2012 is a year in the 21st century.
- This year is supposedly the dawning of a new kingdom, according to the followers of the Church of the Red Museum. They are supposed to have the world ready for this "new age". (TXF: "Red Museum")
- December 22:
- According to Frank Spotnitz on his own website, Chris Carter was already imagining, when Frank Spotnitz joined The X-Files' production staff in the series' second season, that the alien invasion would take place in 2012.  It is possible that this date was based on the 2012 phenomenon.