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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 new 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.

As of November 14, 2020, the “Inspired by Nature” display will become 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 7:30 each evening, with additional displays at 8:30, 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30pm.

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.

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 18 7:30 PM – 1 AM
March 19 – March 31 7:30 PM – 2 AM
April 1- May 14 8 PM – 2 AM
May 15 – May 31 8:30 PM – 2 AM
June 1 - 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)
April 1410:00 - 10:15National Medical Laboratory Week Purple
April 1610:00 - 10:15Go Blue for Child Abuse PreventionBlue
April 179:45 - 10:00Turn Canada Blue 2021 Blue
April 1710:00 - 10:15World Hemophilia DayRed
April 19Hourly 7:00, 8:00, 9:00International Year of Plant HealthGreen
April 1910:00 - 10:15Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Day Yellow , Blue, Pink
April 20Hourly 7:00, 8:00, 9:00International Year of Plant HealthGreen
April 2210:00 - 10:15Earth DayGreen
April 2410:00 - 10:15Human Values DayRed, Blue
April 2810:00 - 10:15National Day of Mourning Yellow
April 2910:00 - 10:15World Wish Day Blue, White
April 3010:00 - 10:15Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month Blue, Purple
May 110:00 - 10:15Doctor's DayBlue
May 39:45 - 10:00Anti-Vaping DayYellow
May 310:00 - 10:15Bladder Cancer Awareness Month Orange
May 59:45 - 10:00World Pulmonary Hypertension Day Purple
May 510:00 - 10:15Children's Mental Health Awareness Week Green
May 89:45 - 10:00International Thalassemia DayRed
May 810:00 - 10:15Ovarian Cancer CanadaTeal
May 910:00 - 10:15Europe Day in Canada Yellow, Blue
May 10 9:45 - 10:00Melanoma Awareness Month Yellow, Blue
May 10 10:00 - 10:15World Lupus Day Purple
May 12 10:00 - 10:15Nurses Week (Floence Nightingale's Birthday)Blue
May 149:45 - 10:00Independence Day of the Republic of ParaguayRed, White, Blue
May 1410:00 - 10:15Apraxia Awareness DayBlue
May 159:45 - 10:00International MPS Awareness DayYellow, Blue
May 1510:00 - 10:15Food Allergy Awareness MonthTeal
May 1610:00 - 10:15National Awareness "Do Something Good For Your Neighbor Day " Purple
May 1710:00 - 10:15World NF Awareness DayGreen, Blue
May 189:45 - 10:00Haitian National Day Red, Blue
May 1810:00 - 10:15Light up for Huntingtons DiseasePurple, Blue
May 199:45 - 10:00World IBD Day Purple
May 1910:00 - 10:15Honouring PSWs on PSW Day Green, Blue
May 2110:00 - 10:15Victoria DayPurple
May 2210:00 - 10:15Lite Up For Lyme disease Green
May 239:45 - 10:00Paramedic Services Week Orange
May 2310:00 - 10:15Food Allergy (Anaphylaxis) Awareness Month Teal
May 2610:00 - 10:15The Independence Day of The Hashemite Kingdom of JordanRed, Green, White, Black
May 289:45 - 10:00Menstrual Health Day Red
May 2810:00 - 10:15Memorial DayRed, White, Blue
May 2910:00 - 10:15National Day of the Republic of CroatiaRed, White, Blue
May 3010:00 - 10:15World MS Day Orange
June 49:45 - 10:00National Gun Violence Awareness Day Orange
June 410:00 - 10:1511th Annual Italian Heritage Day Red, Green, White
June 510:00 - 10:15World Environment DayGreen
June 610:00 - 10:15Sweden's National DayYellow , Blue
June 710:00 - 10:15Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) Awareness Week Purple
June 199:15 - 9:30World Sickle Cell Day Red, White
June 19Hourly 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00Juneteenth Freedom DayRed, Green, Black
June 2010:00 - 10:15World Refugee DayBlue
June 2110:00 - 10:15ALS Awareness Month & Global ALS Awareness DayPurple
June 2310:00 - 10:15Gobal HHT Awareness Day Red, Blue
July 110:00 - 10:15Canada DayRed, White
July 410:00 - 10:15Independence DayRed, White, Blue
July 510:00 - 10:15National Injury Prevention DayGreen
July 2210:00 - 10:15World Fragile X DayTeal
July 2310:00 - 10:15Egypt's National DayRed, White, Black
July 2510:00 - 10:15Julia's Journey (Help a Child Smile & Ronald McDonald House of Hamilton) Green, Pink
July 2810:00 - 10:15Bicentennial of the Peruvian IndependenceRed, White
July 3110:00 - 10:15Food Day CanadaRed, White
August 510:00 - 10:15Light it Up Green for MD Green
August 1010:00 - 10:15Ecuador Independence DayYellow, Blue, Red
August 1310:00 - 10:15Brother Sister Community Day Blue, Pink
August 3110:00 - 10:1560th Anniversary of the Independence of Trinidad and TobagoRed, White
September 19:45 - 10:00National Day of the Slovak RepublicWhite, Blue, Red
September 110:00 - 10:15Chiari Malformation Awareness Month Purple
September 69:45 - 10:00Childhood Cancer Awareness MonthYellow
September 610:00 - 10:15World Duchenne Awareness Day Red
September 710:00 - 10:15Brazillian Independence DayYellow, Green
September 910:00 - 10:15International FASD Awareness DayRed
September 1110:00 - 10:15Ovarian Cancer Walk of Hope Teal
September 159:45 - 10:00200 Central America Independence CelebrationBlue, White, Blue
September 1510:00 - 10:15Mexico Independence DayGreen, White, Red
September 1610:00 - 10:15Bicentennial celebration of Honduras Independence Blue, White, Blue
September 1710:00 - 10:15Conquer Chiari Walk/5K Across America Purple
September 189:45 - 10:00Jumpstart Day Red, White
September 1810:00 - 10:15National Day of Chile Red, Blue, White
September 2510:00 - 10:15Franco-Ontarian DayGreen, White
September 3010:00 - 10:15Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness Day Green
October 710:00 - 10:15International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day Teal
October 1210:00 - 10:15World Thrombosis Day Red & Blue
October 1310:00 - 10:15#LightUpMBC - Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness DayGreen, Teal, Pink
October 159:45 - 10:00Developmental Language Disorder Awareness Day Yellow, Purple
October 1510:00 - 10:15Shine a Light on Breast Cancer Day Pink
October 1510:15 - 10:30International Wave of Light on Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day Blue, Pink
October 2110:00 - 10:15Light It Up for NDEAMBlue , Purple
October 238:45 - 9:00Commemoration of the "65th" Anniversary of the Hungarian Red, White, Green
November 110:00 - 10:15MADD Canada's 2021 Project Red RibbonRed
November 210:00 - 10:15Color The World Orange for CRPS/RSD Awareness Orange
November 510:00 - 10:15CRPS Awareness (Ian Potts Foundation)Orange
November 11Hourly 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 & 11:00Remembrance DayRed
November 11Hourly 6:15, 7:15, 8:15, 9:15, 10:15 & 11:15Veterans DayRed, White, Blue
November 189:45 - 10:00World Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day Purple
November 1810:00 - 10:15National Children's Grief Awareness DayBlue
December 2 10:00 - 10:15Women’s Brain Health Initiative and Women’s Brain Health DayPurple