The 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony will take place on on Friday, February 9 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Find out when and how to watch online.

By Alex Richards
February 06, 2018
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Whether you’ve got a ticket to PyeongChang or you’re cozying up under a blanket at home, get ready to cheer because February 9th marks the opening ceremony for the much-anticipated XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Everyone’s excited, but with no roof on the Olympics opening ceremony stadium and severe winter temps expected to dip as low as 7 degrees Fahrenheit according to Reuters, the big question is: Will it be warm enough for 35,000 spectators to sit and watch? For those who do (and the rest of us at home), the spectacle should be worth it. The Olympics opening ceremony proudly incorporates the slogan “Passion. Connected” and will feature a message of peace and dazzling K-pop performances as beloved athletes from around the globe march into the Olympic stadium. Let the games begin!

What Date and Time Is the 2018 Olympics Opening Ceremony?

The Olympic Games opening ceremony will take place live in PyeongChang on Friday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m. local time. However, if you’re in the US, keep in mind the 14 hour time difference! The Olympic opening ceremony will stream at 6 a.m. EST on NBC, featuring commentary and interviews from NBC’s Katie Couric and Mike Tirico. If that’s too early for you, don’t worry, NBC will be re-airing the PyeongChang 2018 opening ceremony Friday evening at 8/7c. Wondering how long the Olympics opening ceremony live stream is expected to last? Figure on about two hours.

Olympics Opening Ceremony Schedule

According to the International Olympic Committee, the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony lineup should look like this (similar to the flow of events at past Olympic Games): entry by the head of state, playing of the national anthem, the parade of participants, the symbolic release of pigeons, the head of state declares the Games open, raising the Olympic flag and playing the Olympic anthem, the taking of the Olympic oath by an athlete, the taking of the Olympic oath by an official, the taking of the Olympic oath by a coach, the Olympic flame and the torch relay, and finally, the artistic program.

Probably the most controversial difference to the lineup compared to years past is the historic news that athletes from North and South Korea have agreed to march under one flag. This gesture goes hand in hand with the Winter Olympics 2018 opening ceremony culture and this year’s theme of peace, combining aspects of Korean history with its contemporary culture.

Although a few curling and ski jumping events will take place the day before the opening ceremony, NBC’s Olympics opening ceremony schedule will include Alpine skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, and luge. The full Olympics event schedule can be found daily at NBCOlympics.com.

How to Live-Stream and Watch the Olympics Opening Ceremony Online

There are plenty of ways to stream and watch the Olympic Games opening ceremony live. In addition to keeping NBCOlympics.com readily clickable on your phone, tablet, or computer, you can find all things Olympic on your Roku, Amazon Fire, or Apple TV by downloading the NBC Sports app. And for those of us more interested in getting precious sleep than on waking up at 6AM EST for the live broadcast, NBC will be re-airing a more streamlined broadcast of the opening ceremony at 8PM EST on Friday, February 9th.

Order of Countries in 2018 Olympics Opening Ceremony

The order of countries in the Olympics opening ceremony is sorted alphabetically in the language of the host country and then the flag bearer’s name and sport (with the exception of Greece, which always leads, and the host country, which always goes last).

2018 Olympics Opening Ceremony Performers

Considering the city has been planning this event since 2011, when PyeongChang out-bid Munich, Germany, and Annecy, France, it’s safe to say we’re in for a treat with this year’s Olympics opening ceremony performers list. Although most acts will remain secret until the big day on February 9th, the Olympics opening ceremony flags will be ceremoniously paraded by flag-bearers from over 40 countries. As for musical guests? According to Billboard.com, there are reports that the lead singer of indie rock band Guckkasten, Ha Hyun Woo, will be performing, as well as Ahn Ji-young of the female K-Pop duo Bolbbalgan4.

During the Olympics opening ceremony and throughout the month of February, stay tuned for coverage from a record 89 commentators, including journalists Rebecca Lowe and Liam McHugh, SNL cast member Leslie Jones, and gold medalists like Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton, Bodi Miller, and Apollo Ohno, to name a few.

USA 2018 Olympics Opening Ceremony Outfits

Get ready for some trendy red, white, and blue! Ralph Lauren, the official ceremony outfitter for USA’s Olympic athletes, has created eye-catching, patriotic—and warm!—ensembles. Most notably, all parkas and bomber jackets will be fitted with high-tech, battery-powered heating systems to keep Olympians warm for up to 11 hours. Underneath the outerwear, expect Ralph Lauren casual attire: slim jeans and patriotic sweaters, navy blue hats and bandanas, warm suede gloves, and sturdy mountaineering boots.

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