The Paris 2024 Olympic Games is this year!

The countdown is on! From 26 July 2024, Paris will be hosting the world's biggest sporting event: the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

A few months before the eagerly awaited opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, Paris and France are ready to welcome visitors from all over the world. This one-of-a-kind opening ceremony will take place on the Seine heralding the start of the Paris 2024 games, which promise to be spectacular, innovative, sustainable, and accessible to as many people as possible!

Holding a gala evening, receiving clients, even privately hiring a venue during the entire duration of the Games: all this is possible! Event venues in Paris and in the Paris region will be much in demand during the two 15-day periods of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It will however be possible to plan events during these periods. Paris opens its doors to you!

The Paris 2024 Games start now!

The Olympic Torch was unveiled on 25 July 2023, a year and a day before the start of the Paris Games. Symbolizing the Olympic spirit, the torch is made from recycled steel and powered by low-carbon energy. Created by the French designer Mathieu Lehanneur, it embodies the values of peace and equality, and puts the spotlight on Paris's great river, the Seine. In keeping with ancient tradition, it was lit on 16 April 2024 in Olympia - in Greece – the cradle of the Olympic Games. It is from there that the Olympic Torch Relay starts. More info on the Paris 2024 Games Torch.

The Olympic Torch Relay

After crossing the Mediterranean, the Olympic Torch will arrive in France, in Marseille, on 8 May 2024, from where it will begin its journey across France. It will cross iconic places such as the prehistoric sites of Lascaux, Alesia in Burgundy, the medieval city of Carcassonne, the famous Mont Saint-Michel, the town of Versailles and its Palace 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 leaves mainland France crossing Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, French Polynesia and Réunion as part of the Oceans Relay. Discover the Olympic Torch Relay route.

Other key moments leading up to the Paris 2024 Games

The Olympic Torch Relay is part of a full programme of events organized in the run-up to the Paris 2024 Games: A look at some of the key events to look forward to between now and the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games:

  • Until the end of summer 2024 - Paris 2024 Cultural Olympiad: a myriad of free events combining culture and sport.
  • From 1 April to 20 June 2024 – ‘Olympiade des Enfants et de la Jeunesse’.
  • April 2024 – Opening of SPOT24: A new 1,000m² multi-purpose venue located a stone's throw from the Eiffel Tower, which will include a major exhibition dedicated to urban cultures and new Olympic disciplines, as well as a tourist information point and a shop - the official sales outlet for 2024 merchandise and Paris Je t'aime products.
  • 8 May 2024 – Arrival of the Olympic Torch in Marseille and start of the Olympic Torch Relay across France.
  • Mid-May 2024 – Opening of the official ticket resale platform.
  • From 21 to 23 June 2024 – ‘Olympiade des Amateurs’: as part of the ‘Fête de la Musique’ and Olympic Day 2024.

Preparing for the Games also means transforming the city so that it can host the world's biggest event at its very centre. The French capital has been planning this for several years now with the objective of making the Olympic Games a catalyst for transformation and initiatives for a better quality of life in the city, during and after the Games. Read the article Paris gears up for the 2024 Games!.

Live the Paris Games to the full during the Games

During the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, visitors will be invited to gather to celebrate this major event at celebration sites and via free attractions and activities open to everyone.

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The key Parisian celebration sites unveiled:

  • The Champions Park at Trocadéro: set up opposite the Eiffel Tower, it will, among other things, welcome the medal winners to celebrate their victory with the public and will broadcast the major finals live.
  • The Club France in the Parc de La Villette: THE venue for supporters of the French Team.
  • The Parc Georges-Valbon at La Courneuve: the 3rd largest park in the Île-de-France will feature a giant screen, a packed programme of events and an 80-metre-high ‘skyliner’ (gondola system) for a spectacular ascent.
  • The ‘Off des Jeux’: the French capital is being transformed into a huge 'playground' with free, popular, and family-friendly festivities open to everyone, to be held in the city's many districts. The square in front of Paris City Hall is a key site welcoming ‘Off des Jeux’ events as well as Paris Plages 2024.