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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.

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)
July 19:00-9:30, 10:00-10:30, 11:00-11:30Canada DayRed, White
July 19:30- 10:00, 10:30- 11:00, 11:30-12:00Indigenous PeoplesOrange
July 49:30, 10:30, 11:30 & 12:30Indigenous PeoplesOrange
July 4Hourly 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00Independence DayRed, White, Blue
July 510:00 - 10:15National Injury Prevention DayGreen
July 610:00 - 10:15100th Anniversary of the Poppy as a symbol of Remembrance in CanadaRed
July 1010:00 - 10:15Nikola Tesla DayRed, Blue, White
July 1410:00 - 10:15Bastille Day Blue, White, Red
July 2210:00 - 10:15World Fragile X DayTeal
July 2310:00 - 10:15Egypt's National DayRed, White, Black
July 2310:15 - 10:30Opening of the OlympicsOlympic Ring Colours
July 2510:00 - 10:15Julia's Journey (Help a Child Smile & Ronald McDonald House of Hamilton) Green, Pink
July 289:45 - 10:00World Hepatitis Alliance Green
July 2810:00 - 10:15Bicentennial of the Peruvian IndependenceRed, White
July 2910:00 - 10:15Blue Jays return homeBlue, White
July 309:45 - 10:00National Gastroschisis Awareness DayGreen
July 3010:00 - 10:1522 Anniversary of Throne FeastRed, Green
July 3110:00 - 10:15Food Day CanadaRed, White
August 510:00 - 10:15Light it Up Green for MD Green
August 610:00 - 10:15Bolivia Independence DayRed, Yellow, Green
August 610:15 - 10:30National COVID Awareness DayYellow
August 1010:00 - 10:15Ecuador Independence DayYellow, Blue, Red
August 1310:00 - 10:15Brother Sister Community Day Blue, Pink
August 1410:00 - 10:15Spinal Muscular Atrophy AwarenessPurple
August 1910:00 - 10:15Paralympic Games - WeThe15Purple, White
August 2510:00 - 10:15National Day of Uruguay Yellow, Blue, White
August 319:45 - 10:00International Overdose Awareness DayPurple
August 3110:00 - 10:1560th Anniversary of the Independence of Trinidad and TobagoRed, White
September 19:30 - 9:45 Arthritis Awareness MonthBlue
September 19:45 - 10:00National Day of the Slovak RepublicWhite, Blue, Red
September 110:00 - 10:15Chiari Malformation Awareness Month Purple
September 210:00 - 10:15 North American Festival of Wales 2021 Red, Green, White
September 49:45 - 10:00National Polycystic Kidney Disease Awareness Day Teal
September 410:00 - 10:15Alopecia Areata Awareness MonthBlue
September 69:00 - 10:00Childhood Cancer Awareness MonthYellow
September 610:00 - 10:15World Duchenne Awareness Day Red
September 710:00 - 10:15Brazillian Independence DayYellow, Green
September 810:00 - 10:15Mexico´s National Day Green, White, Red
September 910:00 - 10:15International FASD Awareness DayRed
September 1110:00 - 10:15Ovarian Cancer Walk of Hope Teal
September 159:30 - 9:45World Lymphoma Awareness Day Red
September 159:45 - 10:00200 Central America Independence CelebrationBlue, White, Blue
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 1810:15 - 10:30World Marrow Donor DayOrange
September 2510:00 - 10:15Franco-Ontarian DayGreen, White
September 3010:00 - 10:15Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness Day Green
September 3010:15 - 10:30National Day of Truth and ReconciliationOrange
October 19:45 - 10:00National Day of the Republic of CyprusWhite, Yellow, Green, White
October 610:00 - 10:15World CP 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 1410:00 - 10:15World Skin Health DayGreen, Blue
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 1910:00 - 10:15Mark it ReadRed
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
October 2810:00 -10:15Respiratory Therapy Week 2021 Orange, Purple
October 3010:00 - 10:15World Hypophosphatasia (HPP) Day Red, White
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 1710:00 - 10:15First Anniversary of the WHO Cervical Cancer Elimination InitiativeTeal
November 189:30 - 9:45Latvian Independence Day Red, White, Red
November 189:45 - 10:00World Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day Purple
November 1810:00 - 10:15National Children's Grief Awareness DayBlue
November 2410:00 - 10:1516 Days of Activism Orange
November 2510:00 - 10:15International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 2021 Orange, followed by Blue, White, Red
December 110:00 - 10:15World AIDS DayRed
December 2 10:00 - 10:15Women’s Brain Health Initiative and Women’s Brain Health DayPurple

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