Niagara Falls Illumination

Falls Illumination
Falls Illumination
Falls Illumination
American Falls Illumination
Falls Illumination
Falls Illumination

Enjoy the Niagara Falls Illumination Board's enhanced falls illumination!

The illumination of Niagara Falls was first made permanent in 1925 with 24 carbon arc searchlights. In 1974, a major enhancement replaced the lights with a new Xenon system, which received minor updates in 1997. Now almost 20 years later, the Niagara Falls Illumination Board is excited to showcase the new LED lights. The $4-million revitalization project uses the latest technology to light the Horseshoe and American Falls. This new lighting will provide over twice the current brightness and a wider range of colours allowing for a full palette of colour combinations that wasn't available in the past. The new, energy-efficient system will also use 82% less power than the previous Xenon lights.

Every evening beginning at dusk the Falls are lit in the colours of the rainbow - don't miss the unmatched beauty of the Falls at night!

Illumination of the Falls has been Financed and Operated by The Niagara Falls Illumination Board since 1925.
 

FALLS ILLUMINATION SCHEDULE

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

 

SPECIAL NIAGARA FALLS ILLUMINATION CALENDAR 2021

The Niagara Falls Illumination Board offers special illuminations for charitable and not-for-profit organizations. These groups can submit requests here.

Date   Time   Event Colour(s)
Nov. 19   10 - 10:15   National Children's Grief Awareness Day Blue
Nov. 20   9:30 - 9:45   National Child Day/World Children's Day (UNICEF Canada) Blue
Nov. 20   10 - 10:15   Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month Purple
Nov. 21   10 - 10:15   Lung Cancer Canada White
Nov. 21   9:30 - 10   Lebanase Independence Day Red, Green, White
Nov. 24   10 - 10:15   16 Days of Activism Orange
Nov. 28   10 - 10:15   108th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Albania and Albanian Heritage Month Red, Black
Nov. 30   10 - 10:15   Stomach Cancer Awareness Day Blue
Dec. 1   10 - 10:15   World AIDS Day Red
Dec. 3   10 - 10:15   International Day of Persons with Disabilities #PurpleLightUp Purple
Dec. 5   10 - 10:15   International Volunteers Day Green, Blue, White
Dec. 9   10 - 10:15   The 22nd Annual Frederic Church Award Red, Yellow, Orange
Dec. 10   10 - 10:15   Human Rights Day Blue


NOTE: Illumination times are approximate and subject to change according to light conditions.


HISTORY OF THE ILLUMINATION OF NIAGARA FALLS

Lighting the Falls to allow visitors to enjoy the beauty of the mighty Niagara even at night, was first attempted more than 140 years ago. In 1860, a spectacular illumination of the Falls celebrated a visit by the Prince of Wales. About 200 coloured and white calcium, volcanic and torpedo lights were placed along the banks above and below the American Falls, on the road down the bank of the Canadian side of the gorge and behind the water of the Horseshoe Falls. The lights were called Bengal lights and were the kind used at sea to signal for help or give warning.
 

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