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.
The cold weather of the winter season provides unique opportunities for Niagara Falls nightly illumination to be further enhanced. During particularly cold conditions, the ice and snow that collects on the gorge and at the base of the the American and Horseshoe Falls glistens with vibrant colours and patterns beginning at dusk each night!
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.
Falls Illumination Schedule
|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 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 – 31||8:30 PM – 2 AM|
|August 1 – 15||8:15 PM – 2 AM|
|August 16 – 31||7:45 PM – 2 AM|
|September 1 – 19||7:15 PM – 2 AM|
|September 20 – 30||6:45 PM – 2 AM|
|October 1 – 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|
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
|February 14 - Valentine's Day||Pink and red every hour for 15 minutes, illumination extended until 2 a.m.|
|March 17 - St. Patrick's Day||Green every hour for 15 minutes, illumination extended until 2 a.m.|
|March 25 - Earth Hour||Falls will remain dark from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.|
|April 22 - Earth Day||Green every hour for 15 minutes|
|May 22 - Victoria Day||Purple every hour for 15 minutes|
|May 29 - Memorial Day||Red, white and blue every hour for 15 minutes|
|June 5 - World Environment Day||Green every hour for 15 minutes|
|July 1 - Canada Day||Red and white every hour for 15 minutes|
|July 4 - Independence Day||Red, white and blue every hour for 15 minutes|
|November 11 - Remembrance Day||Red every hour for 15 minutes|