Falls at Night, Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls are beautiful at any time, and of course they have special beauty at night. The colorful lights creat mystic spirit of fairy tale, the people bring the excitement of the crowd, the music on the stage gives movement to the feet.
Watch fireworks over the Falls every Friday and Sunday from May 19th to early September beginning at 10:00pm.
Special displays are also held on holidays:
*U.S. Independence Day,
*Canadian Civic Holiday.
When the night comes, hundreds of people line the border of the river, waiting for the light show. As you can imagine, powerful focus of changing colors hit the falls, revealing them in a succession of colors.
It doesn't add much to the day show, and if you want to photograph you must be well equipped, or you will end like me, only catching the whites.
It doesn't take long and... it is free. So, why not?
Starting on May 21, 2010, there are fireworks that are shot off over the Falls every Friday, Sunday and holiday at 10 p.m. Additional fireworks shows are on Wednesday in July and August. From September 10 to October 8, 2010, the shows are only on Friday.
The Falls are also illuminated every night so even if it's not a fireworks night you should still take a stroll by the Falls to see them lit up. The hours of illumination vary depending on when the sun sets and the season, in the summer they are illuminated until midnight, in the colder months only until 10pm. The fireworks weren't all that spectacular, so if you are doing something else don't worry about missing them.
Don't miss this dark night time, which is actually not so dark, but enchanting. Why? Because illumination of Falls is magnificent!
Here is the schedule of lights-on time:
January 1 to January 2 5:00 p.m. - Midnight
January 3 to February 28 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
March 1 to March 31 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
April 1 to April 30 8:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
May 1 to August 17 9:00 p.m. - Midnight
August 18 to September 30 8:30 p.m. - Midnight
October 1 to October 31 7:00 p.m. - Midnight
November 1 to November 16 6:30 p.m. - Midnight
November 17 to December 30 5:00 p.m. - Midnight
December 31 5:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
The light display on the falls is a must-see thing and is absolutly beautiful! The fireworks are the best I've ever seen! And just strolling through town at night is a whole new and wonderful experience!
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2005 FALLS FIREWORKS SCHEDULE
Be thrilled with the spectacular free fireworks displays over the Horseshoe Falls, across from Queen Victoria Place From May 21st to September 5th, every Friday and Sunday at 10:00 p.m.
Plus Special Holiday Fireworks:
May 24th Victoria Day
May 31st Memorial Day
July 1st Canada Day
July 4th Independence Day
Check the updated schedual at the link below
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At night the Falls are spotlight with changing coloured lights. It's quite a beautiful sight to see and actually very romantic when you're wandering around with your boyfriend and the crowds have dispersed.
Niagara falls have spectacular views at night since the falls are illuminated and there are glittering lights on both sides but mostly on the Canadian side at Clifton Hill.
Operating on the auspices of the Niagara Parks Commission, the nightly illumination features 21 xenon lights with 18 in the Illumination Tower near the Queen Victoria Park area, and three opposite the American Falls. How bright are these lights? One spotlight gives off 250 million candlepower! That's quite a step up from the first lights used in 1879 with an illuminating power of 32,000 candles. It is Free nightly.
Every night after sundown, both the American and Canadian Falls are illuminated by floodlights until midnight (10 p.m. from January to April). As evidenced by the fact that this has been going on since 1925 -- another example of the falls' long history of tourism -- the light show is well done and highlights the stream of water. Not only do the colours change as the night goes on, but they can also change from one night to the next according to special occasions or events.
If you are only visiting Niagara Falls on a day trip, it is definitely worth it to stay until after dusk to see the illuminated falls before heading home.
Here's the schedule for the fireworks.. Try not to miss them, some of the nicest I've seen.. Walk home afterward will be OK as lots of people will be moving around.
2008 FREE FALLS FIREWORKS
Every Friday, Sunday and Holiday: May 16 - August 31.
Victoria Day, May 19
Memorial Day, May 26
Canada Day, July 1
Independence Day, July 4
Civic Holiday, August 6
PLUS BONUS SHOWS: Every Wednesday in July & August and every Friday from September 5 - October 10, 2008.
Do not leave Niagara Falls without seeing the falls at night at least once. It's very beautiful, romantic, and surreal. I saw several newlyweds prancing around at night during the time I was there.
On some days they will have fireworks displays over the falls, if you're going to be there for more than a day be sure to check out when they have a light show planned. Totally worth it.
After waking up around 2am our first night, we decided to take a walk down to the falls. What a great idea that was! It was so quiet and peaceful, there were just a few people there and you could hear the water and feel the mist so much better than during the day. I recommend just going down there to have some quiet time, rather than worrying about photos or meeting people. It will make your trip so worthwhile!
This is definitely a Highlight up at the Falls - it is absolutely amazing once they turn the lights on - we only stayed for two colors because it was very cold, but there is a place on Falls Avenue ( I believe) (it is usually a parking lot but at night no one's there) from where you can get a really good and close look at the Falls
I did not have a very good camera at the time, and was unable to take a photograph to show the absolute wonder of the Falls lit up at night, but believe me, it is worth staying up late for - a beautiful sight.