Dutch movies to watch on Netflix this holiday season
One of the biggest indulgences at this time of year is the freedom to cuddle up for an evening on the sofa watching as many films and series as you possibly can, without even feeling guilty about it because the weather outside is so cold and grey (and likely rainy) that staying indoors really is the sensible decision.
But then, just as you’re ready with your popcorn and your cosy blanket you’re suddenly struck with one of life’s most difficult decisions: “What on earth am I going to watch on Netflix?”
Fret not! IamExpat is here with our list of some of the Dutch movies you can sit back and enjoy this Christmas season. Plus - while maybe not quite as effective as taking a Dutch course - watching films is a great way to learn a new language. Fun entertainment and learning Dutch at the same time? What more could you want!
Dutch Christmas movies on Netflix
There are a couple of fun festive (Dutch) films out there that you can watch this holiday season - and most of them even have English subtitles!
1. The Claus Family (De Familie Claus)
The film follows the story of Jules Claus who, when hanging around in his grandfather’s toy shop, finds a magical snow globe and discovers his grandfather is the real Santa Claus! In spite of the fact that he’s fallen out of love with Christmas, Jules decides to help his grandfather, and in the process learns to appreciate the most wonderful time of the year again.
2. The Claus Family 2 (De Familie Claus 2)
The original Claus Family film turned out to be so successful that Netflix decided to go ahead and make a sequel which came out December 7, 2021!
The sequel once again follows Jules, who has now taken over some of the gift-giving responsibilities from his grandfather. Everything seems to be going well until he receives a letter from a young girl who asks for something very special (and rather tricky) for Christmas.
3. The Claus Family 3 (De Familie Claus 3)
Can you see where we're going with this?
The Claus family are back, having returned to Netflix in 2022 with the third instalment in this popular Christmas series. This film once again follows Jules, his grandfather and his younger sister Noor. When Santa Claus himself runs into a little bit of trouble and is unable to deliver all the gifts, Jules and Noor step in to try and help save Christmas - but will they be able to do it?
4. Little Crumb (Kruimeltje)
This is a bit of a vintage Christmas film, but it's festive and heartwarming nonetheless. Little Crumb is the story of a mischievous 10-year-old orphan who lives on the streets of Rotterdam in the 1920s. One day, when the woman whose care he's under passes away, Kruimeltje decides to go on an adventure to search for his biological father.
Dutch movies you can watch with English subtitles
Not sure you’re in the mood for something festive? Don’t worry about it! There are plenty of other great Dutch movies available on Netflix.
This one is for everyone who ever dreamed of working with horses and becoming a rider! This 2019 film follows Megan and her best friend Julia.
Over their school holidays, the girls, together with their friend Eddy, start working at a local horse stable. Megan has always dreamed of becoming a successful dressage rider, and when she meets Whitestar, the two form an unbreakable bond, in spite of the horse’s unruly nature.
2. The Forgotten Battle (De Slag om de Schelde)
The film revolves around the Second World War battle known as the Forgotten Battle of the Scheldt. It follows the lives of three young people as their paths collide during the deadly battle and they are forced to consider their motives as they all fight towards the same goal: freedom.
There's something so magical about being able to see places that you recognise from your day-to-day life immortalised on the big screen. If you love the idea of diving into the cinematic side of Amsterdam then Anne+ might be the film for you.
Based on the successful Dutch series, Anne+ follows the main character Anne, a young woman who has recently finished university in the Dutch capital and is attempting to navigate her career, social life and romantic relationships.
Get cosy and get watching!
What are you waiting for - grab that remote or switch on your laptop and find the perfect film for tonight's viewings!
On the hunt for more Dutch films with English subtitles? Check out our picks for the best films on Netflix for learning Dutch!