Time Square ball revamped ahead of new year's parts

The giant ball that traditionally drops as part of New York's new year celebrations will have a new kaleidoscope design this year.

Organisers have been giving it a test run by throwing a switch that illuminates 32,256 lights embedded in 2,688 Waterford crystals.

Organisers stand before the redesigned Times Square ball
Organisers stand before the redesigned Times Square ball Credit: APTN

At 6pm local time (11pm UK time) the ball will be raised to the top of a 130-foot pole at 43rd Street and and 7th Avenue in Times Square, and then lowered to usher in the new year.

A rehearsal ahead of tonight's celebrations
A rehearsal ahead of tonight's celebrations Credit: APTN

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