I can't comment about local festivities etc. However if you are after a great, relaxing place to stay that is still surprisingly cheap then I'd recommend Hotel Panache in Fada Ngourma (Google maps says GPS ref is 12.060195,0.369544).
We were there for a few days over Christmas last year. They have a pool, green grassy area, plenty of bike parking, kitchen you can use and the rooms out the back were something like 15-20 euro.
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