Watch: Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball glams up with 192 new Waterford crystals

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The world’s most famous crystal ball is getting ready for New Year’s Eve.

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The media got a glimpse of the Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball on Monday night, which has been infused with 192 new crystal facets from Irish crystalware company Waterford.

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In all, the 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles illuminated by 672 LED modules ensure that the nearly 6-ton disco ball will shine bright to ring in the last 60 seconds of 2021 and 2022 when it lowers at 11:59 ET on December 31st.

Waterford has decorated the world famous New Year’s Eve ball since the start of the new millennium 22 years ago. And since 2014, Waterford has been adding 192 crystal triangles to the ball every year. The addition depicts the “greatest gift” for each new year, representing hopes and themes, such as happiness, harmony and kindness, the company says. The “Gift of Wisdom” design for 2022 includes blue cobalt crystals.

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“The triangles feature a series of intricate wedge cuts that seem to be endlessly mirrored reflections of each other, inspiring our imagination with a kaleidoscope of colorful patterns on the ball,” Waterford explains on their website,

Fun facts about this year’s Times Square New Year’s Eve ball:

Organizers of Waterford and Times Square New Year’s Eve have called the ball “priceless”, but It is believed to be worth more than $1 million.

But for all these shocking facts and figures, the ball drop lies in fairly humble beginnings. The official Times Square site notes that New Year’s Eve ball making its first descent in 1907, when the New York Times—which officially opened its Times Square headquarters with New Year’s Eve in 1904—replaced 700 pounds of wood and iron with one hundred 25-watt light bulbs at midnight to begin the year 1908. dropped the ball. , And in the 114 years since then, thousands of revelers have gathered in person year after year to watch the ball drop in the center of NYC—with millions more tuning in via their TVs, and now on livestreams.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic has curtailed the celebrations for the past two years. While some 60,000 people typically crowded Times Square before the pandemic to watch the ball drop in-person, attendance this year will have been capped at 15,000 as COVID cases and deaths have increased due to the highly-contagious Omicron variant.

Also, fun-lovers will not be allowed to watch until 3 pm, which is much later than in previous years. And everyone present must show proof of vaccination and wear a mask — preferably an N95, KN95 or KF94 mask, which health experts say is more effective against the Omicron variant than a single-layer cloth mask.

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