The holidays are often a time for connecting with friends, families and others. With the holidays come parties, family trips and lots of gifts. Here’s how BlackBerry can help you be festive and efficient this holiday season.

Get in the Spirit -
Share your holiday playlist with BBM Music. Find the old standards you loved and the new holiday songs you’re hearing in BBM Music. Then share that playlist so that your BBM friends can celebrate the season with you. They’ll be able to comment on your selection and chat with you and others about it too. And the more BBM friends you have, the more songs you can enjoy. Don’t forget to watch the Jolly Old Elf with your little ones, using Santa Tracker! Follow Santa as he prepares and takes flight on Christmas Eve. Santa Tracker also allows you to send and receive letters from Santa and enter customized information. You also can get festive with the BlackBerry Avatar Ugly Sweater Expansion Pack. Celebrate with these un-stylish sweaters available in a wide variety of colors and looks just for the holidays.

Hosting a New Year’s bash? Hook up Slacker for BlackBerry PlayBook to the big screen with an HDMI cable, and your custom radio station becomes your personal DJ. Get creative at your holiday parties with fun cocktails and recipes. Use Mobile Bartender to serve delicious alcoholic and non-alcoholic concoctions, and feed your guests the very best with 12,000 Recipes Party Planner On-the-Go and Recipe Box for the BlackBerry PlayBook.

Travel Wisely
The holiday season means family vacations and time on the road. BlackBerry Travel will keep you organized while on the go. Not only does the app make it easy to plan and share your travel, the automatic trip-scanning feature recognizes itineraries that are emailed to you, no matter where you booked the trip. If your flight or train reservation changes, you will be alerted right away.

Planning a road trip this holiday? Save time and stay on track with BlackBerry Traffic. You can establish your ETA, find out if a road is closed, or decide to take a faster route. The new beta version now features voice guidance and turn-by-turn directions for free.

Want to keep in touch when flying? The Gogo Inflight Internet app helps you quickly connect to in-flight WiFi (when available) to get some last minute online shopping done.

Give with Heart and Stay Organized -
BlackBerry keeps you sane during the holiday rush. Use Giftopia to keep track of friends and family’s changing sizes, favorite colors and favorite brands to make sure you give with a personal touch. When shopping online or in-store, use Scoope to find the best deals; search by barcode and set price alerts so you know when specific products go on sale. To help you save money, use the Discount Calculator to quickly determine how much you’ll save on a discount item. And with eBay for BlackBerry, search, bid and buy gifts anywhere you are!

If purchasing online, BlackBerry Wallet retrieves information securely stored on your BlackBerry smartphone to make mobile, online purchasing faster and easier. And once your gifts are shipped, UPS Mobile and FedEx Mobile allow you to track and get an ETA for all of your items.