Stunning photos show how Niagara Falls transforms at night with light shows and fireworks

Side-by-side photos show Niagara Falls at sunset and at night
There's a light show at Niagara Falls every night, and fireworks pop off in the summer.Joey Hadden/Insider
  • Have you ever wondered what Niagara Falls looks like at night?

  • During my first visit to Niagara Falls, I stayed in a hotel overlooking them.

  • At night, I saw the falls glow with colorful lights as fireworks popped off above.

I recently visited Niagara Falls for the first time and was in awe of how massive and striking they were.

The author views Niagara Falls from two different places
The author in front of Niagara Falls.Joey Hadden/Insider

While the falls are breathtaking during the day, I think they may be even more beautiful at night.

Fireworks at Niagara Falls
A fireworks display over the illuminated Horseshoe Falls.Joey Hadden/Insider

Niagara Falls is an iconic landmark of massive waterfalls located on the border between the US and Canada. It's also America's oldest state park.

Niagara Falls during the day
Niagara Falls during the day.Joey Hadden/Insider

Source: New York State Parks

For roughly $500 a night, I stayed in a room with a view of the falls at the Sheraton Fallsview on the Canadian side.

The author in a hotel room overlooking Niagara Falls
The author enjoys the view from her room.Joey Hadden/Insider

My room came with floor-to-ceiling windows and a door for a better glimpse of Niagara Falls. When I opened the door, I could hear the water crashing down.

A window in a hotel room overlooking Niagara Falls
A peak at the author's hotel room view of Niagara Falls.Joey Hadden/Insider

Source: Marriott

I booked this room for prime views of the falls during sunrise and sunset from the comfort of a couch.

Niagara Falls at sunset
A view of Niagara Falls during golden hour.Joey Hadden/Insider

But after the sun went down, I got even more spectacular views that I wasn't expecting.

Niagara Falls at sunset
The sun sets over the American Falls.Joey Hadden/Insider

First, the falls started glowing in changing colors, courtesy of the Niagara Falls Illumination board.

Niagara Falls lit up at night
Orange lights illuminate Horseshoe Falls.Joey Hadden/Insider

Source: Niagara Parks


I later learned that these lights are projected onto the water from the Illumination Tower and the Table Rock Centre rooftop. The edge of Horseshoe Falls also has lights on it.

Niagara Falls lit up at night
US colors illuminate from the American Falls while Canadian colors illuminate from Horseshoe Falls.Joey Hadden/Insider

The falls glow every night of the year, and the changing colors represent sunrises, the aurora borealis, rainbows, and sunsets.

Fireworks at Niagara Falls
A rainbow of colors illuminates Horseshoe Falls.Joey Hadden/Insider

Source: Niagara Falls Tourism 


The lights are coupled with a fireworks display every night at 10 pm from late May to early October.

Fireworks at Niagara Falls
Fireworks are on display above Horseshoe Falls.Joey Hadden/Insider

Source: Niagara Falls Live


Seeing the fireworks show begin from my bed was a happy surprise, and it made the $500 room totally worth it.

Fireworks at Niagara Falls
Snapshots capture fireworks over Niagara Falls.Joey Hadden/Insider

Read more: I saw Niagara Falls from 9 places. Here's how each viewpoint ranks from worst to best, including the one with the fewest crowds.

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