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)
Aug. 19 9 - 10 River Lions Championship Weekend Blue, Green
Aug. 19 10 - 10:15 Paralympic Games - WeThe15 Purple, White
Aug. 25 10 - 10:15 National Day of Uruguay Yellow, Blue, White
Aug. 27 10 - 10:15 The 30th anniversary of Independence Day of the Republic of Moldova Blue, Yellow, Red
Aug. 31 9:45 - 10 International Overdose Awareness Day Purple
Aug. 31 10 - 10:15 60th Anniversary of the Independence of Trinidad and Tobago Red, White
Sep. 1 9:30 - 9:45 Arthritis Awareness Month Blue
Sep. 1 9:45 - 10 National Day of the Slovak Republic White, Blue, Red
Sep. 1 10 - 10:15 Chiari Malformation Awareness Month Purple
Sep. 1 10:15 - 10:30 FemTruth Youth Womxn's Health Awareness Yellow, Teal, Pink, Purple
Sep. 2 10 - 10:15 North American Festival of Wales 2021 Red, Green, White
Sep. 4 9:45 - 10 National Polycystic Kidney Disease Awareness Day Teal
Sep. 4 10 - 10:15 Alopecia Areata Awareness Month Blue
Sep. 5 10 - 10:15 Dystonia Awareness Month Blue, White
Sep. 5 10:15 - 10:30 Prostate Cancer Awareness Month Blue
Sep. 6 9 - 10 Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Yellow
Sep. 6 10 - 10:15 World Duchenne Awareness Day Red
Sep. 7 10 - 10:15 Brazillian Independence Day Yellow, Green
Sep. 8 10 - 10:15 Mexico´s National Day Green, White, Red
Sep. 9 10 - 10:15 International FASD Awareness Day Red
Sep. 10 10:15 - 10:30 Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month Blue, Teal
Sep. 11 10:15 - 10:30 National Sep. 11 Memorial and Museum Tribute in Lights Blue
Sep. 11 10 - 10:15 Ovarian Cancer Walk of Hope Teal
Sep. 13 10:15 - 10:30 World Sepsis Day Pink
Sep. 15 9:30 - 9:45 World Lymphoma Awareness Day Red
Sep. 15 9:45 - 10 200 Central America Independence Celebration Blue, White, Blue
Sep. 16 10 - 10:15 Bicentennial celebration of Honduras Independence Blue, White, Blue
Sep. 17 10 - 10:15 Conquer Chiari Walk/5K Across America Purple
Sep. 18 9:30 - 10:45 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Rotary Club of Niagara Falls Blue, Gold
Sep. 18 9:45 - 10 Jumpstart Day Red, White
Sep. 18 10 - 10:15 National Day of Chile Red, Blue, White
Sep. 18 10:15 - 10:30 World Marrow Donor Day Orange
Sep. 24 10 - 10:15 Arthritis Month with Take a Pain Check Blue
Sep. 25 10:45 - 11 Lights of Hopey Red, Blue
Sep. 25 10 - 10:15 Franco-Ontarian Day Green, White
Sep. 28 10 - 10:15 British Home Children Day in Canada Red, Blue, White
Sep. 30 10 - 10:15 Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness Day Green
Sep. 30 10:15 - 10:30 National Day of Truth and Reconciliation Orange
Oct. 1 9:45 - 10 National Day of the Republic of Cyprus White, Yellow, Green, White
Oct. 2 10 - 10:15 Wrongful Conviction Day Yellow
Oct. 6 10 - 10:15 World CP Day Green
Oct. 7 10 - 10:15 International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day Teal
Oct. 10 10 - 10:15 Light Up Purple for World Mental Health Day Purple
Oct. 12 10 - 10:15 World Thrombosis Day Red & Blue
Oct. 13 10 - 10:15 #LightUpMBC - Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day Green, Teal, Pink
Oct. 14 10 - 10:15 World Skin Health Day Green, Blue
Oct. 15 9:45 - 10 Developmental Language Disorder Awareness Day Yellow, Purple
Oct. 15 10 - 10:15 Shine a Light on Breast Cancer Day Pink
Oct. 15 10:15 - 10:30 International Wave of Light on Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day Blue, Pink
Oct. 19 10 - 10:15 Mark it Read Red
Oct. 21 10 - 10:15 Light It Up for NDEAM Blue , Purple
Oct. 23 8:45 - 9 Commemoration of the "65th" Anniversary of the Hungarian Red, White, Green
Oct. 28 10 -10:15 Respiratory Therapy Week 2021 Orange, Purple
Oct. 29 10 - 10:15 Rett Syndrome Awareness Month Purple
Oct. 30 10 - 10:15 World Hypophosphatasia (HPP) Day Red, White
Nov. 1 10 - 10:15 MADD Canada's 2021 Project Red Ribbon Red
Nov. 2 10 - 10:15 Color The World Orange for CRPS/RSD Awareness Orange
Nov. 3 10 - 10:15 Show Your 4-H Colours Day Green
Nov. 5 10 - 10:15 CRPS Awareness (Ian Potts Foundation) Orange
Nov. 11 Hourly 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11 Remembrance Day Red
Nov. 11 Hourly 6:15, 7:15, 8:15,
9:15, 10:15 & 11:15
Veterans Day Red, White, Blue
Nov. 17 10 - 10:15 First Anniversary of the WHO Cervical Cancer Elimination Initiative Teal
Nov. 17 10:15 - 10:30 World Prematurity Day Purple
Nov. 18 9:30 - 9:45 Latvian Independence Day Red, White, Red
Nov. 18 9:45 - 10 World Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day Purple
Nov. 18 10 - 10:15 National Children's Grief Awareness Day Blue
Nov. 24 10 - 10:15 16 Days of Activism Orange
Nov. 25 10 - 10:15 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 2021 Orange, followed by Blue, White, Red
Dec. 1 10 - 10:15 World AIDS Day Red
Dec. 2 10 - 10:15 Women's Brain Health Initiative and Women's Brain Health Day Purple


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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