On your marks, get set, go! With one year to go until the eagerly-awaited opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, Paris and France are ready to welcome visitors from all over the world. This unique opening ceremony on the Seine on 26 July 2024 will kick off the Paris 2024 Games, which promise to be spectacular, innovative, sustainable and accessible to as many people as possible!
The Olympic Torch will be unveiled on 25 July 2023, one year and one day before the Paris Games. A symbol of Olympism, it is made from recycled steel and powered by low-carbon energy. Created by French designer Mathieu Lehanneur, it stands for the values of peace and equality and highlights the inevitable Parisian river, the Seine. In keeping with ancient tradition, it was lit on 16 April 2024 in Olympia, Greece, the birthplace of the ancient Games. This is where the Relay of the Olympic Flame starts.
After crossing the Mediterranean Sea, the Olympic Torch will arrive in France on 8 May 2024, in Marseille, where it will begin its journey across French territory. It will pass through iconic sites such as the prehistoric site of Lascaux, Alésia in Burgundy, the medieval city of Carcassonne, the unmissable Mont Saint-Michel, the city of Versailles and its castle before arriving in Paris on 26 July 2024 for the lighting of the Olympic cauldron, after a journey of 12,000 kilometres. Note that from 8 to 17 June 2024, the flame will leave mainland France to cross Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, French Polynesia and Reunion Island as part of the Oceans Relay.
The Olympic Torch Relay is part of a rich program of events ahead of the Paris 2024 Games. Overview of the highlights to be experienced while waiting for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games:
During the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, visitors are invited to come together to celebrate this major event thanks to the many celebration sites in Paris, the Île-de-France region and throughout France and the various free activities open to all. In all, there are almost 200 celebration sites throughout France that are accessible free of charge. With or without tickets to watch the events, enjoy the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games to the full!
From 29 July to 10 August 2024 (except 2 to 4 August 2024), this is the place to be for sports fans. Set up opposite the Eiffel Tower, the Champions Park welcomes the medal-winning athletes to celebrate their victory with the public. The Celebration of Medallists, consisting of a parade of the previous day's medal-winning athletes, takes place every day, as does the Live broadcast of the major finals on the programme. The experience continues with artistic and cultural performances in this open-air arena.
From 27 July to 11 August, from 29 August to 8 September 2024, the Parc de La Villette and its Grande Halle will be hosting the Club France. This is THE place dedicated to supporters of the French team: you can follow their exploits, meet the French medallists, discover and practise new sporting disciplines...
The department of Seine-Saint-Denis is at the heart of the programming for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games thanks to the major competition venues spread across its territory, including the Stade de France, the Centre Aquatique, the site d'escalade du Bourget and the Arena Paris Nord. It is only natural that the department should host one of the major venues for the Paris 2024 Games, at the parc Georges-Valbon de La Courneuve. The 3rd largest park in the Île-de-France region in terms of surface area features a giant screen, programmes concerts (including 6 exceptional evening events), workshops, activities and artistic events, offers the practice of sporting and para-sportive activities, an 80-metre high skyliner for a spectacular ascent and a diverse range of restaurants. The Parc Georges-Valbon will also be the venue for the grand start of the Para marathon on Sunday 8 September 2024.