12/28/2011 12:01 pm ET

New Year's Eve Ball Drop Preparation For Ceremony With Special Guest Lady Gaga (VIDEO)

As the city prepares for the weekend with New Year's Eve parties and fancy dinners, a group of workers are preparing for one of the most iconic symbols signaling the coming of the New Year: the Waterford Crystal New Year's Eve Ball.

The 11,875 pound crystal ball will shine above Times Square, its annual home for over a hundred years.

But this year, workers have designed 288 new "Let There Be Love" crystal triangles for a special pattern that will infuse hearts and a diamond cutting.

What more could top off such a memorable moment? Lady Gaga, of course! Mayor Bloomberg has chosen the singer to join him in the New Year's Eve countdown and to help push the button to drop the ball in celebration.