The International Museum of Art & Science is inviting you to visit the Christmas Tree Forest “The Music of Christmas” Annual Exhibit presented by the IMAS Guild. The Christmas Tree Forest will be on display at IMAS throught the end of the year in the Welcome Pavilion.

The Welcome Pavilion has been turned into a Christmas wonderland, filled with trees decorated by some of the Rio Grande Valley’s most talented crafters. This year’s theme is the “Music of Christmas” and includes a total of 28 trees all of which are decorated according to a popular Christmas song. All participants dedicated ample time and effort into decorating their trees using only handmade materials.

Handmade angels sing the praises of the newborn Prince of Peace, while a cheerful assortment of reindeer, snowmen, elves and carol singers peer from the illuminated branches of the trees. And, of course, given the theme, there are plenty of snow-spattered and gold-dusted musical instruments. One tree, titled “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” even has glimmering CDs among the branches.

This annual exhibit is one of very few that is totally derived from community input and contribution. Each year the IMAS Guild chooses the theme, while the museum provides the trees; nonetheless, each tree is entirely the product of the creativity and craftsmanship of participating schools, business’ and organizations.

IMAS would like to thank all the participants of this momentous exhibit. Below are this years winners:

Kinder - 2nd Grade

1st - Easter Seals Child Development Center for “Angels Among Us.”

2nd - McAllen Public Library, Lark Branch, for “Toyland.”

3rd - Jessie Jensen Elementary for “The Nutcracker.”

3rd - 5th Grade

1st - Emma Vera Elementary Gifted & Talented for “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

2nd - Lorenzo de Zavala Elem. for “Jingle Bell Rock.” 3rd - Milam Elementary for “Welcome Christmas.”

6th - 8th Grade

1st - Creative Homeschoolers Educational Support for “The Little Drummer Boy.”

2nd - B. L. Gray Junior High for “Sleigh Ride.”

3rd - Lincoln Middle School Art Department for “Run, Run Rudolf.”

9th - 12th Grade

1st - Edinburg North High for “One Hundred Treasures for Christmas.”


1st - C.A.M.P. University for “We Three Kings.”

2nd - Pharr Community Outreach for “Posada Pinata Song.”

3rd - Gerling Orthodontics for “Christmas Bells are Ringing.”

Awards will be presented at a special reception, hosted by the IMAS Guild, on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. Visitors can also enjoy live “Music of Christmas” as preformed by a young group of caroling singers from Melhart Music.