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he New Year is almost upon us, and with it comes a brand new bunch of themed apps perfect for the holiday. Thankfully, we've weeded through the countless "Countdown" apps to bring you a few of the very best ones you can check out (if you have a smartphone, that is).

First up is Times Square Official New Year's Eve Ball App, which, as you might imagine,  is an app that gives you an all-access pass to the festivities in NYC. Count down with the crowds in Times Square, stream the party live on your phone, send digital postcards of your celebration, and check out facts about the famous ball in the Big Apple. This free app has it all.

These New Year's Eve apps will prepare you for the countdown and beyond.

Balloon Party - Tap & Pop Balloons is a good one to occupy the kids while you're sipping some bubbly. This is also a free app, and this one includes games to pop balloons and smash pinatas—perfect for creating a mess. Although, unlike confetti, this one cleans up after itself.

If you want to send more customizable greeting cards from your party, check out the free app Appygraph - Greeting eCards. This one includes templates for the new year that you can attach to your photos to make up one heck of a Happy New Year!

Finally, if you can't get yourself to a fireworks show, you can bring the fireworks show to you with PyroTouch Fireworks Game. Create fun light shows, fly to new cities, and challenge your friends with this free game.