Editor's note: This story has been updated for 2018.
If you're really into Valentine's Day, it's time to start making plans. Here are 12 ways to celebrate:
Champagne, Chocolate and Comedy
Laugh it up with well-known local comedians. Paul Varghese (Feb. 14) and Dean Lewis (Feb. 10 and 11) are the headliners, and Linda Stogner and others will also perform. Tickets include a glass of champagne and a box of chocolates for each guest. And you won't just laugh for one night, you'll also get a ticket to a future show. Feb. 10 at 8 and 10:15 p.m.; Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 14 at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. at Backdoor Comedy, inside the Doubletree Hotel at 8250 N. Central Expressway, Dallas. $37. Check our listing for more details.
Love Songs Dinner Show
Elvis tribute artist Kraig Parker serves up a hunka hunka burning love during a Valentine's dinner and show, complete with roses for the women. Meet Kraig at a pre-show winery reception with a ticket upgrade. Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Palace Arts Center, 300 S. Main St., Grapevine. Reception from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. at Messina Hoff Winery, 201 S. Main St., Grapevine. $50-$60. Check our listing for more details.
The Singapore Slingers' Sweethearts Revue
The band is offering a retro way to celebrate with an evening of romantic '20s and '30s music. Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Pocket Sandwich Theatre, 5400 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. for food and beverage service. $25. Check our listng for more details.
Valentine's Double Feature
Hear crooner Ricki Derek's smooth tribute to Frank Sinatra and see An Affair to Remember at the Granada Theater. Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. 3524 Greenville Ave., Dallas. Doors open at 7. $30-$42. Check our listing for more details.
Love Is in the Air
Chocolate-covered insects are among the hors d'oeuvres at Texas Discovery Gardens' Valentine's dinner event which also includes a stroll through the Butterfly House and a talk by entomologist John Watts about bug reproduction. Feb. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas (in Fair Park). $40 for an individual, $60 for a couple. Check our listing for more details.
Hot to Trot
Take a free carriage ride at two area shopping centers.
- Watters Creek offers horse-drawn rides on Feb. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Feb. 11 from 3 to 6 p.m. Rides are free but donations will be accepted for the American Heart Association. (Looking for more fun? There's also a free My Jazzy Valentine concert with romantic standards and ballads Feb. 10 and 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. between Vera Bradley and White House Black Market.) 970 Garden Park Drive, Allen. Check our listing for more details.
- At Hillside Village,carriage rides depart from the Decor Market/Honeybaked Ham parking lot on Feb. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Feb. 11 from 3 to 6 p.m. Check our listings for more details.
Beer Yoga: Partners
Get loose with some partners yoga in the taproom at the Collective Brewing Project, followed by beer. A $20 ticket gets you one hour of yoga and three beverages (beer, kombucha or cold brew coffee). Bring your own yoga mat. Feb. 3 from noon to 2 p.m. 112 St. Louis Ave., Fort Worth. Sign up in advance, more details here.
Donut and Beer Pairing Flight
What's not to love? Try Glazed Donut Works doughnuts paired with four brews from North Texas craft breweries. Feb. 18 with seatings at at 11 a.m. 1 and 3 p.m. at LUCK, 3011 Gulden Lane, Dallas. $18. Check our listing for more details.
Sweetheart Wine Trail
Sip your way through three wine tastings at each of seven Grapevine tasting rooms, plus you'll get a souvenir wine glass and food samples. Feb. 10 and 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $50-$55. Check our listing for more details.
Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Gallery
The studio offers two creative kinds of dates. At both, you will have the chance to choose and apply the colors for glass heart or flower creations, work with the artist to heat the glass in a 2,000-degree furnace and watch the pieces being made. The studio is at 701 S. Main St., Grapevine.
- At Help-Create Hearts + Flowers event on Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 to 6 p.m., you choose your colors from five pre-selected color mixes. No reservations are required (or accepted), it's first-come, first-served. $30 per flower and $45 per heart.
- At Hot Date Night, sip cocktails with your love and work with a Vetro artist on two pieces of glass art. For either program, the pieces will be available for pickup the next business day after 3 p.m. Various times Feb. 10, 13 and 14. Online reservations are required. $165 per couple (must be 21 or older to drink alcohol).
If you're more of the zombies-and-gore type than the flowers-and-candy type, some local haunts have creepy stuff in store.
Attempt to embrace the darkness with only a glow stick to light your path during Love is Blind at the Dark Hour haunted house in Plano. Feb. 9 and 10 from 7 to 11 p.m. and Feb. 14 from 7 to 10 p.m.at 701 Taylor Drive, Plano.
- At Hangman's House of Horrors' Fifty Shades of Fear on Feb. 16 and 17 from 8:30 p.m. to midnight, one person is blindfolded and has to trust his or her beloved as a guide through the thrills and chills. 4400 Blue Mound Road, Fort Worth. $29-$39.
- Moxley Manor is open for scary business Feb. 10 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at 510 Harwood Road, Bedford. $23-$35.
Deep Ellum Mimosa Walk: Valentine's Edition
Sip and shop your way through Deep Ellum taking in the sights and sounds of the funky neighborhood. Buy a wristband ($15 in advance, $25 day of) and you will get a souvenir glass that will be filled with mimosas at every participating shop. Check in starts at 11:30 a.m. and the event runs from noon until 3 p.m. Check our listing for more details.
Norma Cavazos contributed to this report.