Need an alternative to those THANKSGIVING staples like canned cranberry sauce, mysterious cheese-laden casserole, and languid post-meal napping? Atlanta has a lot to offer, from restaurants serving feasts of plenty to time-honored holiday events. Here are a few you'll be thankful that you knew about.
• Vegetarians delight! No turkeys were harmed in the making of Dynamic Dish's Thanksgiving dinner. Featuring such options as golden beet-and-ruby red grapefruit soup and wines from Avant Partir, owner David Sweeney has ensured that the bird will not be missed. $75. Reservations from 1-4 p.m. 427 Edgewood Ave. 404-688-4344. www.dynamicdish.net.
• Cozy Rosebud in Virginia-Highland will serve a family-style meal with a chef's take on traditional foods, including classics like turkey, glazed ham and herb stuffing. $20-$42. Noon-7 p.m. 1397 N. Highland Ave. 404-347-9747. www.rosebudatlanta.com.
• No Atlanta Thanksgiving would be complete without gathering at dusk for the annual Macy's Great Tree Lighting. Dress warmly, catch a ride on the Pink Pig and enjoy live entertainment to start the winter season. Free. 6:15 p.m. Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Road. 404-233-6767. www.simon.com.