The International Museum of Art & Science invites you to visit the annual Christmas Tree Forest now on display through Jan. 2, 2011.

This year’s theme is “Christmas at the Movies” and the Welcome Pavilion has been transformed into a motion picture forest filled with a total of 27 superbly decorated trees inspired by favorite movies and movie stars.

For over 30 years IMAS has hosted the Christmas Tree Forest which was birthed by the Junior League of McAllen, and continued annually by the IMAS Guild. This exhibit is one of very few that are totally derived from community input and contribution, and each year some of the Rio Grande Valley’s most talented crafters put their creative skills to the test to bring this annual public display to life.

Using only handmade materials, all participants have dedicated ample time and effort into decorating their trees. From The Wizard of Oz to Harry Potter, to Legally Blond and a tree dedicated to the one and only Johnny Depp, this year’s forest is a must-see!

IMAS would like to thank all of the participating schools, businesses and organizations who participated in the 2010 Christmas Tree Forest.

Below are this year’s winners:

Pre- Kinder - 2nd Grade 1st - Toy Story created by Central Christian School (Mrs. Copson & Miss Brendi’s classes); 2nd - Johnny Depp created by Jensen Elementary (Sharyland); 3rd - Charlotte’s Web (2006) created by Easter Seals RGV: Child Development Center.

3rd - 5th Grade 1st - Tarzan of the Apes created by Roel A & Celia R Saenz Elementary School; 2nd - The Wizard of Oz created by Emma Vera Elementary (Roma); 3rd - Charlotte’s Web (1973) created by Reed-Mock Elementary Special Education Resource.

6th - 8th Grade 1st - Night at the Museum created by Lincoln Middle School; 2nd - Bollywood created by R.D. Martinez, Sharyland ISD; 3rd - The Nativity Story created by Harvest Christian Academy.

9th - 12th Grade 1st - The Birds created by Creative Homeschoolers Educational Support System (C.H.E.S.S.); 2nd - The Nutcracker created by McAllen High School World Club

Adult 1st - The Polar Express created by Dr. John A. Gerling Orthodontics; 2nd - Miracle on 34th Street created by Central Christian School Teachers; 3rd - Legally Blond created by Hidalgo County Women’s Bar Association.

Awards will be presented at a special reception, hosted by the IMAS Guild on Sunday, December 5 from 2 p.m. TO 4 p.m. (This is the first Sunday of the Month and will offer FREE General Admission to the public). For museum hours, admission rates and location please call IMAS at 956-682-1564 or visit www.imasonline.org.