New York is a popular holiday destination for a reason. It's got the shopping and the shows, and for many it's a trip that defines the season. But it's also pretty much guaranteed to be a pricey excursion. Though it's no NYC, D.C. also gets into the holiday spirit and has plenty of winter activities such as ice skating, shopping, and concerts. Hotel rates tend to be lower than in New York, especially on weekends. There are plenty of free museums, and holiday performances tend to cost less in D.C. than they would in New York.