Where to Watch Cascades of Fire in Niagara Falls

Cascades of Fire has come to Niagara Falls, Ontario!

For the first time ever, this international fireworks competition will be held in Niagara Falls beginning the weekend of November 9th. Typically known as the Symphony of Fire, Cascades of Fire has been re-branded to showcase the addition of Niagara Falls as the backdrop for this already spectacular event. Presented by Hornblower Niagara Cruises, the competition was originally scheduled to run for six nights over two weekends: November 9th to 11th & 16th to 18th, but was modified due to unprecedented and unforeseen events. The competition was limited to three countries presenting an 18-minute pyrotechnic spectacle synchronized to music. All shows commence at 9:00 pm.

This year’s competitors include China, Finland, and Brazil, with Vietnam, Italy, and Canada no longer participating.

Where is the Best Place to Watch Cascades of Fire?

With the flood of people coming to see the competition, it’s safest to get to higher ground, so, at 775 feet above the Falls, the Skylon Tower is the perfect place to see the show! Book your dinner reservation at our Revolving Dining Room or Summit Suite Buffet and enjoy free access to our indoor and outdoor observation decks where you can watch the competition. When it comes to memorable moments in Niagara Falls, the Skylon Tower is your go-to destination. Make a whole day of it with an afternoon at SkyQuest, our family Fun Centre, dinner in one of our restaurants in the sky, and some fresh air and fireworks to finish it all of.

There are numerous places along the Niagara Parkway where the firework displays will be visible, but these will likely be very crowded, so go early if this is your plan. As the dates get closer, those hotels with views of the competition will be filling up, so start making your phone calls now!

Where can we Hear the Music & Whats’s the Schedule for Cascades of Fire?

Tune in to STAR 102.5 (online or on the FM dial) each night of the event to hear the accompanying music for the pyrotechnic shows. Make sure to have your phone battery charged and that your car battery can last 20 minutes without needing a boost!

The official schedule for Cascades of Fire is as follows:

  • Friday 9th November 2018
    • Team China
  • Friday 16th November 2018
    • Team Finland
  • Saturday 17th November 2018
    • Team Brazil

How does the Judging work for Cascades of Fire?

Teams are rated in five (5) categories and can be awarded up to twenty (20) points in each category. At the conclusion of each display, jury members will individually rate the performance according to the following criteria:

  • Music Choice & Theme
  • Creativity
  • Selection & Use of Effects Within the Display
  • Visual & Musical Synchronization
  • Crowd Reaction & Appreciation

All awards will be presented at the Closing Ceremonies on Sunday 18th November by the Mayor of Niagara Falls.

Need to know more? Click the link to view the Official Rules for Cascades of Fire in Niagara Falls.


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