The Lausanne 2020 Ceremonies

An extraordinary celebration, a firework of colours, wonder and music will all characterise the opening of the Games. But that won’t be the only (Youth) Olympic Games Ceremony, since there will be two other kinds: The Victory and the Closing Ceremonies.

The Opening Ceremony will kick off the event and celebrate sport while presenting the culture of the host country and part of its history. During this majestic show the Olympic Bowl will be lit by the Olympic Flame and the Games will be declared open. The rest is a surprise… we won’t reveal anything else about the Lausanne 2020 Opening Ceremony yet, except that it will be held in the new Malley Ice Rink, Vaudoise Aréna, in Lausanne on January 9, 2020… a date to mark in red ink! Tickets will go on sale this autumn.

As the name suggests, the Victory Ceremony will be the occasion to honour the three top athletes in each category. Occasions, we should say! Because the celebration will take place in two stages: first at the event venue just after the competitions. Secondly, at the Medal Plaza – in the heart of Lausanne in the Flon district and in St. Moritz every evening: a high point when the winning athletes will take their place on the podium and receive their medals while the winner’s national anthem is played. A party will follow with concerts and DJs: a free festival open to everyone!

The Closing Ceremony 

It will mark the end of the 3rd Winter Youth Olympic Games. It is with great emotion that the Olympic Flame, which has been lit for over 4 months, will be turned off. An emotional yet very festive moment awaits!

Let’s gather on January 22nd at Place des Médailles in Lausanne (from 7pm) to say goodbye and celebrate the sport, the athletes and Olympism for one last time.

Programme: Wednesday 22 January 2020; from 7.00pm onwards

  • Closing Ceremony - 7.00pm (free entrance)
  • Concert by Bastian Baker - 8.20pm (free entrance)

Note that a special event will take place solely for the athletes and officials at the SwissTech Convention Center, on the campus of the renowned Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).