UPCOMING Exhibition

Christmas Tree Forest 2023

December 1, 2023 – January 7, 2024

Exhibitions are free with General Admission.

The IMAS Guild invites community members to enter the 2023 International Museum of Art & Science Christmas Tree Forest. This year’s theme is “Christmas Dreams” and is organized by the IMAS Guild.

The Christmas Tree Forest will be installed in mid-November at the IMAS. Each participating organization will create their tree ornamentation in advance and decorate the tree in accordance to the theme. The long-standing tradition of hand-made ornaments and decorations is one that the community looks forward to every year. This exhibit showcases the creativity and ingenuity of our community from pre-schoolers through adult groups!

Trees will be on exhibit from December 1 through January 7.

The IMAS Guild is a volunteer organization of women who support the museum through volunteerism and by raising funds for the museum’s exhibitions, cultural events, and education programs.

Age Categories

• Kinder – 2nd Grade
• 3rd Grade – 5th Grade
• 6th Grade – 8th Grade
• 9th Grade – 12th Grade
• Families / Community Organizations

Key Dates

October 20 – Tree Forest Application is due (Notice will be posted if all trees have been claimed and capacity is reached before the deadline.)

November 16-19 – Individual groups and organizations will be assigned a time during which they can decorate their tree. All ornamentation should be brought to the museum in its final form. Each group must bring all materials needed for installation including a step stool if needed.

December 1 – Tree Forest Judging

December 10 – IMAS Guild Christmas Tree Forest Awards Ceremony for participating groups


• Decorations must be handmade for award consideration.

• The museum will provide 6-7 ft. artificial tree with stand for each entrant. White lights provided by IMAS; no additional lights or electronics may be added.

• No copyrighted characters. No tinsel. No glitter.

• No food, perishable decorations, organic materials or materials of animal origin such as twigs, seeds, or fur.

• Trees may not be flocked or sprayed.

• One tree per class or club.

• Children or young people from the age category must be involved in making the decorations if the tree is entered in a child or youth category.

• Floor decorations should not extend past the 50” diameter of the tree.

• Decorations must be securely attached to the tree.

• Decorations not retrieved on take-down days will be disposed of by museum staff.

• Please bring your own ladder, scissors, tape, and necessary supplies during decoration time.

Violation of any of the listed rules may result in elimination from prize contention and a loss of points.

Christmas Tree Forest Application

The deadline to submit an application for this year’s Christmas Tree Forest: International Christmas is October 20, 2023. 

Decoration of the trees will take place November 16, 2023 through November 19, 2023 during IMAS operating hours.

Judging of the trees will take place December 1, 2023 and the award ceremony will be held December 10, 2023.

IMAS Guild at the 2023 Christmas Tree Forest Awards