The halls of the International Museum of Art & Science are heavy with anticipation for the annual exhibition of community-decorated Christmas trees. The IMAS Christmas Tree Forest is a five-decade tradition originating shortly after the opening of the 53-year-old museum. This annual holiday event is the brainchild of the IMAS Guild. It began the tradition of organizing community entries featuring a unique tree resplendent with hand-made ornaments and decorations showcasing the chosen theme.
This year’s theme is Nostalgic Christmas of the ’60s and ’70s. It is a nod to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Lunar landing as well as the Space Age. The exhibition opens Nov. 24 with an awards ceremony following Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. Here, the IMAS Guild with the help of a celebrity panel of judges this year will announce the winning trees. This panel are all McAllen citizens with a heart for the community.
“As a community-created museum, IMAS is honored to partner with community groups in presenting the traditions and cultures of the people in the RGV,” said Ann Fortescue, IMAS executive director. “Museums have important roles in their communities to serve as crossroads of discovery where audiences of all ages are invited and encouraged to learn through museum experiences.”
The Christmas Tree Forest will be on exhibit through Jan. 4 in the Welcome Pavilion of the IMAS. Admission is part of daily General Admission. Sunday admission is free with the support of a grant from the H-E-B Tournament of Champions.