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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)
November 2710:00 - 10:15Epilepsy Awareness MonthPurple
November 289:45 - 10:00Sarah Hamby's 12th Birthday BonanzaPurple
November 2810:00 - 10:15108th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Albania and Albanian Heritage Month Red, Black
November 3010:00 - 10:15Stomach Cancer Awareness DayBlue
December 19:45 - 10:00National Day of RomaniaBlue, Yellow, Red
December 110:00 - 10:15World AIDS DayRed
December 310:00 - 10:15International Day of Persons with Disabilities #PurpleLightUpPurple
December 510:00 - 10:15International Volunteers DayGreen, Blue, White
December 710:00 - 10:15World Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome Awareness Day Blue
December 98:00 - 8:15The 21st Annual Frederic Church AwardRed, Yellow, Orange
December 1010:00 - 10:15Human Rights DayBlue