Waterford and Times Square New Year's Eve Reveal "Gift of Wonder" as 2016 Theme of the Waterford NYE Ball

Celebrate the Wonder and Excitement of all to come in 2016

Dec 27, 2015, 11:15 ET from Waterford

WATERFORD, Ireland, Dec. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- This year, Waterford and Times Square New Year's Eve encourage revelers to share in the "Gift of Wonder," the third gift in the 10-year "Greatest Gifts" series that will decorate the Waterford Times Square New Year's Eve Ball through 2023. Each annual edition of the gift series will reflect a collection of special themes that represent globally treasured aspirations. This year Waterford celebrates the celestial sense of wonder and all to come as we celebrate the start of a New Year.

"New Year's Eve is a holiday that encourages us to reflect upon the past year as well as distinguish what's to come for the year ahead. The Gift of Wonder symbolizes our everlasting fascination with the unknown and unexplored that takes us to new vistas. At Waterford, we're excited to celebrate the gift of wonder and look forward to all to come in 2016," said Waterford Group Vice President of the Americas, Michael Craig.

For 16 years, the iconic Waterford Times Square New Year's Eve Ball has counted down to the New Year with revelers from all over the world, inspiring celebration and merriment. Each year, Waterford designers introduce a new, signature cut crystal pattern, and the Waterford Ball is updated with magnificent new Waterford Crystal triangles. This year, 288 of the 2,688 crystal panels that adorn the Waterford Ball will be updated to feature the new custom-designed "Gift of Wonder" Waterford Crystal triangles, creating a quilt work pattern. Continuing the "Greatest Gifts" collection, the "Gift of Wonder" design features a skyline-like starburst cut that reflects sparkle, shine and brilliance giving us a sense of excitement and wonder of all to come in the New Year.

The new Waterford Ball design is accompanied by the 2016 Waterford Times Square Holiday Collection, starting with gifts at $45.00 USD. The "Gift of Wonder" faceted starburst pattern brings a sense of wonderment and fantasy to life in a crystal ball ornament, disk ornament, flute pairs (clear and ruby cased), blown glass masterpiece and replica ornaments, and snow globe.

The 2016 Waterford Times Square New Year's Eve Ball will drop at 12:00AM on Friday, January 1st to a crowd of approximately one million people in Times Square and over one billion people tuning in throughout the world to celebrate the awe and wonder of what the future holds in the New Year.

For more information on the Waterford Times Square Ball, please visit http://timessquarenyc.org/events/new-years-eve/about-the-new-years-eve-ball/index.aspx.

For more information on the 2016 Waterford Times Square Holiday Collection, please visit http://www.waterford.com/shop/holiday/by-collection/waterford-times-square.

About WWRD
WWRD is a leading provider of luxury home and lifestyle products worldwide, with well-recognised brands including Waterford, Wedgwood, Royal Doulton, Royal Albert and Rogaška. WWRD maintains unique licensing arrangements with some of the most high profile designers and innovators in the home and lifestyle market, including Vera Wang, Jasper Conran, Monique Lhuillier, John Rocha, Gordon Ramsay, Donna Hay, Jo Sampson and Miranda Kerr. Our products are distributed through premium department stores and independent retailers and wholesalers around the world, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Canada, Australia and Ireland. WWRD is the proud holder of the Royal Warrants by Appointment for tableware and giftware to Her Majesty The Queen for Wedgwood, and to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and Her Majesty The Queen for Royal Doulton.  WWRD was recently acquired by the Fiskars Corporation. www.wwrd.com.

Fiskars – celebrating centuries of pride, passion and design. Every day.
Established in 1649 as an ironworks in a small Finnish village, Fiskars has grown to be a leading consumer goods company with globally recognized brands including Fiskars, Iittala, Gerber, Wedgwood and Waterford. With iconic products, strong brands and global ambitions, Fiskars' mission is to enrich people's lives in home, garden and outdoor. Fiskars' products are available in more than 100 countries and the company employs around 8,600 people in 30 countries. Fiskars is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. www.fiskarsgroup.com

About Times Square New Year's Eve
The Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment are the organizers of Times Square New Year's Eve. The Times Square Alliance works to improve and promote Times Square so that it retains the energy, edge and distinctiveness that have made it an icon of entertainment, culture and urban life.  Countdown Entertainment represents the owners of One Times Square and the New Year's Eve Ball.

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