Shortcuts November 14 2001

Opelika, Ala.
It's a Victorian-style Christmas fantasyland at the Victorian Front Porch Christmas Dec. 6-9. Peruse the streets of North Opelika Historic Neighborhood and enjoy Christmas decorations and spirits along the turn-of-the-century homes. Call 800-321-8880.

Cypress Gardens, Fla.
For some flowery fun, head to the Flora Dome for the 11th annual Poinsettia Festival of Trees Nov. 21-Jan. 6. More than 40,000 red, white, pink and marble poinsettia blossoms will decorate the dome. Special features include a 16-foot poinsettia tree, an 8-foot waterfall and a miniature Swiss Village railway garden. Call 800-282-2123 or 863-324-2111, or visit www.cypressgardens.com.

Virginia Beach, Va.
More than 2 million lights brighten the way from Richmond to Virginia Beach at the 100 Miles of Lights Festival Nov. 22-Jan. 1. The sky will glitter with holiday light spectacles, parades, festivals and caroling at the stops of Williamsburg, Newport, Hampton, Norfolk and Portsmouth along the way. Catch the lighted boat parade as well. Call 757-926-7006 or visit www.newportnews.org/groupinfo/100milesoflights.htm.

-- Shelby Stanger??

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