Mums and dads at are bringing home their best presents ever after welcoming their little bundles of joy into the world on Christmas Day.
Parents and maternity staff at Royal Preston Hospital on Sharoe Green Lane North celebrated the arrival of eight newborn babies with carolling and an a special visit from Santa Claus.
Christmas miracle Holly Griffin was born at 2.41am to proud parents Neil, 34, and Caroline, 30.
The couple, who live in Adlington near Chorley, tried desperately to have a child for around two years before turning to IVF treatment in the hope of making their dreams come true.
Mr Griffin said: “We are absolutely delighted and we’re looking forward to getting home soon and celebrating Christmas as a family.
“We weren’t expecting her to come on Christmas Day. We had liked the name Holly for a while and it’s just a happy coincidence that she also happened to be born on Christmas.
“We have been waiting for a baby for a long time. We have been together for eight years and married for four.
“She’s everything we’ve been hoping for and our family is now complete.”
Brooke Brotherton, born at 4.09am to Mark Brotherton, 32, and Hayley Manchester, 26, weighed 6lb 4oz and was described as ‘beautiful’ by her delighted father.
Young mum Hayley Roberts, 21, struggled for hours to give birth to 7lb 9oz Sienna-Mai before ungoing a C-section to deliver the baby, who was positioned feet-first, at 4.33am.
Miss Roberts said: “It was terrifying. I don’t think I could have gone through with it if my boyfriend, Adam, wasn’t with me.
“But she’s gorgeous. Even though she’s 8lbs she looks so tiny. It was definitely worth it.”
Jack Robert Griffin was born to Matt Griffin, 30, and Kerry Sholicar, 30, at 6.31am. He weighed 7lbs 4oz.
He was followed 10 hours later by Melody McMahon, who ranks in as the smallest Christmas Day baby at just 5lb 6oz.
She surprised her parents Shauna Packer, 22, and Christ McMahon, 28, by being born four days late.
Miss Packer said: “I was convinced she was going to come early but she had other ideas!
“Now she has a birthday that will never be forgotten. And she’ll get twice the presents!”
The Royal Preston Hospital’s final Christmas baby came at 7.30pm.
Freddie Fox, born to Daniel Fox, 24, and Sarah Keane, 24, is this year’s largest Christmas Day newborn, weighing in at an impressive 9lb 3oz.
Mr Fox said: “He was so big they had to do a C-section to get him out.”
Midwife Sharon Roden said: “The Christmas shift went really well and staff were all in a festive mood.
“The mums all did fantastically and they all got a visit from the Salvation Army Choir and Father Christmas, who gave out presents to all the mums and babies.”