Times Square 2021



From December 31st at 6:00 p.m EST

The annual webcast, enabled by Livestream, will cover the action and festivities in Times Square, beginning with the Ball Raising at 6 p.m. EST, plus live musical performances, hourly countdowns, behind-the-scenes stories, and star-studded interviews as anticipation builds towards the midnight countdown and the famous Ball Drop. 


WATERFORD INTRODUCES THE GIFT OF HAPPINESS/New 2021 Crystal Theme: Gift of Happiness-The Eighth Gift in the “Greatest Gifts” Series

The iconic Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball is a geodesic sphere, 12 feet in diameter, and is covered by exactly 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangular panels.

The crystal panels are cut on both sides with a distinctive pattern, allowing the LED lights underneath to shine and reflect with unmatched brilliance. Gracing the sky high above the “Crossroads of the World”, this amazing creation is the most unique sight in all of Times Square.

Did you know that Waterford Crystal has been outfitting the Times Square Ball with brilliant crystal panels since the 2000 New Year’s Eve Celebration?

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. 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. On Friday, January 1st at 12:00 AM ET, billions of people from all around the world will tune in to witness the iconic 2021 Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball drop.

This holiday season, make your celebrations feel just as illustrious as the Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball with the 2021 Gift of Happiness collection which includes the commemorative Crystal Ball Ornament ($100), Triangle Ornament ($65), Flute Pair ($175), Emerald Cased Flute Pair ($250), Masterpiece Ball Ornament ($85) and Times Square Snow Globe ($65).


New Year’s Eve Ball Design


For Times Square 2021, 192 new Waterford Crystal triangular panels will be featured on the New Year’s Eve Ball, introducing the Gift of Happiness. This year’s “Gifts of Happiness” design will be included next to the past designs including last year’s “Gift of Goodwill” pattern. The Ball is capable of displaying a palette of more than 16 million vibrant colors and billions of patterns that creates a spectacular kaleidoscope effect atop One Times Square.

New Year’s Eve Ball History

The first New Year’s Eve Ball lowering celebration atop One Times Square was in 1907. This proud tradition is now a universal symbol of the New Year. The New Year’s Eve Ball is the property of the building owners of One Times Square. The first Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration was held in 1904.

Seven versions of the Ball have been designed to signal the New Year. The first Ball was made of iron and wood, weighed 700 pounds, and was covered with 100 light bulbs. In 1920, a 400-pound iron Ball replaced the iron and wood Ball. In 1955, a 150-pound aluminum Ball with 180 light bulbs replaced the iron Ball. In 1995, the aluminum Ball was upgraded with aluminum skin, rhinestones, and computer controls. In 1999, the crystal New Year’s Eve Ball was created to welcome the new millennium. In 2007, modern LED technology replaced the light bulbs of the past for the 100th Anniversary of the New Year’s Eve Ball. In 2008, the permanent Big Ball was unveiled atop One Times Square where it sparkles above Times Square throughout the year.

Fun Facts about the Waterford Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball:

• The 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles surround the 12 foot geodesic sphere which weighs 11,875 pounds.

• The Waterford Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball sits atop One Times Square for all to enjoy, 365 days per year!

• More than 1 Billion people worldwide tune in to watch the Waterford Times Square Ball drop on New Year’s Eve.