, White, Blue, White
May 2410:30 - 10:45University of IllinoisBlue, Orange
May 2610:00 - 10:15Independence Day of The Hashemite Kingdom of JordanRed, Green, White, Black
May 2810:00 - 10:15Memorial DayRed, White, Blue
May 2810:15 - 10:30Rankin Cancer RunOrange
May 2810:30 - 10:45Menstrual Health DayRed
May 2910:00 - 10:15National Day of the Republic of Croatia Red, White, Blue
May 2910:15 - 10:30 Walk to Make CF HistoryTeal, Blue, Teal, Blue
May 30 10:00 - 10:15World Multiple Sclerosis DayOrange
May 3110:00 - 10:15National Tourism WeekGreen
May 3110:15 - 10:30ADEM Awareness MonthOrange
June 110:00 - 10:15 LGBTQ2S+ PrideRed, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple
June 110:15 - 10:30National Deafblind Awareness MonthBlue
June 110:30 - 10:45World Infertility Awareness MonthPink, Blue
June 2Hourly 8:00 - 11:00Queen Elizabeth's 70th AnniversaryPurple
June 310:00 - 10:1512 Annual Italian Heritage MonthGreen, White, Red
June 310:15 - 10:30Wear Orange 2022Orange
June 510:00 - 10:15World Environment DayGreen
June 610:00 - 10:15Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) Awareness WeekPurple
June 910:00 - 10:15Brig's 60th Anniversary and Recommissioning of PathfinderBlue, White, Teal
June 9 10:15 - 10:30 Wound Healing MonthRed, White, Red, White
June 1010:00 - 10:15 Action Anxiety DayBlue, Orange
June 1210:00 - 10:15Mountainview LemonAID DayYellow
June 1310:00 - 10:15reserved
June 149:30, 10:30, 11:30Shine a Light for Canada's LifelineRed
June 1710:00 - 10:15CDKL5 Awareness DayGreen
June 1910:00 - 10:15Juneteenth Freedom DayRed, Green, Black
June 1910:15 - 10:30World Sickle Cell DayRed, White
June 2010:00 - 10:15World Refugee DayBlue
June 2110:00 - 10:15ALS Awareness Month & Global ALS Awareness DayPurple
June 2110:15 - 10:30 Migraine Solidarity DayPurple
June 2310:00 - 10:15Global HHT AwarenessRed, Blue
June 2310:15 - 10:30XLH Awareness DayPurple, White
June 2410:00 - 10:15Brain Injury Awareness MonthGreen, Blue
June 2910:00 - 10:15#Teal for SclerodermaTeal, White, Blue
June 3010:00 - 10:15PrideRainbow
June 30 10:15 - 10:30 Annual Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita Awareness dayBlue
July 110:00 - 10:15Canada DayRed, White
July 310:00 - 10:15Balls 4 EyeballsYellow
July 410:00 - 10:15Independence DayRed, White, Blue
July 510:00 - 10:15National Injury Prevention DayGreen
July 1010:15 - 10:30Nikola Tesla DayRed, Blue, White
July 1410:00 - 10:15Bastille DayBlue, White, Red
July 2010:00 - 10:15Colombian National DayYellow, Blue, Red
July 2210:00 - 10:15World Fragile X DayTeal
July 2810:00 - 10:15World Hepatitis AllianceGreen
August 5Hold Evening
August 610:00 -10:15Jamaica's 60th Anniversary of IndependenceBlack, Yellow, Green
August 610:15 - 10:30 Bolivia Independence DayRed, Yellow, Green
August 610:30 - 10:45Yellow Heart Memorial Covid March to RememberYellow
August 610:45 - 11:00Fundavir USARed, Blue, White, Green, Orange
August 1010:00 - 10:15Ecuador Independence DayYellow, Blue, Red
4478510:00 - 10:15Spinal Muscular Atrophy AwarenessPurple, Orange
August 1310:00 - 10:15Canada Summer Games - 13 for 13 Cultural Event Aurora Borealis
August 21Hold Evening
August 3110:00 - 10:1560th Anniversary of the Independence of Trinidad and TobagoRed, White, Black
September 110:00 - 10:15National Day of the Slovak RepublicWhite, Blue, Red
September 159:00 - 9:15Canada and Women in PolicingRed, White
September 1510:00 - 10:15Costa Rica IndependenceBlue, White, Red
September 1510:15 - 10:30 World Lymphoma Awareness DayRed
September 1710:00 - 10:15Conquer Chiari Walk Across AmericaPurple
September 1810:00 - 10:15National Day of ChileRed, Whtie, Blue
September 2010:00 - 10:15National Day of the Republic of CyprusYellow, White
September 2410:00 - 10:15Light Up for Mito - World Mitochondrial Disease WeekGreen
October 710:00 - 10:1510th International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness DayTeal
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 15 10:00 - 10:15International Wave of Light on Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day Pink, Blue
October 2210:00 - 10:15International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD)Green
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 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 - 10:15 Light 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 1810:00 - 10:15Independence Day of Latvia Red, White, Red
November 2810:00 - 10:15100th Birthday of Easter Seals Ontario Red, White