The countdown to 2021 wouldn't be complete without a larger-than-life ball drop in New York City's Times Square — and Waterford Crystal is promising to deliver once again.
Though the socially distanced crowd will be smaller this year, Waterford is sticking with the tradition of its "Greatest Gifts” series.
"For over twenty years, the Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball has been the symbol of New Year’s Eve for people all around the world," the company said in a statement. "Part of the yearly tradition includes replacing 192 of the 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles on the Ball with designs from the yearly 'Greatest Gifts' collection. This year’s 'Gift of Happiness' design will be included next to the past six designs and last year’s 'Gift of Goodwill' pattern."
According to the official website for Time's Square, the "Ball is a geodesic sphere, 12 feet in diameter, and weighs 11,875 pounds," and its crystal triangles "vary in size, and range in length from 4 ¾ inches to 5 ¾ inches per side."
The dazzling design will be seen by billions watching New York City ring in the new year at 12 a.m. ET on Friday.
“While New Year’s Eve celebrations across the world will look different this year, we hope that Waterford’s 'Gift of Happiness' collection will inspire everyone to share happiness and generosity in 2021," Tom Brennan, Waterford Crystal's master craftsman and spokesperson, said in a press release. "We’re thrilled that the iconic Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball stands as an enduring tradition and sign of hope, and happiness, in trying time."
The Time's Square ball might be too big to bring home, but Waterford's "Gift of Happiness" collection includes items fans can fit through their front door, from the $65 Triangle Ornament to the $250 Emerald Cased Flute Pair, a decadent display for New Year's bubbly.
As for NYE celebrations, broadcast and virtual options abound: Billy Porter is joining Ryan Seacrest and Lucy Hale for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve on ABC, while Dua Lipa, Demi Lovato and J Balvin will perform at YouTube's Hello 2021.
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