Forget 90210 — The Cool Zip Code For Kids Is 12345

Zip code 12345 is exclusively assigned to a sprawling General Electric plant in Schenectady, New York. However, come December, the GE mailroom brims with letters addressed to Candy Lane, Iceberg Drive, or Chillyville, North Pole. They all carry urgent messages for Santa Claus, and they all carry that child-friendly zip code. Even small children sense that a mailing address needs some numbers on the end, and what they normally think of is the first five numbers they know: 12345. In 1994, employees at the GE Power Systems division, which builds parts for electrical plants, started a holiday custom of answering letters to Santa that were received at the GE plant. Employees donate their time and sometimes reach into their own pockets for contributions.