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8 Movies Like The Clause Family You Must See

November 9, 2022

The Netflix movie The Claus Family is a Dutch Christmas movie, originally titled De Familie Claus. The story is about Jules finding out that his grandfather is the real Santa Claus. Due to his illness, Jules has to help his grandfather to distribute the gifts to all the children. The only thing stopping him is his hatred of the holiday, as his father died on Christmas Eve the year before. When things get out of hand for Jules and his family, the young man must make a decision and learn to come to terms with his loss.

Like most Christmas movies, The Claus Family celebrates the wonder of the season and the spirit of giving. The various conventional holiday films make the viewer feel nostalgic and rekindle the joy and family ties. If you like such heartwarming stories that bring an abundance of joy and magic, we have compiled a list of movies for you. You can watch most of these movies similar to The Claus Family on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon.

8. Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)

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Disney+’s ‘Ernest Saves Christmas’ is a comedy set against the backdrop of the holiday season. When Ernest, a taxi driver, discovers that Santa’s magic is weakening, he sets out in search of a new Santa. But the taxi driver has to hurry because Christmas Eve is just around the corner and the children want their presents on time.

Although this story is more comedic than The Claus Family, it subtly shows how the smallest of human actions can lead to a miracle. Apart from that, both films have a similar pace, because they have a common goal: all children should get presents on Christmas Eve. The Claus Family is packed with funny scenes peppered with emotional moments, making the story a healing experience.

7. Noelle (2019)

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Disney’s Noelle is a fantasy comedy about Kris Kringle’s children, Nick Kringle and Noelle Kringle. When Saint Nick asks Nick to do his chores and give all the children their presents, Nick gets nervous and runs off. So it’s up to Noelle to bring her brother back in time so that he can fulfill his duties. The film is a good mix of magic and humor, with Bill Hader’s comic timing making audiences laugh while Anna Kendrick adds the emotional layer. In many ways, Nick is like Jules from The Claus Family, reluctant to take on responsibilities. Although their reasons are different, their reactions are similar and drive the narrative forward.

6. Get Santa (2014)

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‘Get Santa’ is a quirky British Christmas comedy that follows Santa Clause going to jail for stealing his own reindeer. With gifts to distribute to all the children, Santa needs to escape from prison, so a parolee and his son come to his rescue. From the starting point of the story to the various moments where Santa tries to prove his identity, everything makes the audience laugh. Although the story is different from The Claus Family, both films show how the Christmas spirit needs to be rekindled in families and how a little faith in magic can go a long way.

5. Christmas & Co (2017)

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Originally titled Santa et Cie, the Apple TV+ Movie Christmas & Co. is a Franco-Belgian fantasy film set 10 days before Christmas. While making toys for children, Santa’s 92,000 elves fall ill, and Santa embarks on an adventure to find a cure for his toymakers. The film is an entertaining rollercoaster ride as Santa’s quest goes through various ups and downs, leaving viewers with the question of whether they will reach their destination in time. The various conflicts that Santa Claus encounters are reminiscent of the conflicts that Jules encounters in The Claus Family. The way both characters face and try to overcome the above challenges makes the film exciting.

4. A Boy Called Christmas (2021)

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Based on the novel of the same name by Matt Haig, Netflix’s A Boy Called Christmas is a British fantasy film that follows the adventures of Nikolas as he travels to the North Pole in search of his father and to find the mythical land of Elfhelm. On this quest, Nikolas embarks on a path that will soon lead him to his destiny. Like The Clause Family, A Boy Called Christmas contains all the conventional fairy tale tropes.

Facets such as a selfish character, a naive belief in magic and the revelation of something greater than humanity are present in both films. It’s fascinating that despite Jules and Nikolas’ polar opposites, their response to the miracles of Christmas is similar. These qualities of the two characters bring out the viewer’s inner child and make them feel nostalgic.

3. The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

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Netflix’s The Christmas Chronicles is a classic Christmas story filled with mischief, comedy, and most importantly, magic. When siblings Kate and Teddy try to capture Santa on camera, their actions cause Santa’s sleigh to crash. With all the presents gone missing, it’s now up to Kate, Teddy and Santa to make sure all the children get their presents on time.

Although The Christmas Chronicles does not contain as many emotional moments as The Claus Family, both stories share a similar core. In either case, a conflict prevents Santa from delivering the presents. However, the most intriguing aspects of the films are how children Kate and Teddy from the first film and Jules from the second film develop throughout the story.

2. Santa Claus (1994)

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Disney’s The Santa Clause is a fantasy comedy that explores the Christmas and holiday genre quite innovatively. When Scott unknowingly becomes Santa Claus, he must find a way to be with his son while keeping his identity a secret from his former wife. The Santa Clause is unique in the way it depicts concepts such as magic, love, family and how things work at the North Pole. Although there are significant differences between this film and The Claus Family, one thing in common is the portrayal of family ties. Both films are about the importance of family and that the holiday season is about being with the people we love.

1. The Polar Express (2004)

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Based on the children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express is perhaps one of the best Christmas movies of the early 2000s. Aside from being groundbreaking in animation and visuals, the story is very touching and leaves the viewer with a poignant message about the holiday season. The film follows the boy as he boards the titular train to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. The highs and lows of his journey and how he develops form the core message of the film.

The Claus Family and The Polar Express are different stories with little in common. Still, there are some similar aspects that leave a lasting impression and evoke different emotions in the audience. One of the main similarities between the two boys, Jules and the little boy, is their skepticism about the festival and the lore about Santa Claus. Her journey and character arc drive the narrative forward, culminating in a way that leaves the audience cheering.